Eva Longoria Parker and George Lopez host the Alma Awards

Shakira

Shakira at the 2008 ALMA Awards

Eva Longoria Parker and George Lopez  will host the ALMA Awards with an all-star lineup of guests. International singing artist, Shakira,  will perform and Salma Hayek, Oscar de la Hoya and the late Ricardo Montalban will be honored on “The 2009 ALMA Awards,” to be telecast Friday, September 18  on ABC. Also scheduled to perform are David Archuleta, Nelly Furtado, Sean Kingston and Pitbull.

Among the highlights of the ceremony, “The 2009 ALMA Awards” will bestow special honors upon two Latino superstars, actor/producer Salma Hayek and boxer/philanthropist Oscar de la Hoya, as well as host a special tribute to the late Ricardo Montalban — who passed away earlier this year — led by Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Rita Moreno.

Celebrity appearances include Antonio Banderas, Jimmy Smits, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jake T. Austin, Benjamin Bratt, Jordana Brewster, JoAnna Garcia, Selena Gomez, Eva La Rue, Jesse Metcalfe, Enrique Murciano, Amaury Nolasco, Oscar Nunez, Soledad O’Brien, Dania Ramirez, Efren Ramirez, James Roday, Michelle Rodriguez, Adam Rodriguez, Roselyn Sanchez, Nadine Velazquez, Lauren Velez, Sofia Vergara, Kat Von D and Rainn Wilson.

The show will focus on “Year in Review” categories in film, television and music. New categories have also been added to recognize the influence of special segments of the entertainment industry that are shaping positive perceptions of the Latino community, such as emerging young talent (under 18), talent behind the scenes who make the on-screen magic happen, and a sports category in acknowledgment of the increasing integration of the worlds of sports and entertainment.

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