Looks like London Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte has something to “jeah!” about. Lochte along with other Olympians are being celebrated at the ALMA awards, a ceremony that honors entertainers and important figures in the Latino community. Usually the achievements are in music, television, and film but this year the ALMA’s have made room for Lochte, whose mother is Cuban-born.
Ryan isn’t the only Olympian to make the cut at the ceremony, he will be honored along with water polo champs Brenda Villa and Jessica Steffens, gymnast, Danell Leyva, boxer Marlen Esparza and runner Leonel Manzano.
Every year the ALMA’s give out a special achievement award, and although Lochte is not receiving it this year, it was announced that singer and “The Voice” judge Christina Aguilera will be picking up the achievement for her career in philanthropy. In addition the life and late actress Lupe Ontiveros will be remembered during the awards ceremony.
In addition to the honorees, the presenters were also announced on Tuesday, and those are Latin’s finest Rosario Dawson, Zoe Saldana, and Natalie Morales. Other presenters are “Ugly Betty’s” America Ferrara, Crash’s Michael Pena, Nicole Richie, and “That 70’s Show’s” Wilmer Valderrama. As for performances Flo Rida is said to take center stage with Roselyn Sanchez and rapper Pitbull.
In a statement released to the Associated Press, Eva Longoria said about the ceremony, “ The awards allow us to redefine to the rest of the world who we are and to showcase our contributions.”
The ceremony is said to be taped on September 16 and will air on September 21 on NBC.