( BW)(FL-BILLBOARD-LATIN-MUSIC) Ricky Martin, Chayanne, Pilar Montenegro and Intocable to Appear at This Year's Billboard Latin Music Awards; Telemundo and Billboard Announce Performers
Entertainment Editors/News Editors/Lifestyle Editors
MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 21, 2003--On Thursday, May 8th, Ricky Martin, Chayanne, Pilar Montenegro and Intocable lead the line-up of Latin artists who will perform at the 2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards, from the Miami Arena in Florida. They will be joined by Special Guest star Armando Manzanero and artists Tito Nieves, Robi "Draco" Rosa and Albita, who will join as Presenters. Latin music's most prestigious awards show is produced and will be broadcast by Telemundo on May 11 beginning with the pre-show at 7PM ET/PT and the awards show at 8PM ET/PT.
International superstar Ricky Martin is about to return and his performance at this year's Awards will give viewers a small preamble to the launch of, Almas Del Silencio, his first all-Spanish-language album in more than five years. Another well renowned music sensation from Puerto Rico will also take center stage at this year's event. Known for his outstanding performances, Chayanne, who's up for three awards for his album "Grandes Exitos" and the song "Y Tu Te Vas" promises a spectacular show.
Pilar Montenegro's Album "Desahogo," produced by Rudy Perez, and the song "Quitame Ese Hombre," ranked her at the top of the list of finalists, is up for awards in seven categories. The Mexican singer and actress' popularity has soared, and her musical talent and beauty will be yet another highlight of the evening. Finally, Intocable, one of the most influential groups in Tejano music, will delight fans with their famous blend of Tejano and Norteno. Their 8th album "Suenos" and the track "El Poder de tus Manos" are up for awards in two categories.
Mexican singer and composer, Armando Manzanero, will join the show as Special Guest, Billboard honors his extraordinary career with the Hall of Fame Award, for outstanding long-term artistic merit and for expanding the boundaries, promotion and knowledge of Latin music. Finally, Salsa music icon Tito Nieves; eclectic artist/producer and painter, Robi "Draco" Rosa; Cuban singer and composer, Albita and Bacilos, the musical trio known for their innovative fusion of rhythms, will also take the stage to present some of the Awards.
Telemundo, a U.S. Spanish-language television network, is the essential entertainment, news and sports source for Hispanics. Broadcasting unique national and local programming for the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, Telemundo reaches 91% of U.S. Hispanic viewers through its 13 owned and operated stations, more than 30 broadcast affiliates with distribution to more than 425 cable systems in 115 markets. Telemundo is a wholly-owned and operated subsidiary of NBC, the nation's leading broadcast network.
Now in its 109th year, Billboard magazine is the world's premier music industry publication. It is read weekly in 110 countries. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music and entertainment issues and trends. Billboard is the flagship property for the Billboard Music Group, which also consists of Airplay Monitor, Amusement Business, Music & Media, Billboard Bulletin, Billboard.com and Billboard Licensing. The Group is a unit of VNU Business Media, a worldwide media company that provides specialized publications, electronically delivered data, expositions and marketing services and is owned by VNU Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Netherlands-based VNU, an international publishing and information company.
MEDIA: For a complete list of finalists, news releases, downloadable pictures and to apply for press credentials to cover the 2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards, please visit telemundomv.comTelemundo.com
Business Wire and Hispanic PR Wire are the official news distribution services of the 2002 Billboard Latin Music Awards.
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