Gente de Zona, Alejandro Fernandez, Zion & Lennox and Morat Join the line-up of Performers for the Coveted Awards Show
Award Presenters Include Ana Maria Polo, Alberto Guerra,
Angelica Celaya, Chiquis, Danna Paola, Demian Bichir,
Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria, Maria Celeste Arraras, and Maria Leon
Miami, FL – April 6, 2017 – For the first time in the history of this illustrious event, internationally renowned singer and songwriter Ricardo Arjona will take the stage of the Billboard Latin Music Awards. The show will also include exciting performances by leading Cuban rhythmic duet Gente De Zona, beloved pop icon and Mexican superstar Alejandro Fernandez, Puerto Rican reggaetón duo Zion & Lennox, and new Colombian pop sensation Morat, joining previously announced artists Nicky Jam, Banda MS and CNCO. In addition, the first list of award presenters was announced including the host of “Caso Cerrado” Ana Maria Polo; Actor Alberto Guerra & singer and actress Maria Leon stars from Telemundo’s upcoming scripted drama music series “Guerra de Idolos;” Mexican-American actress and star of “Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio,” Angelica Celaya; singer and television personality Chiquis from Universo’s celeb-reality “The Riveras;” Mexican actress, and recording artist Danna Paola from Telemundo’s “La Doña”; Hollywood actors and directors Demian Bichir and Eva Longoria, from the upcoming feature film “Lowriders”; Eugenio Derbez actor and producer of “How to be a Latin Lover,” and TV host of “Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste” Maria Celeste Arraras. The longest-running and most prestigious awards show in the Latin music world will broadcast live on TELEMUNDO Thursday, April 27 at 8pm/7c from The Watsco Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. The event will also broadcast simultaneously on Universo, the fastest growing Spanish-language entertainment cable network in the U.S.
Ricardo Arjona is one of the most respected Latin artists, particularly for his social conscience and his integrity in writing and performing songs. He has sold over 40 million records to date, earning his 20th entry on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart when “Apague La Luz y Escuche” arrived at No. 3. He’s had five No. 1s on the chart, and 14 have reached the top 10. He’s currently preparing for the launch of his new production “Circo Soledad” out on April 21st.
Cuban duo Gente de Zona combine reggaeton with traditional rhythms such as son and mambo. Since their debut, the group has placed eight singles on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. Their first chart hit, as a guest artist on Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando” broke the record for most weeks at No. 1 in the history of the chart, staying atop for 41 weeks.
Alejandro Fernandez is one of Latin America’s most prolific artists, having sold over 30 million albums worldwide. His latest album, “Rompiendo Fronteras,” marked the sixth time the artist tops the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. “Rompiendo Fronteras” simultaneously tops the Latin Pop Albums chart, making this accomplishment his 10th No. 1 on the chart
Zion & Lennox is one of the most important acts in urban Latin music. The Puerto Rican duo earned its first No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums in 2016 as “Motivan2” debuted atop the chart in October. They spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Latin Airplay chart later in the year with “Te Quiero Pa’Mi” alongside Don Omar. Since 2005, the group has earned 19 total Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart hits.
Newcomer Colombian folk pop quartet Morat catapulted to international fame thanks to the song “Mi Nuevo Vicio,” a collaboration with Paulina Rubio. They are back on top of the Latin Pop Songs airplay chart with the hit songs “Quiero Que Te Vuelvas” and “Se Que Te Duele” with Alejandro Fernandez.
The 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards, in addition to its red-carpet pre-show “La Alfombra de Premios Billboard,” will also broadcast throughout the Americas. Viewers can tune-in to TELEMUNDO Internacional in 24 countries and to open broadcast in Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru.
The complete list of finalists, in addition to exclusive content about this year’s three-hour ceremony, can be found at Telemundo.com/PremiosBillboard – the official website of the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Follow the excitement of the star-studded event on Twitter and Instagram @LatinBillboards and Facebook.com/LatinBillboards, and join the conversation by using the official hashtag #Billboards2017.
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About the Awards:
The Billboard Latin Music Awards are the only ones that honor 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 awards are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, which will take place on April 24-27th at The Ritz-Carlton in South Beach, Florida. Now in its 28th year, the conference is the biggest and longest-running event dedicated to Latin music in the world. The conference is the “must-attend” event for the top power players in the industry including A-list talent and top agents, managers, promoters, marketing, advertising, and radio executives, as well as for those taking their first steps in the business. For information please visit www.BillboardLatinConference.com or email email@example.com
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.
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