|2012 ALMA Awards|
The American Latino Media Arts Award, or ALMA Award is an award highlighting the best American Latino contributions to music, television, and film. The awards promote fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos. In Spanish, the word alma means spirit or soul.
The awards were created by the National Council of La Raza. The first ceremonies were held and televised on Fox in 1995 under the name, "BRAVO Awards". In 1997, the name was changed to the "American Latino Media Arts Awards" and to switch channels to ABC. However, ABC faced a boycott which forced the award ceremonies in 1997 to be postponed until the next year.
From the years 2003 to 2005, the ceremonies were not held for undisclosed reasons. In 2008 the NCLR and New York firm Society Awards redesigned the trophy statuette. ABC stopped airing the ceremonies in 2009.
The ceremonies were cancelled in 2010, to "focus on a bigger and better show in 2011."
The awards started up again in 2012, on a new network, NBC.
Award ceremonies 
|1995||December 9, 1995||Los Angeles||Jimmy Smits
|1996||December 14, 1996||Cheech Marin
|1998||April 19, 1998||Pasadena||Jimmy Smits
|1999||April 11, 1999||Benjamin Bratt|
|2000||April 15, 2000||Paul Rodriguez|
|2001||April 22, 2001||None|
|2002||May 18, 2002||Los Angeles||Paul Rodriguez|
|2006||May 7, 2006||Eva Longoria|
|2007||June 1, 2007||Pasadena|
|2008||August 17, 2008||Los Angeles|
|2009||September 17, 2009||George Lopez
|2011||September 10, 2011||Santa Monica|
|2012||September 16, 2012||Pasadena|
- "ALMA Awards postponed". mysanantonio.com. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
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