The Hispanic Heritage Awards just got a little more iconic. Living legend Rita Moreno will be in charge of hosting duties for the Sept. 17 ceremony, to be held at the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C.
Launched in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation-produced awards show recognizes Latino leaders and innovators in arts, sports, education, healthcare, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and other fields.
“The evening will certainly be entertaining, meaningful and inspirational,” teased Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. The non-profit org partnered with Target — and nearly 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions which co-host the program — for the 2015 ceremony.
Moreno has been honored by the Hispanic Heritage Awards in the past and is a Hispanic Heritage Foundation board member. She will also perform on the show, airing Oct. 9 on PBS.
September will be a huge month for Moreno, who will be releasing her first-ever Spanish album, Una Vez Mas, on Sept. 25 via Emilio Estefan’ Crescent Moon Records/Sony Music Latin. Estefan also produced the record.
“It speaks to the fact that I can still sing at 83. We have fun stuff, we have serious stuff, we have ballads, and we have a jazzy version of ‘Brazil’ which I’ve been singing in my concerts for years. I really hope that it will have success,” the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winner tells Billboard.