#TBT: Amazing Latina Acceptance Speeches That Will Give You the Feels

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards are right around the corner (May 20), so what better time to share some of the best award acceptance speeches by Latinas? This week’s #TBT looks back at the inspiring words that made us all misty in the eye region (good luck not crying!)

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America Ferrera’s Golden Globe Speech, 2007

In 2007, America Ferrera won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, for her leading role in Ugly Betty. In her acceptance speech, she gave thanks for being able to play a role that has allowed girls everywhere to realize their true worth.

Eva Longoria’s MALDEF Community Service Award Speech, 2009

Eva Longoria is known for using her platform as a celebrity to bring attention to important issues and figures. Some of the highlights of her MALDEF Community Service Award speech in 2009, were about fighting for the rights of farm workers and children with cancer; the fact that it’s never too late to learn; and being a student of history, and not a victim of, history.

Jennifer Lopez’s Glamour Award Speech, 2011

In her 2011 Glamour Award speech, Jennifer Lopez proved why women supporting women is such a monumental thing. Lopez shouted out the females who helped her along the way, even mentioning a caring teacher who bought her glitter.

Rita Moreno’s SAG Life Achievement Award Speech, 2014

An Oscar. An Emmy. A Grammy. An Oscar. Rita Moreno is one of the biggest Latino legends of all time. Her SAG Life Achievement Award acceptance speech, is both funny (flirting with Jeremy Renner and Brad Pitt) and touching (her beautifully-sung song).

Gina Rodriguez’s Golden Globe Speech, 2015

I challenge you not to tear up while watching Gina Rodriguez‘s 2015 Golden Globe Speech. The Jane the Virgin star spoke on how the award represented Latinos and their desire to see themselves as heroes, as well as the motivation her parents gave her to succeed.

Selena Gomez’s Billboard Woman of the Year Award Speech, 2017

Selena Gomez spoke from the heart, and let her emotions show, while receiving the 2017 Billboard Woman of the Year Award. Women uplifting women, and her overall gratitude in life, were the cornerstones of her speech.

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