ALMA Awards

About the Show

Popular performers Eva Longoria and George Lopez returned as co-hosts of the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards, a star-studded kickoff to Hispanic Heritage Month that aired Friday, September 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) on NBC. Christina Aguilera, a five-time Grammy winner and popular coach on NBC's Emmy-nominated hit series "The Voice," received the 2012 NCLR Special Achievement Award for her incredible career and exceptional work in philanthropy. America Ferrera, Michael Pena, Nicole Richie and Wilmer Valderrama were among the many presenters on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of some of the most prolific Latinos in the entertainment industry, spanning music, television and film.

Longoria, the Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild Award-winning and ALMA Award-winning actress, producer, businesswoman and philanthropist, is executive producer of the NBC dating series "Ready for Love" and completed her eighth and final season of "Desperate Housewives." The film and television star won a People's Choice Award for "Favorite Female TV Star," has been named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" and was selected three years in a row in the prestigious Forbes Celebrity 100, as well as being named "Philanthropist of the Year" by the Hollywood Reporter.

Lopez is a multi-talented entertainer whose careers spans film, television, stand-up comedy and late-night television. He hosted his late-night talk show "Lopez Tonight" for two seasons, after co-creating, writing, producing and starring in his groundbreaking hit sitcom "George Lopez," which ran for six seasons and remains a hit with viewers in syndication. This summer, he hosted the dating series "Take Me Out," and debuted his third solo stand-up special. Lopez has been named one of the "25 Most Influential Hispanics in America" by Time Magazine, and the Harris Poll named him one of the Top 10 Favorite Television Personalities.

One of the most accomplished performers of the last decade, Aguilera also serves as a coach on NBC's Emmy-winning series "The Voice." No stranger to the ALMA Awards, Aguilera has received 10 ALMA Award nominations and taken home three ALMAs.

The 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards were produced by Dick Clark Productions' executive producers Orly Adelson and Barry Adelman, along with Eva Longoria and Janet Murguia, President and CEO of NCLR.