Controversy Surrounding Joe Lopez’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 43rd Tejano Music Awards – Tejano Nation

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The 43rd annual Tejano Music Awards recently announced that Joe Lopez, a paroled, convicted sex offender and legendary Tejano singer, would receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. However, this decision has sparked controversy and drawn criticism from Tejano music fans and followers of Jimmy Gonzalez, the late co-founder of Grupo Mazz with Joe Lopez.


In a statement released via social media, the Forever Jimmy G Organization expressed their concerns and urged the Texas Talent Musicians Association, producers of the Tejano Music Awards, to retract the misinformation that was shared in a mass email to their followers and media. According to the organization, the email which contained a biography of Joe Lopez falsely credited Lopez as the recipient of Grammy awards earned by Jimmy Gonzalez Y Grupo Mazz during his solo career from 1999 to 2018. The statement argues that this allows Lopez to “impersonate Jimmy Gonzalez and his career accolades, including that in which it is stated that Joe Lopez is the founder of Grupo Mazz, therefore adopting Jimmy’s awards.”

The statement asserts that Jimmy Gonzalez successfully continued as Grupo Mazz after Lopez’s departure in 1997 to pursue a solo career as Joe Lopez y La Nueva Imagen Mazz. During this time, Jimmy Gonzalez earned Grammys and Latin Grammys for Best Tejano Album from 2001 to 2004, 2009, and 2014. It is also a matter of public record that Jimmy Gonzalez registered the name MAZZ in 2000 and continued to do so until his passing in 2018.

Jimmy Gonzalez poses with Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards | Courtesy photo

The organization highlights that Lopez was incarcerated from 2006 to 2017 and was not actively nor publicly earning awards during this period. They argue that allowing Lopez to adopt these awards is misleading and diminishes Jimmy Gonzalez’s contributions to Tejano music.

The statement calls on the fans of Jimmy Gonzalez, his family, friends, and fellow musical artists to protest these statements and false history with the TTMA. The organization believes that these fraudulent claims are an embarrassment to the TTMA and undermine its years of prestige as an authoritative entity in awarding Tejano musicians’ accomplishments.

In light of these concerns, the organization kindly requests a public statement from the TTMA correcting the false information shared. They emphasize that such action is necessary to protect and preserve Jimmy Gonzalez’s legacy.

At this time, the TTMA has not responded to the Forever Jimmy G Organization. Given their longevity and credibility in the Tejano industry, it seems the urgency for the TTMA’s response is critical at this point. The fans and industry are holding them accountable for distributing inaccurate information, which ultimately is a disservice to not only the industry but also the legacy of Jimmy Gonzalez, Joe Lopez, and Grupo Mazz.


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Newport Beach Film Fest: Mark Ronson Tapped for Music Award, Will Appear on Live Episode of ‘Awards Chatter’ (Exclusive) – Hollywood Reporter

Mark Ronson, the British music producer and songwriter who has an Oscar, seven Grammys and countless hit tunes to his name will be this year’s recipient of the Newport Beach Film Festival‘s Outstanding Achievement in Music Award. He most recently executive produced the soundtrack, co-wrote the score and co-wrote numerous tracks (including “I’m Just Ken”) for Greta Gerwig’s summer blockbuster Barbie.

The award will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 14, immediately following a noon recording with Ronson of a live episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, hosted by yours truly, on the festival’s main stage at Fashion Island in the Bloomingdale’s courtyard. Attendance is free of charge.

“The Newport Beach Film Festival is extremely proud to recognize and honor Mark Ronson,” Gregg Schwenk, the festival’s co-founder and CEO, tells THR. “Mark’s impact on music is legendary. His collaborations with artists ranging from Amy Winehouse to Bruno Mars to Lady Gaga have been unforgettable. His latest endeavor, Barbie, illuminates his unique ability to shape our cultural landscape.”

The 24th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will run from Oct. 12 through Oct. 19.

Greater Grand Forks residents among Prairie Business award recipients – Grand Forks Herald

FARGO – Greater Grand Forks was well represented at the annual Prairie Business Awards event held in Fargo Thursday, Sept. 28. Between three of the magazine’s award contests, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks had 14 award winners who were among those honored at the Radisson Blu.

Prairie Business award winners Kathryn Kester, left, and Christy Dauer take a selfie at Thursday’s award ceremony in Fargo.

Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Honorees from 2022’s 40 Under 40, along with the 2023 winners of Top 25 Women in Business and 2023’s Leaders & Legacies and their guests enjoyed an evening of socializing and celebrating. Approximately 75 invited guests attended the event.

Prairie Business considers North Dakota, much of South Dakota and western Minnesota as its coverage area.

Korrie Wenzel, publisher of Prairie Business and the Grand Forks Herald, welcomed the honorees and guests.

“Once again, this was another fun party. It’s neat to see everybody socializing and meeting new people,” Wenzel said after the event. “Prairie Business does this each year, and we call out names of so many great business leaders and up-and-comers from three states. But it’s always really fun when we are able to recognize the successes and talents of people from Greater Grand Forks and our region.”


During a speech before handing out the awards, Wenzel said “the people whose names are called today represent so many great businesses from our region. Some – like our Leaders and Legacy Award winners – have already written most of the incredible story of their life and their time as business leaders. Others, like many of our 40-under-40 winners, are just starting on those stories. Meanwhile, Prairie Business is a teller of stories. Perhaps, someday, we’ll tell your story.”

Phil Gisi, founder and chairman of Edgewood Group of Companies, was one of the recipients of the Leaders & Legacies Award, which is bestowed upon those who have created a lasting impact and legacy in business. The honor was created in 2019 as Prairie Business magazine’s most prestigious award and honors executives from around the region who have had successful careers, including leaving a legacy of exemplary leadership.

Gisi, of Grand Forks, is an entrepreneur, real estate developer and innovator. He was out of town on business and unable to attend the celebration.

Jon Bogenreif, president/CEO, Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC, Fargo, was one of the honorees for the Leaders and Legacies Award. A group of colleagues and family members attended with Bogenreif to celebrate his achievements. He spoke with emotion when talking about how being successful is due, in part, to having the support of his family, pointing out his wife and his mother among the guests.

Four Greater Grand Forks professionals were honored with Top 25 Women in Business awards, a category that profiles female business leaders who have achieved remarkable success in their business and industry. They were Deanna Carlson Zink, CEO, UND Alumni Association & Foundation; Nan Larson, senior vice president, Frandsen Bank; Heather Strandell, senior director of clinic operations, Altru Health System; and Carrie Wilson, executive vice president, Vaaler Insurance.

“I am full of gratitude for being named as one of Prairie Business’ Top 25 Women in Business. What an honor to be alongside 24 impactful, dynamic women in our region. I love what I do. I get to lead a wonderful team for a great mission to support the University of North Dakota and its outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni,” Carlson Zink said.

Eight from Greater Grand Forks were named to Prairie Business’ 40 Under 40, which recognizes outstanding business professionals — age 40 and younger — from around the region who have gained notable achievements in their career and community. They were Landon Bahl, partner and director of business development, 322 Hospitality Group; Mallory Berdal, banking operations manager, Alerus; William S. Cromarty, founder/CEO, Kirkwall; Alicia Fadley, architect, Widseth; Christin Fine, director of environment, health and safety, Energy & Environmental Research Center; Jordan Grasser, professional engineer, AE2S; Kathryn Kester, community relations manager, Xcel Energy; and Megan Rupe, marketing team leaders, BeMobile.

“As a transplant to North Dakota, it’s an especially large honor to be recognized. The business climate here is so good that you can move here, found a business and be recognized for that is amazing,” Cromarty said.


“It was a pleasure to gather alongside all the others recognized at the award ceremony. I enjoyed seeing familiar faces and meeting new people from the region who are leading in their communities,” Kester said.

Said Rupe: “It was an honor to be nominated and even more flattering to win a 40-under-40 award. There is so much talent and innovation in the group that won this year it’s humbling to be included. For me being part of the group helps keep me motivated to keep seeking out opportunities and connect with like-minded professionals to keep the area at the forefront of business trends.”

The awards event included hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and musical entertainment provided by Billy Lurken, a musician from Mitchell, South Dakota. Sponsors of the event were Cornerstone Bank and BeMobile.

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Netizens predict the main award winners of this year’s ‘MAMA Awards’ and ‘Melon Music Awards’ – allkpop

With end-of-year music award ceremonies coming up soon, many K-Pop fans are curious to know which artists, songs, and albums will be recognized for making 2023 a memorable year for the music scene!

First, here are the netizens’ predictions for the ‘2023 MAMA Awards‘, taking into account digital, album sale, and global (Spotify) streaming scores.

