“Trusting My Vision: A Heartfelt Thank You”

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Sporting a ’60s-inspired hairstyle and dress, Maria Becerra attended Billboard’s inaugural Latin Women in Music event, where she received the Visionaria award from newlyweds Lele Pons and Guaynaa on Saturday (May 6).

Thankful for Recognition

“I want to thank Billboard for this wonderful recognition as a visionary. Thank you for bringing together so many talented women and for thinking of awards that recognize the effort and work that each one of us puts into her career every day,” she said in her acceptance speech.

The Power of a Team

“This tribute is not just for me. This award has a lot to do with the ability to generate ideas, not to sit still for a second, but also with a great team that accompanies me and that enhances everything we set out to do. Thank you for trusting in my vision and thank you for also having a great vision, for your ideas, for your work, and for your love above all. And I want to send a shout-out to all my colleagues tonight, congratulate them on the incredible work they do.”

Performance with a Purpose

Becerra and her team took over the stage to perform their hectic urban cumbia song “Adiós” along with a nine-piece band. “Adiós” was placed in the top 10 of the Billboard Argentina Hot 100 list.

A Creativity that Never Stagnates

For Becerra, receiving the Visionaria award represents having confidence in her project and being surrounded by a team that supports her. “I am a very active person, I shoot ideas , of wanting to generate new concepts, of wanting to do new and different genres,” he previously told Billboard. “I think it goes more in that direction, in the sense of not stagnating and always thinking of new things and looking to the future.”

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A Two-Hour Special to Celebrate Latin Women in Music

Billboard’s two-hour special Latina Women in Music, hosted by Ivy Queen and Jacqueline Bracamontes, took place on Saturday, May 6 at the Watsco Center in Miami and airs the following day (May 7) on Telemundo.

Honoring Impactful Women

The first event of its kind, Mujeres Latinas en la Música celebrates artists, executives and Latina creatives working proactively for positive change, inclusion and gender parity in the music industry. Shakira received the first Woman of the Year award. Other honorees include Ana Gabriel as a Living Legend; Emilia as Rising Star; Evaluna with the Tradition and Future award; Thalia as Global Power, and Goyo as Agent of Change.

An Expansion of Billboard’s Women in Music Franchise

Billboard’s inaugural Latin Women in Music event was announced earlier this year as an expansion of Billboard’s Women in Music franchise. Billboard and Telemundo aim to further elevate Latin music globally and celebrate women who have made a concrete impact on Latin music through their artistic achievements, or tangible and notable actions, that have resulted in recognition and concrete opportunities for women, achieving positive change in the industry as a whole.

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