The inaugural Premios Los Angeles awarded trophies to some of the most trending musical acts in Mexican music including Luis Coronel, the popular 18-year-old singer who was crowned the newcomer of the year.
"I want to thank all of the L.A. fans," Coronel said, as he picked up his trophy during the pre-taped ceremony. "You've never failed me. I live through you."
The show, which opened with a performance by the Grammy winning band La Santa Cecilia during the live taping (May 28), was hosted by singer/songwriter Aleks Syntek. The program will air June 1 on MundoFox.
The awards, which included an online voting system available to fans, included 10 other winners including Spanish Latin singer Enrique Bunbury for best pop/rock album, Regulo Caro for best regional Mexican artist, La Arrolladora Banda El Limon for best banda artist and El Trono de Mexico for best artist tierra caliente.
Alex Rivera took home the prize for composer of the year, Buknas de Culiacan won for best altered movement artist, Amantes de Sinaloa took home the prize for best Los Angeles underground artist, Eddie Sotelo "El Piolin" won for radio announcer of the year and Elisabeth Espinoza took home the prize for crossover TV personality.
The program, which was taped at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, included performances and tributes to boxing champ Julio Cesar Chavez, L.A. politician Gil Cedillo, radio pioneer Pepe Garza and veteran regional Mexican singer Ramon Ayala.
"We are proud to have created a platform that spotlights and rewards the impressive work that our Latino artists are contributing to the world," said Humberto Valencia, president of HUMA Productions and creator of the event. "We look forward to continuing to recognize talented Latino artists and leaders through ‘Premios Los Angeles’ in the years to come."
The awards show will air on MundoFox and Ocho TV on June 1 at 7 p.m. (PT). The program is also scheduled to air in Mexico.