1. Predicted ‘Artist of the Year’ – NewJeans


2. Predicted ‘Song of the Year’ – NewJeans “Ditto”


3. Predicted ‘Album of the Year’ – Seventeen ‘FML’


4. Predicted ‘Best Female Group’ – NewJeans


5. Predicted ‘Best Male Group’ – NCT Dream


6. Predicted ‘Best Female Solo Artist’ – BLACKPINK’s Jisoo


7. Predicted ‘Best Male Solo Artist’ – BTS’s Jimin


Second, here are the netizens’ predictions for the ‘2023 Melon Music Awards‘, based on available data of Melon’s unique listeners (ULs) and digital scores (streaming + downloads). 

1. Predicted ‘Artist of the Year’ – NewJeans


2. Predicted ‘Song of the Year’ – NewJeans “Ditto”


3. Predicted ‘Album of the Year’ – IVE ‘I’ve IVE’


4. Predicted ‘Melon Top 10’


5. Predicted ‘Best Male Group’ – NCT Dream


6. Predicted ‘Best Female Group’ – NewJeans


7. Predicted ‘Best Male Solo Artist’ – BTS’s Jungkook


8. Predicted ‘Best Female Solo Artist’ – Lee Young Ji


Notably, the above predictions do not make any estimates for points from judges’ scores.

What do you think of this year’s ‘MAMA Awards’ and ‘Melon Music Awards’ predictions?

Bad Bunny Will Perform a New Song at 2023 Billboard Latin Music Awards – Billboard

Bad Bunny is ready to sing a new song live on Oct. 5 for the first time, when he takes the stage at the 2023 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Billboard and Telemundo announced Thursday (Sept. 28) that the Puerto Rican superstar will be part of the ceremony at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida. The show will be broadcast live on Telemundo and simultaneously on the Spanish entertainment cable network Universo, on Peacock and on the Telemundo app. Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, it will be available on Telemundo Internacional.

They didn’t specify what song Bad Bunny will be performing. His most recent release is the reggaetón banger “Un Preview,” which just came out Monday.

The singer of “Tití Me Preguntó” and “Me Porto Bonito,” a 15-time finalist at this year’s Latin Billboards, joins a stellar list of artists confirmed to sing at the gala, including Calibre 50, Chiquis, Eddy Lover, El Alfa, Eladio Carrión, Farruko, Grupo Frontera, Justin Quiles, La Factoría, Los Ángeles Azules, Manuel Turizo, Marc Anthony, Marshmello, Olga Tañón, Los Sebastianes, Myke Towers, Nicki Nicole, Pepe Aguilar, Peso Pluma, Sky Rompiendo, Sofía Reyes, Tini, Ximena Sariñana, Yandel and Yng Lvcas. 

Mexican music sensation Peso Pluma leads the list of finalists with 21 nods across 15 categories, including Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Global 200 Latin Artist of the Year and Top Latin Album of the Year. His collaboration with Eslabon Armado, “Ella Baila Sola,” is up for six awards, including Hot Latin Song of the Year, Global 200 Latin Song of the Year and Sales Song of the Year. And his hit with Yng Lvcas, “La Bebe,” competes in five categories, including Hot Latin Song of the Year and Latin Rhythm Song of the Year.

Following Peso Pluma are Bad Bunny and Grupo Frontera with 15 nods each, including four together for their collab “un X100to,” while Karol G has 13, and Shakira and Fuerza Regida have 12 each. See the complete list of finalists here.

Among the special honorees, Los Ángeles Azules will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Latin Billboard Music Awards 2023, while Ivy Queen will be recognized with the Icon Award. Colombian superstar Karol G will be honored with the Spirit of Hope Award in recognition of her commitment to civic, community and humanitarian causes through her Con Cora Foundation.

As has been the case for more than 20 years, the Billboard Latin Music Awards coincide with Billboard’s annual Latin Music Week, the single largest and most important gathering of the Latin music industry, taking place Oct. 2-6. The event will feature panels, conversations and workshops at the Faena Forum and exclusive performances and fan experiences throughout the week in Miami. Shakira, Myke Towers, Vico C, Grupo Frontera, Peso Pluma, Nicki Nicole, RBD and many more are confirmed to participate.

Purchase tickets to the 2023 Billboard Latin Music Week here.

