March 09, 2001

The Latin Recording Academy will stage the 2nd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards on Sept. 12 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, it was announced by Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy President/Chief Executive Officer Michael Greene.

The show -- which will feature performances from some of the genre's biggest artists -- will be broadcast domestically by the CBS Television Network and is expected to be seen internationally in more than 120 countries.

On hand to help Greene announce plans for the 2nd Annual Latin GRAMMYs were Alex Penelas, mayor of Miami-Dade County; Mauricio Abaroa, senior vice president/executive director of the Latin Recording Academy; Jorge Mas Santos, president of the Cuban-American Foundation; Neisen Kasdin, mayor of Miami Beach; Jack Sussman, senior VP of specials for CBS Television; William Talbert III, president/CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau; Nicki Grossman, president/CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Eric Woolworth, president of American Airlines Arena; as well as prominent members of the music industry, community business leaders and representatives from the state of Florida.

Many celebrated recording artists were also present for the announcement, including Bacilos, Carlos Ponce, Carlos Vives, Chris Duran, Danny Rivera, Diego Torres, Eduardo Verastegui, Innis, Jon Secada, Jose-Jose, Kike Santander, Luis Enrique, Marcella Morelo, MDO, Pablo Montero, Rudy Perez, Shalim, Soraya, Tito Nieves, Tommy Torres, Tony Vega and Willy Chirino.

"The Latin GRAMMY Awards are an international celebration honoring creative achievements in the vast world of Latin music," said Greene. "Bringing the show to Miami, one of North America's primary gateways to Latin music and people, is an important next step for the continued growth and impact of the Latin GRAMMYs.

"The cultural diversity, musical vitality and sincere commitment of Miami's business and political leadership to provide a hospitable and secure environment for all our Latin music makers has inspired our mission and has everyone looking forward to this great partnership."

The weeks leading up to the Latin GRAMMY Awards feature a month-long Latin GRAMMY Fest -- a celebration that will showcase the vitality, quality and diversity of the Miami and Latin cultural communities. Latin GRAMMY Fest events will be produced by local non-profit organizations and will include concerts, educational events, exhibits, performances, workshops and receptions.

"We are honored to host this prestigious event before the world and are excited to work closely with the Academy in hosting the many cultural and educational events leading up to the Latin GRAMMYs," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas. "I can think of no other host community with the same social, cultural and entertainment connection to the Latin community."

The 2nd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast domestically by the CBS Television Network from 9-11 p.m. (EDT and PDT). The network will also distribute the show internationally through CBS Broadcast International. Last year's show marked the first time a largely Spanish-language program was aired in prime time in the United States, and its successful reach, prestige value and unique musical content was a powerful addition to the network's offerings.

"Last year's broadcast of the Latin GRAMMYs was groundbreaking," said Leslie Moonves, president/CEO of CBS Television. "We were in on the ground floor of an important new franchise for the CBS family.

"As we embark on the second year of this awards program, which will showcase some of the most exciting music in the world, we are particularly pleased that it coincides with the growth of both Latin music and its influence on the nation.

"The show also continues to energize our long-standing relationship with the Recording Academy and now the Latin Recording Academy. We look forward to great music, great performances and a great event this September in Miami."

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