The Latin Recording Academy® announces its 2019 class of Leading Ladies of Entertainment

  • María Elisa Ayerbe
  • Lila Downs
  • Luana Pagani
  • Dayanara Torres
  • Elsa Yep
October 11, 2019 -- 9:30 am PDT

Recognizing the achievements of women excelling in the fields of arts and entertainment, the event will be sponsored by belVita and Hennessy 

MIAMI (OCT. 11, 2019)The Latin Recording Academy® has announced today the 2019 Leading Ladies of Entertainment, which honors and recognizes professional and socially conscious women within the arts and entertainment fields who have made significant  contributions, inspiring the next generation of female leaders. This year’s recipients will be honored at a private celebration to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Las Vegas, marking the event's third year as a kickoff to Latin GRAMMY® Week.

The 2019 Leading Ladies of Entertainment honorees are:

  • María Elisa Ayerbe, audio engineer and producer
  • Lila Downs, Latin GRAMMY/GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter and social activist
  • Luana Pagani, music executive, President & Partner, Seitrack US
  • Dayanara Torres, actress, model, author, and former Miss Universe
  • Elsa Yep, CFO/Executive Vice President of Operations, Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula

"It brings me much joy and pride to celebrate these passionate, courageous, and bold women during our annual Leading Ladies of Entertainment event," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., Latin Recording Academy President/CEO. "Through this exclusive platform, which continues to expand internationally, we aim to promote role models as living example for the next generation of young women who dream of a career in the arts, entertainment, or any other field they might want to pursue."

The annual Leading Ladies of Entertainment event is not only an opportunity for The Latin Recording Academy to recognize and highlight the work of incredible women, but also serves as a platform to raise funds for the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®.  A portion of the profits earned from corporate sponsorships will go toward a scholarship for a young woman interested in music studies.

To help support the event, belVita will come onboard for the first time as an official sponsor of the event.

In addition, Hennessy returns as the official spirits sponsor and joins forces with The Latin Recording Academy to honor outstanding women in entertainment who, much like Hennessy's brand campaign, Never Stop. Never Settle. They will warmly welcome guests during the luncheon with a signature cocktail featuring products from their brand portfolio.



The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community either directly or through its Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit


The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation was established by The Latin Recording Academy to promote international awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world's culture, and to protect its rich musical legacy and heritage. The Foundation's primary charitable focus is to provide scholarships to students interested in Latin music, as well as grants to scholars and organizations worldwide for research and preservation of diverse Latin music genres. Take action in supporting our mission by donating today via our Facebook page. For additional information, please visit us at For the latest news and exclusive content, follow us at @latingrammyfdn on Twitter and Instagram, and Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation on Facebook.


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