MIAMI, FL – April 30, 2018 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Hispanicize 2018 Event announced the winners of the 4th Annual Hispanicize Tecla Awards, the most prestigious national honor highlighting the achievements of top Latinx and multicultural content creators.
The winners of the 4th Annual Tecla Awards, presented by Prudential, were determined by The Hispanicize Tecla Awards Gold Academy, a panel of judges consisting of marketing, PR and social media executives, creators, and other experts in the digital media industry. Winners were revealed during the Hispanicize Tecla Awards ceremony, which took place at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami April 20th and marks the closing event for Hispanicize 2018.
“This year the Teclas received more than 4,500 nominations, 30 million social media impressions, nearly five times more than the inaugural 2015 competition, and represents a fantastic line-up of talented Latinx and multicultural content creators,” said Katherine Johnson-Gunn, Partner of Hispanicize Media Group and Executive Producer of the Tecla Awards.
The 2018 Tecla Awards show has received rave reviews by attendees, sponsors and media calling it one of the best Tecla Awards to date, full of comedic talent, entertainment and touching moments. The host of the Tecla Awards was content creator, actor and social media sensation Jenny Lorenzo who also played her character “La Cuban Abuela” as they took turns hosting the awards. The Creator of the Year award went to super influencer, actor and comedian Marko Musica who obtained an outstanding 102,230 number of votes. The night continued with special appearances by singer/songwriter Diana Fuentes, Enrique Santos, Las Chonga Girls, Jackie Cruz, and many other personalities who took to the stage to present nominees or win awards.
Below is the complete list of winners:
The 2018 TECLA AWARDS WINNERS
Best Beauty Content Creator
— Rocio Isabel (@RisasRizos)
Best Fictional Character
— Jenny Lorenzo as Cuban Abuela (@Jennizzle)
Best Comedy Content Creator
— Jay Mendoza (@JayMendoza)
Best Entertainment & Lifestyle Content Creator
— Raquel Cordova (@RaqC)
Best Family/Parenting Content Creator
— Jeff Segura (@DaddyStyleDiaries)
Best Fashion Content Creator
— Prissy Torres (@TheFashionMuse)
Best Finance/Couponing Content Creator
— Alexandra Ramirez (@FinanciallyFitLatina)
Best Food Content Creator
— Ana Quincoces (@AnaQooks)
Best Sports Content Creator
— Carlos Yustis (@CarlosYustisTV)
Best Health/Wellness Content Creator
— Delfina Gonzalez (@SoyFitLatina)
Best Technology or Gaming Content Creator
— Bonnie Rodriguez (@BonnieRzM)
Best Travel Content Creator
— Stephania Ortega (@TravelBlogueras)
Best Stories or LIVE Content Creator
— Tony Estrada (@TonioRocks)
Best Podcast Content Creator
— Juan Bago & Rachel La Loca “Latinos Out Loud” (@WeAreLatinosOutLoud)
Best Blogger Content Creator
— Juan Alanis (@JuanOfWords)
Best Spanish-Language Content Creator
— Anabelle Blum (@AnabelleBlum)
Best Content Creator in Latin America
— Oscar Sanchez (@WattSopa)
Best Content Creator for a Digital Network
— Laura Di Lorenzo from MiTu & Chonga Girls (@LauraDi.Lorenzo)
Best Digital Media Journalist
— Sandra Lilley – NBC Latino (@SandraLilley)
Best Celebrity/Artist Creating Social Content
— Jackie Cruz – Orange Is The New Black (@JackieCruz)
Best Social Good Creator “The Jewel Award”
— Melanie Mendez-Gonzales (@QueMeansWhat)
Breakout Creator of the Year
— Julissa Calderon from BuzzFeed’s Pero Like (@LaJulissa)
Creator of the Year
— Marko Antonio Perez (@MarkoMusica)
The flagship sponsor of Hispanicize 2018 and the 2018 Tecla Awards is Prudential Financial. Additional sponsors include Toyota, Universal Orlando Resort, HP, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Carnival Corporation, Wells Fargo, Walmart, United Airlines, República, Edelman, Publicis Groupe, Regions Bank, Cantu, the Greater Miami and Conventions Visitors Bureau, El Hint, Visit Philly, Israel Tourism, Telemundo, Microsoft, AARP, Suave, the Latino Museum, HCode Media, Cesare Salerno, Ford Fund, Gil Media Co, Boden, Havas Formulatin, NASCAR, SBS/La Music, Vioss, Otter Box, Anomaly, the City of Miami, Octopus Advertising Group, NBC News, CS Media Group, Calvert Foundation, Vioss, Hispanicize Wire, and Sensis.
About The Tecla Awards
Named after the Spanish-language word for an individual key on a keyboard, the annual Hispanicize Tecla Awards honors excellence in U.S. Latino online video, blogging, social media and those who create it. The 2018 Tecla Awards highlighted the nation’s top Latino and multicultural content creators in more than 20 categories. From top storytellers on Instagram to YouTube and Snapchat, the Teclas’ winners set the bar higher each year for the exploding Latino and multicultural social media creators industry.
All nominations submitted during the public nominations phase were considered and reviewed by Hispanicize Media Group partners and the Hispanicize National Advisory Board who together determined the finalists for each category. The actual winners of the 4th Annual Hispanicize Tecla Awards will be determined by The Teclas Gold Academy, a panel of judges consisting of marketing, PR and social media executives, creators, and other experts in the digital media industry.
About The Hispanicize Event
Now in its 9th year, Hispanicize 2018 Week (www.HispanicizeEvent.com) (#Hispz18) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.
The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.
The Hispanicize event is owned and operated by Hispanicize Media Group, LLC, the parent company of DiMe Media, Hispanic Kitchen, Latina Moms, and the Hispanic PR Blog.