MIAMI, FL – April 8, 2016 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Named after the Spanish-language word for an individual key on a keyboard, the 2nd Annual TECLAS were held last night at ICON Miami nightclub on Miami Beach. The awards ceremony was presented in conjunction with the awards’ Official Media Partner TELEMUNDO during Hispanicize week, the largest U.S. Hispanic marketing, media and entertainment industries event in the nation.

The award show recognized excellence across 26 categories, including a special Digital Innovation Award presented by Telemundo. The awards are a co-production of sister companies Hispanicize event and the DiMe Media creators network. The awards were headlined with a performance by Puerto Rican, global reggaeton sensation Wisin.

“The Tecla Awards honored some of the very best the industry has to offer, and we couldn’t be more proud of those nominated and awarded last night. It was a night to remember. Wisin’s performance capped off an amazing evening,” said Teclas 2016 Award Chair and Hispanicize Partner Cristy Clavijo-Kish.

The Teclas finalists were selected from among more than 1,000 nominations that were open to the public after an initial nominations phase by the 2016 Tecla Awards Nominations Academy – a group comprised of the 2016 Advisory Board and past Hispanicize attendees. The winners were chosen after tallying the scoring by a panel of 30 judges from major U.S. Hispanic brands, agencies as well as digital influencers.

The 2016 Tecla Award Winners are as follows:

1st Annual TELEMUNDO INNOVATION AWARD – Pope Francis

Best Spanish Language Creator – Romina Tibytt of Mamá XXI

Most Influential Latino on Twitter Domenica Mena (@domenicamena)

Best Latino Pinner on Pinterest – Jesenia of The Latina Homemaker

Most Admired Latino Celebrity on Social Media – Adamari Lopez

Best Latino News and Culture – Corriente Latina

Best Social Good or Cause-Related Campaign – Voto Latino

Best Sponsored Blog Post- “It’s Rum Time! Savoring Puerto Rico” – FIORELLA for Metanoia Living

Best Sponsored Video – Joscelyn Campbell for Mami of Multiples “Get ready to make unforgettable memories together at Walt Disney World Resort Vacation”

Best Agency doing Hispanic Social Media – Fleishman Hillard

Best Broadcast or Cable Network doing Social TV – Telemundo

Best use of integrated social media and digital advertising buy Coca Cola 2015 Jersey Exchange

Best Latino Facebook Page- Flama

Breakout Creator – Celeste Rodas de Juarez for Hijos 4 ever

Best Musician/Band/Group on Social Media – Yandel

Best Cover Songs Performer – Vazquez Sounds

Best Live Broadcaster – Lizza Monet Morales

Best Beauty Creator – Rosy McMichael

Best Fashion Creator – Annie Vazquez from The Fashion Poet

Best Food Creator – Adriana Martin from Adriana’s Best Recipes

Best Technology Creator – Maria Vargas of La Chica Gamer

Best Kids and Family Creator – Jose Sanchez of PiccoloMondoPR

Best Comedy Creator – Joanna Hausmann

Best Lifestyle Creator – Ana Cruz from Rollos de Mujeres

Best Health & Wellness Creator – Yisney Terrero from Mi Belleza Interna

Best Instagram Influencer – LeJuan James

Best Snapchat Storyteller – Shaun Ayala (shaunayala on Snapchat)

Best Viner – David Lopez (@davidlopezfilms on Vine)

CREATOR OF THE YEAR – Joanna Hausmann

About Hispanicize 2016
Now in its seventh year, Hispanicize 2016 Week (www.HispanicizeEvent.com) (#Hispz16) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Hispanicize 2016 is expected to gather more than 3,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of digital content creation, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over five days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s InterContinental hotel, April 4-8, 2016.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

The Hispanicize event can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Hispanicize, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent), Twitter and Periscope (@Hispanicize)