Frank’s Automotive vies for Top Small Business Award – Foothills Sun Gazette

Nothing “small” about this business award

As a preliminary finalist for the America’s Top Small Business Award, Frank’s Automotive is being honored as one of the best small businesses out of 15,000 award applicants, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The shop was named alongside nine other preliminary finalists from the chamber’s western region, which includes California, Arizona, Hawai’i, Utah and Nevada, and will be judged alongside those businesses for a spot as a finalist.

‘Patient #1,’ About a Russian Leader’s Fall From Power, Wins Werner Herzog Film Award (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety

Rezo Gigineishvili’s “Patient #1” is the 2023 winner of the annual Werner Herzog Film Award.

Set at the end of the Soviet era, the film focuses on the decline in power of Konstantin Chernenko, a Russian leader with failing health who is surrounded by a large medical team. He is old and frail, but has a tight grip on power. He is waging a war in Afghanistan, has a nuclear button and can take the entire world to the grave with him. It is convenient for both the elites and the secret services to keep the leader alive and various groups are scoring political points.

The cast includes Aleksandr Filippenko, Olga Makeeva, Inna Churikova, Igor Chernevich and Sergey Gilev. The film is produced by Archil Gelovani, Sergey Yahontov for Georgian outfit Independent Film Project.

Gigineishvili previously directed “Hostages” (2017) which premiered at the Berlinale and participated in more than 30 international film festivals including Telluride, Edinburgh, Thessaloniki, Sarajevo, Shanghai, Haifa and Cairo.

“This story came about during the lockdown. We were all staying inside, receiving hourly texts about people dying. That collective tension made me remember the days when I was taking care of my dying father. Those memories weighed heavily on me. That’s when I came across a volume by Leo Tolstoy. I re-read his short story ‘The Death of Ivan Ilyich’ centered around the character of a terminally ill high-court judge. Tolstoy’s musings on the psychology of life and death became the main inspiration for the film,” Gigineishvili said.

“The tragedy of power is a plot from the antique classics. The level of loneliness experienced by the main character still sends chills down my spine, while his near childlike infirmity makes me feel sorry for him,” Gigineishvili added.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov wrote a letter of support for the film: “It deals with an extremely important and more than relevant issue of power taken at will, since for some rulers it is the ultimate value. Power, a great, coveted, and almost infernal force enslaves the dictator himself in the end, depriving him of his freedom.”

Once a year the Werner Herzog Foundation offers the Werner Herzog Film Award in cooperation with the Film Archive Munich. The award is meant for innovative works by filmmakers all around the world and is endowed with €5,000 ($5,270).

Past winners include Asghar Farhadi’s “A Hero,” Natalija Yefimkina’s “Garage People” and Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider.”

Sarah Jessica Parker to Host the 2023 CFDA Fashion Awards … – WWD

Sarah Jessica Parker will host the 2023 CFDA Fashion Awards presented by Amazon Fashion.

The award-winning actor, producer, publisher, businesswoman and designer will host the evening’s awards ceremony that takes place Nov. 6 at the American Museum of Natural History.

Parker owns and operates her own footwear label SJP Collection, which she founded in 2014, a beauty business, SJP Beauty, and has a footwear boutique at 385 Bleecker Street in New York City. She is closely aligned with the fashion industry as a frequent attendee of the Met Gala and a front row guest at fashion shows, not to mention starring in fashion-obsessed TV shows such as “And Just Like That,” and “Sex and the City.”

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“Sarah Jessica represents the best of what American fashion is…Smart…fiercely individual…not afraid to have fun…It is an honor to have her host the 2023 CFDA Awards,” said CFDA chairman Thom Browne.

“It is my great privilege and honor to oblige any request from the great Thom Browne. I hope to be a good shepherd on Nov. 6 and look forward to honoring the deserving nominees,” said Parker.

Amazon Fashion is the presenting partner for the CFDA Fashion Awards.

Awards will be given for Womenswear Designer of the Year, Menswear Designer of the Year, Accessories Designer of the Year, and Shop with Google Emerging Designer, whose winners will revealed that night.

Special awards to be given out that night include the board of directors tribute award to Vera Wang in recognition of her impact on the bridal industry; the Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert to Domenico De Sole; the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award to Maria Cornejo; the Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard to Alina Cho; the Environmental Sustainability Award to Mara Hoffman, and the International Designer of the Year Award to Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson and Loewe, as reported.

