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2013 ALMA Awards' Hosts Will Be Eva Longoria And Mario Lopez

09/19/2013 10:16 am ET | Updated Jul 28, 2014

Eva Longoria returns as host of the ALMA Awards for the second consecutive year.

The 2013 ALMA Awards brings together A-list Latino celebrities like Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba for a “barrier-breaking” show.

Longoria and “X Factor” host Mario Lopez will host the one-hour 2013 NCLR ALMA Awards on September 27. The show will broadcast live on MSNBC at 10 p.m. EST./ 7 p.m. PT.

This year’s presenters include “Machete Kills” cast members Alba and Alexa Vega; Gina Rodriguez of “Filly Brown” and Rico Rodriguez, who plays Manny Delgado in the hit ABC sitcom “Modern Family.”

Special tributes will be given to director Robert Rodriguez, actress Rosario Dawson and Kennedy Center Honors recipient Carlos Santana.

Special honorees at 2013 ALMA Awards

“Machete” director Rodriguez will be awarded the Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence.

The 45-year-old director is credited with changing the cultural landscape in Hollywood by integrating Latinos into mainstream films, with groundbreaking works such as “El Mariachi,” “From Dusk Till Dawn” and the “Spy Kids” franchise. “Machete” cast members Alba, Vega, Tito Larriva as well as “Spy Kids” Daryl Sabara will present Rodriguez with the award.

Actors Cheech Marin, George Lopez and Danny Trejo are expected to participate in the presentation.

Rock legend Santana will be awarded the Outstanding Commitment to Cause and Community Award. The 10-time Grammy winner will be recognized for his advocacy for underprivileged youth to have access to the arts, education and health care, as well as his fight to end child poverty.

“Sin City” actress Dawson will be presented with the Outstanding Commitment to Cause and Community Award. The Latina is a strong advocate in the Latino community working to empower and educate young Latinos.

Dawson is chairwoman of Voto Latino, which educates Latinos on the power of their vote and is a leading organization in registering and engaging young Latino voters. She also supports a number of charities and organizations including the Lower East Side Girls Club.

The 2013 NCLR ALMA Awards will feature three new segments, including a comedic segment with special guest Al Madrigal of “The Daily Show,” a social media segment with mun2’s Yarel Ramos and a special performance segment featuring young singer Sebastien De La Cruz known as “El Charro de Oro” and who appeared on “America’s Got Talent.”

Cuban-American actor and director Tony Plana and “That ’70s Show” actor Wilmer Valderrama are among the honorees of the 2013 ALMA Awards.

Plana will be awarded the Ricardo Montalban Award for Lifetime Achievement. Valderrama will be presented with the Outstanding Social Activism Award and writer and producer Nancy De Los Santos Reza will be awarded the Outstanding Industry and Community Service Award. They will be presented with the awards during the show’s special one-hour pre-show.

The cast of NBC’s new comedy “Welcome to the Family”— Ricardo Chavira, Justina Machado, Fabrizio Zacharee Guido and Joseph Haro— and the Latina-led cast of Lifetime’s “Devious Maids”— Roselyn Sanchez, Dania Ramirez, Judy Reyes, Ana Ortiz and Edy Ganem—will be among the star-studded line up.

There will be complementary programming on MSNBC and mun2 and on digital platforms including mun2.tv and Telemundo.com.

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