Raúl De Molina Shares Memorable Latin Grammy Moments; Plus 5 Things You Didn't Know About 'El Gordo'

Raul de Molina and Sofia Vergara at the Latin Grammys
Raul de Molina and Sofia Vergara at the Latin Grammy. Photo: Courtesy of Raul de Molina

Television personality, three-time Emmy award winner, and co-host of Univision’s #1 rated entertainment show, "El Gordo y La Flaca," Raúl De Molina, has been covering the Latin Grammy Awards red carpets for the past 13 years. He’s interviewed everyone from Sofia Vergara to Usher on the carpet and just shared with Latin Times some great stories about the last awards, plus what his enormous fan base can expect from him during the 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 16.

For the 18th Latin Grammy Awards, the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences announced that Alejandro Sanz's outstanding achievement in the Latin music industry will be recognized. "This recognition is one of the things that I enjoy the most," says Molina. "Alejandro Sanz will be distinguished as the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. This event is attended by around 800 people and there the artists sing to him, there are no cameras or press, it is something more private and one of the great shows before the Latin Grammy."

"For me it's one of the most important events, maybe the most important one that Univision has during the whole year," says de Molina. “During the red carpet I will be interviewing Sofia Carson,” he reveals. “She’s presenting an award for the very first time in the Latin Grammy; she is one of the hottest stars on Disney right now.” Raúl also said that he will be interviewing Alejandro Fernandez, and many more.

 During the red carpet event unforgettable moments usually happen and for De Molina, one of the most memorable interviews was with Sofia Vergara. "Three years ago I believe, I don’t remember well, she came to the red carpet, and although sometimes she's not too happy with me, she came and gave me a kiss on the lips, I remember that photo was published in different sites and I was very happy," says the Cuban with giggles. "But of course, on other occasions I had the opportunity to interview from baseball players to artist like La Banda el Recodo, American artists, Alejandro Fernandez, among others," recalls Raúl.

For the past 25 years he has been anchoring television shows, but for Raúl, there's an artist in particular that he is still looking forward to interviewing. "Obviously Luis Miguel! I have never interviewed him," says de Molina. "With all the issues he has he’s not going to the Latin Grammy this year, but he should do an interview with me because since my career started until now it has been associated with all of Luis Miguel's controversies."

We believe not only is Raúl looking forward to catch up with Luismi, but the audience who enjoys “El Gordo y La Flaca" every evening it will be an iconic moment, as iconic as the picture below of De Molina and Luis Miguel’s ex and mother of his two children, Aracely Arámbula.

In addition to his successful career in television, Raúl is well-known for his style. “Every year people ask ‘Raúl, what are you wearing’ and I say ‘a tuxedo.’ For some reason people think I use the same outfit every year, but it’s not the same, it’s because we can only wear blue or black,” says de Molina jokingly. “This year I will be wearing blue with a Tom Ford bowtie.”

Named as one of the most influential Hispanics in the U.S. by People en Español, Raúl de Molina says that he is very satisfied with all his achievements, but there’s much more to know about this Latin living legend in the U.S. Here are some amazing facts about “El Gordo.”

5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Raúl de Molina

  1. Raúl grew up in Spain and arrived in the United States at age 16.
  2. He worked for the Associated Press as a freelance photographer during the 1980s.
  3. Raúl is an avid collector of art, cars and luxury watches.
  4. He is on the host committee of Art Basel Miami Beach, hosting his famous kickoff party every year at his Miami home.
  5. He is one of the original contributors to the Huffington Post’s “Food” and “Latino Voices” sections.
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Shirley Gomez has been exposed to many aspects of the art world. Besides being a Fashion Journalist, she studied Fashion Styling and Fashion Styling for Men at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Interior Design at UNIBE and Fashion Design at ITSMJ Fashion School in the Dominican Republic. She worked as a Fashion Journalist, Fashion Stylist and Social Media Manager at one of the most recognized magazines in the Dominican Republic, Oh! Magazine, as an occasional Entertainment Journalist, of the prestigious newspaper “Listín Diario”, as well as a fashion collaborator of a radio show aired in 100.9 FM SuperQ. When Shirley is not writing you can find her listening Demi Lovato or Beyonce's songs, decorating her apartment or watching Family Feud.

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