A few years ago, Roselyn Sanchez received a Latin Grammy nomination for her song “Amor Amor” and, ever since, she holds the annual award ceremony close to her heart.
For several years now, the “Devious Maids” actress has been a presenter, but on Thursday Sanchez is taking the stage as co-host of the 16th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.
“I’m super excited,” Sanchez told Fox News Latino recently. “I’ve been part of it for so many years and to be asked to host was really special.”
The 42-year-old boricua will be joined on stage by former Miss Mexico, Jacqueline Bracamontes – it’s the first time that the show has only female hosts.
“I think it’s awesome,” Sanchez said. “I’ve known Jackie for a while and I think she’s great.”
The ceremony will air live on Univision from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. EST.
Performers include Ricky Martin, Fifth Harmony, Mana, Nicky Jam, Natalia Lafourcade, Juan Luis Guerra, J Balvin, Bomba Estereo with Will Smith and the 2015 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year, Roberto Carlos.
“We’re celebrating a culture and music with some incredible performances,” Sanchez said, adding that she and Bracamontes will keep it fun. She also promises a lot of dress changes.
“Jackie’s stylist and my stylist are talking so that we don’t clash,” she joked.
Thursday night’s hosting will mark Sanchez’s return to a major stage since she bowed out as co-host to the Miss USA pageant following the controversial remarks by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about Mexican immigrants. She followed J Balvin, who dropped out as a musical performer for the pageant.
In a statement at the time, Sanchez said she was excited and proud to have been invited to participate in the annual pageant, but “as a Latina, that is now inconceivable.”
"Although I am not Mexican, I am Puerto Rican and a proud Latina, and his comments were an insult to our culture. I won't sponsor anything produced by Donald Trump," she said.
Sanchez told FNL that she was proud of her actions and would do it again in a heartbeat.
“I would do it over and over again,” she said, adding that it was a sad and bittersweet moment. “It’s (even) more disturbing that he’s doing so well… I was a fan of him. It’s really unfortunate, but I would do it again. It was the right thing to do.”
The Latin Grammys, she said, are an example of how Latinos are coming together to support each other and celebrating the beautiful culture that many people have been fighting against with xenophobic remarks.
“The only thing (we can do) to make an impact is if we support each other,” Sanchez said, adding that the Latino community in the U.S. still has a long way to go. “We have a lot of ‘love for patria.’ We are still very different culturally and the day we stop thinking like that will be the day we have come together.”
For a partial list of this year's nominees click here.