Renowned iHeart Radio Personality Enrique Santos, TELEMUNDO’s Jessica Carrillo, Singer and Actress Danna Paola and Social Media Influencer Christian Acosta to Reveal Finalists
Musical Artists CNCO, Farruko and Adriel Favela, to Join the Announcement
Livestream Available at Facebook.com/Telemundo
Miami, FL – January 31, 2017 – TELEMUNDO announced today that radio personality Enrique Santos, Jessica Carrillo, the beautiful entertainment correspondent from “Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste” and co-host of “Don Francisco Te Invita,” musical artists CNCO, Farruko and Adriel Favela, singer and actress Danna Paola and social media influencer Christian Acosta will participate in the official announcement of the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists on Tuesday, February 7th at a special news conference from the SLS Brickell in Miami, Florida at 5pm ET. The presentation of the press event will stream through Facebook Live at Facebook.com/Telemundo. The announcement will be immediately followed by a lively round table discussion, featuring Latin boy-band CNCO, Puerto Rican urban artist Farruko and Regional Mexican artist Adriel Favela, among others, who will offer their reactions.
The complete list of finalists in all categories will be distributed simultaneously through NBCUniversal’s Media Village and through Telemundo.com/PremiosBillboard – the official website of the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Fans can follow the excitement on Twitter and Instagram @LatinBillboards and Facebook.com/LatinBillboards, and join the conversation using #Billboards2017.
Enrique Santos is the Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of iHeartLatino. His daily signature morning show is syndicated nationally via Premiere Networks and airs live from iHeart’s Miami station TÚ 94.9.
TV personality Jessica Carrillo, who has won the hearts of viewers across the nation for her work on TELEMUNDO’s “Al Rojo Vivo with Maria Celeste,” and most recently on the 2016 Olympic coverage from Rio, has been featured as host of the Spanish-language version of NBC’s popular show, Access Hollywood on “Al Rojo Vivo.” Born in Jalisco, Mexico, she has been part of important specials, including the red carpets of the “Billboard Latin Music Awards,” “Premios Tu Mundo,” and the “Billboard Mexican Music Awards” on Telemundo.com, among others. Before joining the U.S. Hispanic network, Jessica was a co-host for “Acceso Total” on TELEMUNDO’s stations in Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, San Jose, Phoenix, and news anchor at the network’s Las Vegas station.
Danna Paola is a Mexican actress, singer, model and designer. In 2010, she recorded the song “Yo soy tu amigo fiel” for Pixar film “Toy Story 3,” and also dubbed the voice of Rapunzel in Disney’s “Enredados,” (Tangled). Paola’s fourth solo album “Homónimo,” in 2012 marked her transition from a child star to adolescence. In 2013, she starred in the first Spanish-language version of the play “Wicked,” playing Elphaba. In 2015, she played Paloma Hernández in Telemundo’s romantic comedy “¿Quién es quien?” and most recently stars as Monica Hernandez in TELEMUNDO’s scripted drama series “La Doña.”
Christian Acosta, TELEMUNDO’s digital host presents, among others, “El Pulso” via Mashable, “El Buzz Live,” red carpet events and celebrity interviews. Through YouTube, Twitter, Facebook & Instagram, his audience exceeds a million fans. In addition to his social media success, Acosta is a pop singer who last year performed with Alejandro Sanz. He’s getting ready to launch his third single.
Made up of Christopher Vélez, Erick Brian Colón, Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho and Zabdiel de Jesús, Latin music’s newest phenomenon, CNCO, started 2016 as the opening act to Ricky Martin’s One World Tour. They signed with Sony Music Latin and recorded their debut album “Primera Cita” with producer Wisin, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top Latin Album chart with the highest sales week of any Latin album in 2016.
Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Farruko has released five studio albums and has collaborated with renowned artists including Sean Paul, Ken-Y, Arcangel, Nengo Flow, Jose Feliciano, J Alvarez, Baby Rasta and more. Last year, he joined Pitbull and Prince Royce in the successful “Bad Man Tour.” His latest single “Chillax” featuring Ky-Mani Marley spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart.
Regional Mexican music new sensation, Adriel Favela, is also a composer and talented multi-instrumentalist. Last year, his single “Tomen Nota,” featuring Los Del Arroyo, reached No. 2 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart. Adriel closed the year with two nominations for the “Latin American Music Awards” in the categories of New Artist of the Year and Favorite New Artist – Regional Mexican.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards is the only awards show that honors the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts. The longest-running and most prestigious awards show in the Latin music world will broadcast live on TELEMUNDO at 8pm/7c on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from The Watsco Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. The awards are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, which will take place April 24-27th at The Ritz-Carlton in South Beach, Florida.
BLMA Tweet: .@EnriqueSantos @JessicaCarrillo @DannaPaola @ChristianAcosta @CNCOmusic @FarrukoOfficial @Adriel_Favela participate in finalists announcement of #Billboards2017 5PM Feb 7 @TELEMUNDO @LatinBillboards
TELEMUNDO is a world-class media company leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. The network features original scripted dramas from Telemundo Studios – the #1 producer of Spanish-language primetime content – as well as non-scripted productions, theatrical motion pictures, specials, news and first-class sports events, reaching 94% of U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through its 17 owned stations and 54 broadcast affiliates. TELEMUNDO is part of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
Billboard is the world’s most influential music brand, built on the most complete and well-respected database of charts across all music genres. The Billboard charts define success in music. From the iconic Billboard magazine to Billboard.com, the ultimate consumer-facing destination for millions of passionate music fans, to the industry’s most elite conference series and influencer events including the Power 100 and Women in Music – the Billboard brand has unmatched authority among fans, artists and the industry alike. Billboard was named the leading U.S. brand on Twitter, surpassing the NFL, ESPN, BuzzFeed and MTV, with 6.1 million engaged actions in Q3 2015, and named an overall Top 10 U.S. Media Publisher in December 2015 with 11.8 million social actions. Billboard has a social media footprint of 14.8 million social followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Billboard magazine has published major news-generating covers recently including Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony, Justin Bieber, an open letter to Congress signed by 180+ of the music industry’s biggest stars and executives. In December 2016, the Billboard Women in Music ceremony, which honored Madonna as Woman of the Year, was presented to a mass audience via Lifetime, the exclusive broadcast partner.