The Huerta siblings, members of the duo Jesse & Joy, were honored yesterday at the Premios Juventud ceremony with the “Agente de Cambio” (Agent of Change) award for their tireless effort, and work with organizations that fight for the well-being of the environment (NRDC), the protection of animal rights (PETA & Animal Heroes) as well as the rights of the immigrants and Latino population in the United States (UnidosUS & Voto Latino).
The ceremony which was held at the Watsco Center in Miami, was very special for Jesse & Joy, who appeared on stage to delight the audience with a fantastic presentation where the duo performed their latest hit “Mañana es too late,” where Joy expressed,on a very peaceful and musical way, herdiscontentagainst the recent events against the camps for immigrants in the United States, it was a tape on her arm which couldread the quote “CLOSE THE CAMPS”, three words that speak for many people. The showasong thatignited the fire in an audience that was brought to their knees by these two amazing talents, who received an exceptional ovation from a packed Watsco center.
Premios Juventud confirmed the everlasting commitment that these two artists have always had to use their voice and raise awareness, either in or out of the stage; like their “Electriza el Voto!” (Electrify the Vote!) tour, which wasasignificant triumph to educate the public about the vital need, especially for Latinos, to register and vote.
This was the first year in which the honors were given also to celebrities and not exclusively to students. Jesse & Joy were visibly moved when receiving this important accolade, and expressed their profound gratitude quoting: “We feel a huge responsibility to do of our environment and this world a better place, but this responsibility it is not only ours, or the artists that are part of this special night, because we ALL are agents of change, we only need to start taking action.”
This “Agent of Change” honor comes after last month’s Latin Recording Academy distinction of Joy Huerta as one of the 5 most outstanding women in the arts and entertainment. At the Leading Ladies of Entertainment gala that took place in Mexico City, the Academy commended Joy for her career as a singer, songwriter, musician and her social work as an activist.