SANTA MONICA, CA. (Latin Recording Academy) - GRAMMY - and Latin GRAMMY-winning international superstar Ricky Martin
and current Latin GRAMMY nominee and celebrated tenor Andrea Bocelli
will perform at 7th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, it was announced today by The Latin Recording Academy. Newly announced presenters include current Latin GRAMMY nominees Anais, Banda El Recodo, Calle 13, Alejandra Guzmán, and Los Tigres Del Norte. The 7th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will take place on Nov. 2 at Madison Square
Garden in New York and will be broadcast on the Univision Network from 8 - 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 - 10 p.m. Central). Previously announced performers include Luis Fonsi, Ana Gabriel, Juan Luis Guerra, Maná, RBD, Alejandro Sanz, Joan Sebastian, Shakira, and Thalía. Special reggaetón performance includes Hector
"El Father," Tonny Tun Tun, Ivy Queen, and Wisin
& Yandel. And, a special salsa tribute performance includes Willie Colón, Fania All-Stars, India, Andy Montañez, Tito Nieves, and Gilberto Santa
Rosa. Previously announced presenters include Alejandra Barros, Miguel
Bosé, Fonseca, Alexa Damian, Los Horóscopos de Durango, Lena, Adamari Lopez, Pablo
Montero, Galilea Montijo, Milly Quezada, Paloma San Basilio, Johnny Ventura, Sofia
Vergara, and Catalina Sandino. Fashion entrepreneur and former Miss Universe Barbara
Palacios will serve as emcee of the Pre-Telecast Ceremony, during which winners in more than 30 of the 47 Latin GRAMMY categories will be announced prior to the evening's telecast.
Ricky Martin will also be honored as the 2006 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year at a special star-studded tribute dinner and concert the night before the Latin GRAMMY Awards telecast. Martin, chosen as Person of the Year for his accomplishments as a world-renowned entertainer, consummate performer and passionate humanitarian, will receive the honor on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in New York. Renowned internationally as one of the top vocalists of our time, singer/songwriter Andrea Bocelli is currently nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Album (Amor).
Anaisis currently nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Album (Así Soy Yo). Three-time current Latin GRAMMY nominee Calle 13 is up for Best Urban Music Album (Calle 13), Best Short Form Music Video ("Atrévete Te, Te!"), and Best New Artist. Alejandra Guzmánis a current Latin GRAMMY nominee for Best Rock Solo Vocal Album (Indeleble) and Best Rock Song ("Volverte A Amar "). Banda El Recodo has a nod for Best Banda Album (Hay Amor). Los Tigres Del Norteare nominated for Best Norteño Album (Historias Que Cantar).
Preceding the Awards show telecast, Univision will present exclusive "Noche de Estrellas" ("Night of the Stars") coverage of the celebrity arrivals direct from the Latin GRAMMY Awards Green Carpet starting at 7 p.m. ET/PT (6 p.m. Central). Hosted by "Primer Impacto" co-anchor Bárbara Bermudo and popular Univision personality Giselle Blondet, "Noche de Estrellas" will feature live interviews and commentary on the stars and their fashions, and provide viewers an intimate and up close look at Latin music's most glamorous and gala event.
The 7th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will feature 47 categories and will be supported on radio via Univision Radio (the official Spanish-language radio network of the Latin GRAMMY Awards), and highlighted on the Internet by Univision Online (the official Spanish-language Web site of the Latin GRAMMY Awards) at www..com (Uniclave: Latin GRAMMY). For more information and a complete list of nominees, please visit www.grammy.com. Due to unprecedented demand, additional tickets are being made available to the general public at the Madison Square Garden Box Office at www.thegarden.com, or through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).
The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.