NCIS star Daniela Ruah to co-host the 2022 International Portuguese Music Awards with local Portuguese TV personality Ricardo Farias

PROVIDENCE — Portuguese-American actress Daniela Ruah — best known for playing NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye on the hit CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles — will co-host the 2022 International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA) on June 23 April. For the first time in its 10 years, the awards ceremony will travel to Rhode Island and take place at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

“Daniela Ruah co-hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018, which I believe is the longest-running TV competition in the world. We are delighted that she accepted our invitation to co-host our 10th anniversary show. star in Providence on April 23 for sure,” said David Saraiva, who co-hosts the International Portuguese Music Awards with José “Zach” Xavier.

The IPMAs have been honoring outstanding achievements in the music industry by artists of Portuguese descent since 2013.

Ruah was supposed to host the 2020 IPMA show, which had to be canceled due to the Covid pandemic. The last two IPMA editions were held virtually.

This time, she will team up with veteran IPMA host Ricardo Farias, a local TV and radio personality who currently hosts the talk show “De Cá Pra Lá” produced in New Bedford for RTP Açores.

“She was born in Boston. It will therefore be the first time that the IPMA will be hosted by two Luso-Americans. We can’t wait,” Saraiva said.

Local Portuguese TV host Ricardo Farias, who currently hosts the talk show

Born to Portuguese parents, Ruah moved to Portugal when she was 5 years old. She started acting in Portuguese soap operas as a teenager, before moving to England to study performing arts.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from London Metropolitan University, she returned to Portugal where she continued to perform.

Fifteen years ago, she moved to New York to study at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. She has played Special Agent Kensi Blye since 2009.

In 2018, she co-hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal, which drew a global audience of around 186 million viewers, according to the European Broadcasting Union.

During the IPMA event, Ruah and Farias will present a selection of starred artists, including Áurea, Xutos e Pontapés, Paulo Gonzo, Delfins, Calema and Jorge Ferreira.

International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA) organizers José “Zach” Xavier, left, and David Saraiva, right, pose for a photo with Portuguese singer Tim at the 2022 IPMA Launch Party held at RI Convention Center on November 20, 2021.

Xavier told O Jornal that he and Saraiva had been considering bringing the IPMA show to Rhode Island for some time.

Previously held at the 1,175-seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford, the 2022 IPMA show will nearly triple its capacity at the 3,100-seat venue located in the heart of Providence’s arts and entertainment district.

“We always wanted to come to Providence for many years,” he said. “The 10th anniversary gives us a big boost. We are confident that it will be complete with the programming we have. »

There will be 13 prizes up for grabs in categories including Rock, Rap, Fado, Music Video and Best New Talent. A cash prize of $2,000 and studio time with MDC Music in Toronto will be awarded to the 2022 IPMA ‘New Talent’ winner.

The IPMA nominees are expected to be announced later this month.

To reserve tickets for the International Portuguese Music Awards show, visit or call the PPAC box office at 401-421-2787.

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