FILE - Ivy Queen sings at the Premio Lo Nuestro ceremony on February 18, 2021 in Miami.  Reggaeton star and Mexican songwriter Mónica Vélez will be honored as Leading Ladies of Entertainment 2021 by the Latin Recording Academy along with public relations officer Mayna Nevarez, founder and CEO of Nevarez Communications, and Mia Nygren, general director of Spotify for Latin America .  All four will be recognized on November 16, 2021 in a virtual ceremony.  (AP Photo / Marta Lavandier, File)

MIAMI (AP) – Reggaeton star Ivy Queen and Mexican songwriter Mónica Vélez will be honored by the Latin Recording Academy as Leading Ladies of Entertainment 2021.

The honorees announced Wednesday also include public relations officer Mayna Nevarez, founder and CEO of Nevarez Communications, and Mia Nygren, Spotify’s CEO for Latin America.

The four will be recognized on November 16 in a virtual ceremony scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Miami (Eastern Time).

The Leading Ladies of Entertainment program was created five years ago to recognize socially conscious and professional women in the arts and entertainment industry who have made significant contributions and inspired the next generation of women leaders.

Ivy Queen is a Latin Grammy nominated singer-songwriter with more than 20 years of experience. In his lyrics he highlights themes such as the empowerment of women, gay issues and racism.

Vélez, winner of two Latin Grammy and author of more than 300 songs, has composed songs for Marc Anthony, Camila, Luis Fonsi, David Bisbal, Los Tigres del Norte, Reik, Paulina Rubio, OV7, Malú, Luis Enrique and Alejandro Fernández.

Nevarez has established herself as a publicist, speaker and philanthropist representing Latin music stars ranging from Daddy Yankee and Carlos Vives to Natti Natasha.

Nygren has spent much of her career connected to the business side of music, in combination with technology, and 10 years ago she joined Spotify, where she has worked in various departments and continents.

“These exemplary women give us the opportunity to reflect on the challenges that professionals face in the arts and entertainment environment today,” said Manuel Abud, executive director of the Academy, in a statement. there is gender inequality in the industry. For our part, we continue to focus on developing initiatives that help overcome the obstacles that women face, through educational programs, strategic alliances and a transparent voting process. “

“The work of these awardees is a source of inspiration, and we are very grateful to them for the positive impact they have had, and will continue to have, in our communities,” she added.

The tribute to the Leading Ladies of Entertainment 2021 will be two days before the Latin Grammy, which in its 22nd edition will return to Las Vegas after being held in Miami last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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FILE – Ivy Queen sings at the Premio Lo Nuestro ceremony on February 18, 2021 in Miami. Reggaeton star and Mexican songwriter Mónica Vélez will be honored as Leading Ladies of Entertainment 2021 by the Latin Recording Academy along with public relations officer Mayna Nevarez, founder and CEO of Nevarez Communications, and Mia Nygren, general director of Spotify for Latin America . All four will be recognized on November 16, 2021 in a virtual ceremony. (AP Photo / Marta Lavandier, File)

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