Steve Mac, Pablo Bowman Navarro & More Win at 2023 ASCAP London Music Awards – Billboard

Steve Mac, Pablo Bowman Navarro and Aynzli Jones are the top winners at the ASCAP London Music Awards 2023, which shine a light on British songwriting and composing talent for their U.S. success. This year, the winners will be revealed on @ascap social media Tuesday (Sept. 26), starting at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Navarro takes home three awards including songwriter of the year and top Hot Dance/Electronic song. He shares the latter award with Sarah Baby Blanchard, Claudia Valentina and Lostboy for co-writing “The Motto” by Tiësto and Ava Max. The song reached No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

Navarro also wins a Hot Dance/Electronic song award for “Numb” by Marshmello and Khalid, which reached No. 3 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Navarrro co-wrote the song with Richard Boardman, a fellow member of songwriting collective The Six. Navarro has gained a profile as a top hitmaker over the last few years with a catalogue that includes Anne-Marie and Marshmello’s global hit “Friends” as well as tracks for stars such as Bebe Rexha, Jonas Brothers and Alan Walker. His catalogue has accumulated 7 billion streams on Spotify.

Mac takes home both song of the year and top streaming song for Ed Sheeran’s smash, “Shivers.” The song reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the chart for a full year. It also topped charts around the world, surpassing 1.35 billion streams on Spotify. Mac and Sheeran previously collaborated on 2017’s “Shape of You.” These two gongs represent Mac’s 19th and 20th ASCAP London Music Awards.

Jones wins his first ASCAP London Music Award with the Hot 100 song award for Doja Cat’s “Woman.” The song from Doja’s third studio album rose to No. 7 on the Hot 100 and, like “Shivers,” logged a full year on the chart. “Woman” also received a Grammy nod for record of the year, marking the third consecutive year Doja was nominated in that marquee category.

Top box office film of the year goes to Daniel Pemberton for his soundtrack for The Bad Guys. He also takes a top box office film award for his work on Amsterdam. Other top box office film awards go to John Lunn for Downton Abbey: A New Era, Dickon Hinchliffe for Father Stu, and Robin Carolan and Sebastian Gainsborough for The Northman. Joby Talbot wins for the second year in a row for Sing 2, Patrick Doyle wins for Death on the Nile and Jonny Greenwood wins for Licorice Pizza. The Radiohead multi-instrumentalist and composer was recognized in the same category last year for his soundtrack to Spencer.

In the world of film and TV streaming, Natalie Holt wins two awards — top streaming film for The Princess, and top streaming series for Obi-Wan Kenobi. Other top streaming series awards go to Scottish band Mogwai for the crime drama Black Bird and Anne Nikitin for The Dropout.

The trio of Barrie Cadogan, Virgil Howe and Lewis Wharton are awarded the top cable series award for the soundtrack to Better Call Saul, while Julian Gingell and Barry Stone win top network series again this year for their work on American Idol.

All the Spirit of Hope Winners in Billboard Latin Music Awards … – Billboard

In 1996, Gloria Estefan became the first-ever artist to receive the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award at the 3rd annual Billboard Latin Music Awards.

The Cuban-American singer, who that year nabbed three awards — including Latin dance single of the year for “Abriendo Puertas” — was also recognized for her philanthropic and humanitarian contributions beyond her musical work.

Since its inception 27 years ago in honor of the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award has been awarded to 22 artists, including two-time honorees Estefan (1996, 2011) and Maná (2000, 2013). No award was given out in 2012, 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2021.

This year, the special award will be presented to Colombian superstar Karol G. The “Provenza” singer’s impact extends beyond music. In 2022, Karol G founded the Con Cora Foundation, which aims to support the economic, social, psychological and artistic development of underprivileged women. “I am grateful for this special recognition,” Karol, a 13-time finalist at the 2023 Billboard Latin Music Awards, said in a statement. “My commitment with Con Cora Foundation is a fundamental part of my life and I am proud to be able to help the women who need it most.”

The 2023 Billboard Latin Music Awards list of finalists is led by Peso Pluma, who has 21 nods across 15 categories, including artist of the year, songwriter of the year, Global 200 Latin artist of the year, and Top Latin Album of the year. See the complete list of finalists here.

As has been the case for more than 20 years, the Billboard Latin Music Awards coincide with Billboard’s annual Latin Music Week, the single largest and most important gathering of the Latin music industry, taking place Oct. 2-6. Purchase tickets to the 2023 Billboard Latin Music Week here.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and the upcoming Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking place Thursday, Oct. 5, see all of the Spirt of Hope Award winners in the history of the awards show: