DID LATINOS GET POLITICAL ON THE RED CARPET AT THE LATIN BILLBOARD AWARDS: DON OMAR WAS THE BIG WINNER WATCH HIS VIDEO AND FIND OUT WHY

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CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO WATCH WHAT LATINO CELEBRITIES HAD TO SAY ON THE RED CARPET 

In the midst of the glitz and glamour of the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami, Fox News Latino asked deep questions while celebrities sashayed across the red carpet. While most of the media was interested in ‘what are you wearing?’ And ‘how do you feel tonight?’ We struck a different chord with the celebrities. We asked: ‘What are your views about the role of Latinos in this year’s election?’ And they loved it! We were praised for elevating this important matter and the artists were quick to open their heart and share their perspectives.

Wilfredo LeeAP Photo – Music producer Emilio Estefan walks the red carpet at the Latin Billboard Awards in Coral Gables, Fla., Thursday, April 26, 2012.

Emilio Estefan was quick to mention his participation in a call with the White House on Friday, and Wilmer Valderrama, who is actively involved with the organization Voto Latino, got extremely passionate about the growth trends of our community and his dissatisfaction with the Arizona law.

MIAMI, FL – APRIL 26: Akon arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards 2012 at Bank United Center on April 26, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images) RODRIGO VARELA / STRINGER MIAMI HERALD

R&B recording artist, songwriter and record producer, Akon talked about the importance of unity and the power of minorities sticking together to make a difference and let their voices be heard.

(L-R) Nacho, Jenni Rivera and Chino arrive at the Billboard Latin Music Awards 2012 at Bank United Center on April 26, 2012 in Miami (Source: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images North America)

La diva de la banda, Jenni Rivera, was equally passionate to motivate Latinos to get involved.

CLICK ON IMAGE TO WATCH MORE LATINOS SPEAK UP ON THE RED CARPET

You may wonder, why did we get political on the red carpet? Because our voice, our community and our influence is paced to make a critical difference on the race to the White House. A cover on TIME Magazine, controversies over the Arizona Law, a potential vice presidential candidate,  Marco Rubio and many more, are at the core of our conversations. Even for celebrities who are doing voter drivers and attending meetings at the White House.

The big winner at the Latin Billboards was Don Omar, watch his video and see why Don Omar took the most awards that night.

Latinos represent a potential 21.7 million eligible voters, according to the Pew Hispanic Center; however of those eligible in 2010 only 6.6 million actually headed to the polls; a number that can mark a historic difference in this year’s election. This disconcerting 30 percent or 15 million gap has been recognized by many organizations like Voto Latino; which is touring with the Mexican band Maná as part of their ‘Drama Luz’ tour; and other celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Jon Secada and Shakira have joined various functions at the White House in efforts to amplify and raise issues of our community.

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Comments

  1. erika cobio says:

    Latino Vote can definitely make a change in the upcoming elections! I’m glad latino celebrities are becoming vocal, and urging latinos to vote!

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