Ivy Queen, Mia Nygren, Mónica Vélez and Mayna Nevarez will be the women awarded this year with the title Leading Ladies of Entertainment, a special recognition that is given in the week of the Latin Grammy.

The Latin Recording Academy announced this Wednesday the honorees in the fifth edition of the award, which in other editions was for artists such as Selena Gómez and Lila Downs and journalists such as María Elena Salinas.

"It is a program created five years ago to recognize professional and socially conscious women in the arts and entertainment sector who have made important contributions and inspired the next generation of women leaders."the Latin Academy explained in a statement.

The award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 16, during a virtual ceremony, although the Latin Grammy gala will be held two days later and in person in Las Vegas (USA).

Among the laureates is Ivy Queen, one of the first nominees for the category of best urban music album in the history of the Latin Grammy and whose lyrics speak of female power, the organization highlighted.

Also appearing is Mia Nygren, general director of Spotify for Latin America and responsible for promoting some of the changes that have ended up defining the current music business.

In addition, Mayna Nevarez will be recognized as one of the most important publicists in the industry, with a catalog that includes Daddy Yankee, Carlos Vives and Natti Natasha.

Finally, the fourth honoree will be Mónica Vélez, composer of songs performed by Marc Anthony, Camila, Luis Fonsi, Malú, Paulina Rubio, Los Tigres del Norte and Luis Enrique, among others.

"These exemplary women give us the opportunity to reflect on the challenges that professionals face in the arts and entertainment environment today. Clearly there is still gender inequality in the industry"said the CEO of the Latin Academy, Manuel Abud.

The Latin Grammys will be delivered on November 18 with Camilo, Juan Luis Guerra and C Tangana as the most nominated artists.

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