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Ana Bárbara & Kany Garcia to Be Honored at Billboard Latin Women in Music 2024

Ana Bárbara and Kany García will be among the artists honored at the second edition of Latin Women in Music, Billboard and Telemundo announced today (May 8). The program will air exclusively on Telemundo on Sunday, June 9.

Hosted by Jacqueline Bracamontes, the two-hour music special will celebrate Latina artists who “proactively work for positive change, inclusion, and gender parity in the music industry,” according to the press release. It will also stream on the Telemundo app and Peacock.

According to the initial list of honorees, the Queen of Grupera Ana Barbara will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her three decades of unparalleled influence in regional Mexican music and Latin pop.

Throughout her career, which dates back to the mid-1990s, the San Luis Potosí native has not only conquered hearts, but has also shaped the regional style, earning a special place in the history of Latin music. “Ana Bárbara’s success has represented a powerful statement of female empowerment, struggle and resilience,” the statement said. “She managed to break down barriers, concepts and opened the way for other women in the industry, becoming an artistic inspiration, and a symbol of admiration and respect in the regional Mexican genre.”

Meanwhile, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Kany García will receive this year’s Spirit of Change Award, which recognizes an artist who “drives positive change within music, society and beyond entertainment.” García — who just released her latest album, GARCIA — has used her talents and platforms to advocate for meaningful social causes, including support for LGBTQ+ rights, gender equality and social justice.

At last year’s Latin Women in Music event, honors were granted to those who’ve made significant contributions to Latin music and its industry. The recipients included included Shakira as Woman of the Year, Ana Gabriel as Living Legend, Thalia as Global Powerhouse, Maria Becerra as Visionary, Emilia as Rising Star, Evaluna as Tradition and Future and Goyo as Agent of Change.

In the coming weeks, Billboard and Telemundo will announce additional Latin Women in Music honorees in 2024.

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