As approach the final days of 2013, we look back on the biggest winners and losers of the past 365 days. Sorry, there will be no twerking.
Loser: Racist Twits
Marc Anthony, a New York-born Puerto Rican, sings the national anthem. Racists take to Twitter to attack. J. Lo, Pitbull, and Anthony take over the American Music Awards…hello racism on Twitter once again. We’re here and we’re just as American as you. Deal with it.Getty Images View all slides
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The Colombian superstar was the main reason NBC’s music competition show, The Voice, beat out American Idol, for the first time ever. Shaki’s tender approach to coaching and advising young talent made everyone root for her team to be the victor. When she wasn’t on The Voice, or recording her highly anticipated album, she was taking care of her baby boy, Milan. And about that baby…
Winner: Baby Milan
Shakira and soccer superstar Gerard Pique’s baby boy, Milan, is so adorable he’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy on a chilly New York City day. Thanks to social media and his mami, the whole world is able to get their Milan fix on a daily basis.
Winner: Miguel’s Career
The Mexican and African American singer, once regulated to only R&B platforms, broke out with his sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Dream. His Prince-esque “Adorn” got him a Grammy and helped plenty of couples get pregnant.
Winner: Instructions Not Included
The Eugenio Derbez-led comedy, about a ladies man who is raising the daughter he never knew he had, shattered box office records. As of now Included is the highest grossing Spanish language film in the U.S. with over $40 million.
Winner: Bruno Mars
The Puerto Rican and Filipino pop singer owned the Billboard charts this year. His Unorthodox Jukebox hit No. 1, has sold 1.8 million to date, totaled three top 10 singles, and his Moonshine Jungle Tour has grossed over $40 million. How will he start off 2014? Oh, performing at this little shindig called The Super Bowl.
Winner: Naya Rivera
The Glee actress turned her attention music this year. With the release of her flirty, catchy single “Sorry,” Rivera set herself up for a big 2014. Oh did we mention the huge ROCK she’s flaunting on her left hand; courtesy of rapper fiancé Big Sean.
Winner: Jennifer Lopez
You know the resume: actress, singer, dancer, and producer. This year as Chief Creative Officer at Nuvo TV she re-launched the Latino cable network in her vision and also took cellphone venture Viva Movil to the masses. She’s not a businesswoman, she’s a business, woman!
Winner: Selena Gomez
Buzz worthy movie: Spring Breakers (Check!)
Hot New Album: Stars Dance (Check!)
Fashion Icon: Various shoots (Check!)
Transformation from Disney star to A List star: complete!
Winner: Marc Anthony
The salsa king is back! Anthony returned to his throne with 3.0, his first collaboration with producer Sergio George in almost a decade. It spawned the smash “Vivir Mi Vida” and numerous classic Marc Anthony salsa moves.
The Colombian rocker’s Loud & Unplugged Tour not only gave his fans a taste of his biggest hits but he also gained more American fans. Entertainment Weekly even took note, naming it one of the coolest tours of the summer.
Winner: Larry Hernandez
With his hit reality show, Larrymania, regional Mexican artist Larry Hernandez broadened his fan base. His show also helped mun2 through the tremendously difficult transition of losing the late great Jenni Rivera.
Winner: Fifth Harmony
The former X-Factor contestants are all the buzz in pop music circles. With their bubbly, radio candy EP, Better Together, and their social media numbers in the millions, Fifth Harmony is poised to take over the charts.
Winner: Demi Lovato
The superstar singer delivered another splendid season on X-Factor, had a great stint on Glee, gained another massive hit single with “Heart Attack,” wrote her first book, Staying Strong and was named one of Latina’s Women of Year. Your move, everyone else.
Winner: Alfonso Cuaron
The Mexican director crafted one of the most awe-inspiring films, Gravity, to ever grace the silver screen. Next up: collecting awards.
Winner: Diversity on TV
Netflix’s Orange is the New Black showed American TV executives the power of diversity. OITNB featured moving, entertaining stories of women of all races, creeds, and sexual orientations devoid of stereotypes. After watching the first couple of episodes of Lifetime’s Devious Maids you they’re housekeepers. The five leading Latinas are more than maids, they’re women with their ambitions and dreams. And they’re both hella funny!
Winner: Prince Royce
The Dominican American heartthrob hit the ground running with his chart-topping Soy El Mismo, which included the hits “Darte Un Beso” and “Te Me Vas.” He also lent his bachatero falsetto as a coach on La Voz Kids.
Loser: Miguel’s Stage Show
While Miguel’s career was on the rise, his stage show took a dive…literally. With an impromptu stage dive during his Billboard Awards performance, he accidently landed on the head of a fan. Say no to YOLO.
Did he? Didn’t he? The Yankee slugger once again wound up in a PED scandal. When your boss tells you to publicly, “shut the f**k up,” it’s a problem. Yet, the biggest problem with A-Rod is A-Rod.
Loser: Aaron Hernandez
The much-maligned former New England Patriot football player has the worst possible year ever. He was charged for first-degree murder, subsequently all Patriot memorabilia removed from stores, and could face life in prison.
Loser: George Zimmerman
Knucklehead, knucklehead, knucklehead. Zimmerman is the poster boy for why guns should not be easily accessible.
Loser: Ryan Lochte
His E! reality show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, got cancelled quickly. Was it his chiseled abs? No way? His iced out grills? Maybe? What it his personality? Bingo!
Loser: MTV’s Washington Heights
After the Jersey Shore came to an end, the cable network scrambled to see whom else they could exploit? Dominicans!!! Wrong! While Washington Heights didn’t attain Jersey ratings, it did feature aspirational young Latinos. It was canceled after one season. It’s a blessing in disguise, mi gente. Just look at The Situation now.