Ana de la Reguera is stepping back into some familiar shoes. The Veracruz-born actress, who once hosted the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards Latin America, will reprise her role as emcee for the 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards. Preparations are currently underway between Reguera and co-host Carlos Rivera, as the two are set to take the stage for the upcoming award show on Nov. 15 in Las Vegas.
“I’m happy to be able to do something like that again,” the “Power” actress tells AXS while gearing up for The Biggest Night in Latin Music. Planning to tap into both her dramatic and comedic skills, Reguera says she hopes to bring some fun energy into the show.
When asked who might be walking away with a trophy this year, the actress said it’s hard to make any predictions – although Rosalía lands at the top of her list. The Spanish artist earned the second-most nominations this year (five in total) for her song, “Malamente.” J Balvin (who leads with an impressive eight nods) has also had a good year, as Reguera pointed out, and certainly is expected to walk away as one of the big winners of the night. “I’m a fan of so many,” she said of the nominees. “I just like how much great music there is out there right now. I think this year there’s a lot of great competition. I like them all.”
Between the nominees, presenters, and performers, the guest list has everyone, including Reguera, buzzing with excitement. “It’s going to be a mix of really new, young people and old school, super talented artists who have been around forever,” the actress said of this year’s attendees.
New names of those expected to appear at the 19th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards are being announced every day. The performances alone boast a star-studded lineup featuring some of the world’s most popular artists. Marc Anthony, Ángela Aguilar, El David Aguilar, Pablo Alborán, J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Jorge Drexler, Karol G, Kany García, Halsey, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade, Victor Manuelle, Banda Los Recoditos, Will Smith, Carlos Vives, Sebastián Yatra, and Maná (the 2018 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year) are all scheduled to take the stage. Calibre 50, Carla Morrison, Ozuna, Monsieur Periné, and Rosalía will also be joining the list of performers, and there will even be a special number by Nicky Jam featuring Steve Aoki.
“The influence of Latin music in America has been shaping trends for quite a while,” Reguera points out; noting greats like Marc Anthony and Carlos Santana. “It’s always been there,” she continued. “There’s always been a Latino presence in the U.S. market but I think the last year it’s been even [greater]. Look at all of the collaborations the artists are doing and how reggaeton has become so popular. All artists, even if they’re not Latino, are putting those rhythms and vibes into their music.”
While the Latin GRAMMYs will unquestionably provide an opportunity to celebrate music, the award show will also be a platform for the Latino community to highlight some relevant matters happening in the world right now. “It’s an important night to send a message of union,” Reguera says. “Music has always helped so much with uniting people; with uniting countries; with uniting continents. Even if you are not 100 percent Latino, or if you don’t speak Spanish, it doesn’t matter,” she added. “The artists are amazing. I think, in music, you don’t need to understand every single word. Music is universal.”
Apart from co-hosting the Latin GRAMMYs, you can currently catch Reguera starring in “Power” on STARZ and opposite of Golden Globe-winner Billy Bob Thornton, in Amazon's critically acclaimed drama series “Goliath,” from David E. Kelley.
Tune in to watch Ana de la Reguera and singer Carlos Rivera host the 19th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards live on the Univision Network, Nov. 15 from 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A limited number of tickets to the show are still available through AXS.