Salud! Tequila tasting with Sensato in Vegas for Latin Grammys

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What happens in Vegas…well, you know the rest. While in town for the Latin Grammys this week, artists were celebrating their nominations and wins up and down the Strip. One of them, Sensato, was in Vegas on double duty: to perform his monster club hit “Crazy People” with Pitbull during the show, the same song that was nominated in the Best Urban Song category.

If you’ve heard the song – and unless you live under a rock, you have – then you know this 27-year-old Dominican rapper with the hyper, caricature-like flow knows a thing or two about having a good time. So I took him tequila tasting earlier in the week to the hottest new resto on the Strip, Javier’s, which has a vast selection of the agave-based drink.

Sensato, who is signed to Pitbull’s label Mr. 305 Inc., has a bright future ahead of him beyond the Latin Grammy nod (the award went to Don Omar for “Hasta Que Salga El Sol”). His new, Pitbull-assisted single “La Confesion,” which namedrops J.Lo, Sofia Vegara, Eva Longoria, Selena Gomez, Shakira, and other hot Latinas is out now, and the two bad boys are working on a full joint album, due some time next year.

Watch here as we learn a thing or two about “fine” tequila and talk about what it means to be Pitbull’s protege. Sensato played it coy when we asked for crazy stories while on tour with Pit, but we can only imagine what that’s like…

Also, check out what Sensato and other celebs told us on the Latin Grammy green carpet about their End of the World playlists, because if we’re going down this year, we’re making it count with some good company, good music, and, why not a nice adult beverage?

#espanYOLO!

Juan Luis Guerra will save us from the end of the world!

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This year at the Latin Grammys green carpet, aside from who will win which award, we couldn’t help but wonder: if the world really does come to an end in December as the Mayans predicted, will this be the last time these celebs walk the carpet?

We certainly hope not, but if it is, then we needed to know one thing: what would be on their End of The World playlists – which artists would they turn to for the ultimate and final party?

One trend we saw: Juan Luis Guerra! As Univision’s Lourdes Stephen put it: “He always carries this message of peace, of hope, of salvation.” And he delivered that very message during his performance of “En El Cielo No Hay Hospital.”

Watch all the celebs’ responses in this video, and check out more celebrity End of the World playlists below.

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Interview With Javier Bardem: Best Bond Villain Ever?

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Is Skyfall the best Bond movie ever? Some critics think so, and that’s not necessarily untrue. The 23rd installment of the longest-running film franchise ever (50 years!) is certainly the best of the Daniel Craig pics, and Javier Bardem’s deliciously wicked blonde-haired villain Silva plays a huge role in that.

He’s not your usual Bond villain, that’s for sure. One of the movie’s best scenes between Bond and Silva, right after they meet for the first time, is oozing with homoeroticism, raising the question: is Bardem playing the first gay Bond baddie? “You could read it that way,” Bardem tells Entertainment Weekly. “The word that [director Sam Mendes] kept using was ‘uncomfortableness’. Beyond the sexuality, he wanted it to feel like you don’t know if Silva’s joking or not.”

Watch here as the Oscar-winning Spaniard breaks down the psychology of his bad guy for me during the recent Skyfall press junket in NYC. Yes, it was as awesome as it sounds to meet him.

If Silva reminds moviegoers of The Joker or other classic comic book villains that’s not a total coincidence, says Bardem. He actually spent time sketching the character, using the skills he acquired during his time studying fine arts in Spain. He then brought those to Mendes and they jointly arrived at this “broken man,” who is so focused on revenge that he will stop at nothing to achieve it.

Can Bond fight such a monster, now that he’s aging and got an alcohol problem? You’ll just have to watch, starting November 9.

The Univision Shoe Diaries: Maria Elena Salinas

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It’s no secret around the Univision offices that we have some shoe-a-holics in our midst. Our leading ladies confess to having a love affair with their shoes, but trust — this isn’t just a superficial addiction. In our new web series, “The Univision Shoe Diaries,” we’ll be talking to some of the most recognizable faces from the network (Maria Elena Salinas, Chiqui Delgado, Teresa Rodriguez, to name a few) individually to hear the stories behind their most cherished footwear.

Their stories will surprise you.

Let’s start with Maria Elena Salinas, co-anchor of Noticiero Univision and news magazine Aqui y Ahora, and a confessed shoe addict. On any given day, the click-clack of her fabulous heels can be heard in the halls of Univision’s Miami headquarters. But today, she wants to tell the story behind a far-from-glamorous pair.

More modest than many of the shoes in her closet (and trust us, she has some hot heels), these shoes serve Salinas as an important reminder. “I got to go home to my daughters and go into my air conditioned house, but so many people in Haiti didn’t,” she said. “So many kids never got to see their parents again and so many parents never got to be with their kids.”

“I rarely wear them, because they do have a special significance for me,” she added.

Aspiring journalists: take notes! This is how you win an Emmy.

Of course, Maria Elena also has lots of beautiful shoes in her closet (check out her shoe gallery on Fusion, where this story was originally posted). When you work as hard as she does, you should treat yourself once in a while.

The best of my live Twitter chat with Juanes!

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Fusion recently hosted a live Twitter chat between Juanes and his fans leading up to Univision’s youth awards show, Premios Juventud (aka Univision’s version of the VMA’s). I served as translator and moderator with Juanes by my side. The theme of Premios Juventud this year was superheroes, so you can imagine how much fun we had with props.

Fun blooper reel below:

And check out our compilation of the most memorable tweets via Storify.

Frankie J dishes on his upcoming tour with J.Lo & Enrique

I can’t think of a more deserving person to join Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias on tour now that Wisin y Yandel pulled out than smooth crooner Frankie J. I caught up with him backstage during rehearsals for Premios Juventud and even got him to do a little accapella which he does so well!

Ivy Queen opens up about finding real love

The woman with a million nicknames (La Caballota, La Potra, La Diva, to name a few) stopped by Univision recently for the Despierta America concert series and chatted with Angie Romero of Fusion (ABC/Univision) about finding love again, her new look, and her new album, Musa.

Exclusive: on the set of Pitbull’s ‘Men in Black 3’ video

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Come with me as I take you behind the scenes of Pitbull’s hot new video for “Back in Time,” the theme song for the upcoming blockbuster Men in Black III, in theaters May 25, exclusively for Fusion (ABC/Univision).

Get to know Latin Grammy darling Pablo Alboran

You may not readily recognize the name Pablo Alborán, but after the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, that is all set to change. At only 22, the Spanish singer (who was born and raised in Malaga and is half French on his mother’s side) has accomplished what can take many people years to do—he’s earned both the hearts of listeners and the acclaim of critics.

Check out my interview with him for Fusion (ABC/Univision) from the rooftop of the Mandalay Bay Hotel the day before the awards show!