Chayanne Crowned Artist of the Year
Son by Four, Mana and Chayanne Among Winners At Ritmo Latino Music Awards
El Premio De La Gente
Telemundo Network to Televise Second Popularly Voted Latin Awards Show
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Hot Latin stars and sizzling
live music performances were in evidence at the Ritmo Latino Music Awards
El Premio de la Gente last night at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los
Angeles, California. Now in its second year, the award show is a testament
to the growing popularity of Latino music in the United States, where
music fans determined the outcome and celebrated their colorful Latino
heritage. The Telemundo Network will televise the event as a two-hour
special on October 29th at 9:00PM (ET\PT).
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Gloria Calzada of Telemundo's new morning program ESTA MANANA and Roberto
Angelelli of Telemundo's AY CARAMBA! co-hosted the gala event which headlined
performances from top stars in Latin music, including Jaci Velasquez,
Paulina Rubio, Chayanne, Pedro Fernandez, Bertin Osborne, Charlie Zaa,
Son by Four and Jaguares. The biggest surprise of the night came
with the unannounced special performance by legendary Marco Antonio Solis,
who took the stage at the end of the evening.
One of the more moving moments of the evening was the tribute to music
recording artist Joan Sebastian with the "Tributo Nacional Lifetime Achievement
Award." A successful composer and recording artist, Sebastian has written
and collaborated with the biggest names and voices in Latin music, having
composed numerous types of music ranging from Latin pop, ballads, norteno
and ranchera, with many countless hits. The award is based on an artist's
overall body of work and their contributions to Latin music and culture.
Sponsored by VONS, a Safeway company, La Opinion and Viva 107, the nominees
were selected on the basis of SoundScan, Inc.'s report on record sales
from July 1999 to June 2000. The winners were selected by the public,
who were invited to vote for their favorite artists between August 9,
2000 and September 12, 2000 by visiting VONS and Ritmo Latino Record Stores
located throughout the U.S.
To underscore the importance of "the people's" involvement in the awards,
the public was invited to announce the awards in l4 categories, including
Pop, Rock, Salsa, Merengue, Ranchero, Regional and Tejano.
Winners were as follows:
FEMALE POP ARTIST OR GROUP -- Ana Gabriel / "Soy como soy"
MALE POP ARTIST OR GROUP -- Mana / MTV Unplugged
RANCHERO ARTIST OR GROUP (Male or Female) -- Pepe Aguilar / "Por una mujer
TEJANO ARTIST OR GROUP (Male or Female) -- Intocable / "Contigo"
ARTIST OR GROUP REGIONAL MEXICAN (Male or Female) -- Los Tigres del Norte
"Herencia de familia"
SALSA ARTIST (Male or Female) -- Carlos Vives / "El amor de mi tierra"
MERENGUE ARTIST (Male or Female) -- Elvis Crespo / "Pintame"
ROCK EN ESPANOL, Artist or Group -- Jaguares / "Bajo el azul de tu misterio"
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR -- Son By Four
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR -- Chayanne / "Atado a tu amor" / Directed by
COMPOSER OF THE YEAR -- Omar Alfanno / "A puro dolor" / Son By Four
SONG OF THE YEAR (Male or Female) -- "A puro dolor" / Son By Four
ALBUM OF THE YEAR -- MTV Unplugged / Mana / Producers: Fher Olvera &
ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Male or Female) -- Chayanne
Uno Productions and Telemundo Network produced the Ritmo Latino Music
Awards El Premio de la Gente. Founded by Luis Medina, Uno Productions
has been a leader in the field of marketing to the Latin community for
more than 15 years. Uno's clients include some of America's largest corporations,
including the Miller Brewing Co., Target, Mervyn's, Clairol, and virtually
every major record label in the U.S.
Telemundo, the fastest growing US Spanish-language television network,
reaches 85% of Hispanic viewers. Telemundo Network Group LLC is owned
equally by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media.
Thanks to Barbara! Gracias a Barbara!