There will be no ALMA awards this year. The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), which produces the event as a way to highlight Latino performer’s contributions to music, television, and film, announced that it will not produce the ALMA awards broadcast, “after much consideration, analysis and review.”
In an email sent out by NCLR California VP and show producer Delia de la Vara, she writes:
“We recognize that a lot has changed in the media and entertainment industry since our 1994 report, ‘Out of the Picture, Hispanics in the Media’ and the 1995 launch of the NCLR ALMA Awards. The industry continues to change every day in how people produce media and entertainment, and where they access it. We are taking the time to step back and think about what’s changed since 1995 – to think about our role and how Latinos participate in this new environment, and reassess the right course for the ALMAs going forward…. We look forward to sharing more with you on the future direction of the ALMAs at NCLR over the course of the next year, so stay tuned.”
NCLR has been inconsistent in producing the ALMAs since the show’s inception in 1995. Its biggest production gap was between 2002 and 2006.
The show first aired on Fox in 1995 and 1997. It had its longest run on ABC, from 1998 to 2009. After skipping a year, it moved to NBC, which downsized it to a one hour broadcast, before its final move to MSNBC in 2013.
You can see the list of winners of the awards by year on the ALMA Awards page.