Billboard Salutes 1998 Latin Music Artists.
LOS ANGELES, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Hot Latin stars, sizzling music and celebrity presenters highlighted the Billboard International Latin Music Awards from the Fontainebleau Hilton in Miami, Florida last night. The Telemundo Network will televise the event as a two-hour special on May 16th at 7:00PM (ET/PT).
The only show of its kind, the Billboard International Latin Music Awards is the annual premier star-studded event, honoring the year's biggest and brightest stars. Co-hosted by popular MTV personality Daisy Fuentes and comedian/actor Paul Rodriguez, the show headlined Grammy winning pop sensation Ricky Martin, Grammy-nominated powerhouse Elvis Crespo, Alejandro Fernandez, Fey and MDO.
Presenters Jon Secada, Tito Puente, Tito Puente, Jr., Celia Cruz, Maria Conchita Alonso, Cristian de la Fuente, Carmen Electra, Jerry Rivera, Sandra Vidal, Charytin, Tony Senor, Lucia Mendez, Aylin Mujica, Guillermo Sauceda, Diana Franco and Antonella Palazio handed out awards in 28 categories including Pop, Tropical/Salsa, Regional Mexican, Rap, Jazz, Fusion, Rock and Dance to the following:
Album of the Year, Male: "Vuelve," Ricky Martin (Sony Discos)
Album of the Year, Female: "Donde Estan Los Ladrones?," Shakira
Album of the Year, Duo or Group: "15 Anos Despues...," El Reencuentro
Album of the Year, New Artist: "Carlos Ponce," Carlos Ponce (EMI Latin)
Hot Latin Track of the Year: "Vuelve," Ricky Martin (Sony Discos)
Album of the Year, Male: "Suavemente," Elvis Crespo (Sony Discos)
Album of the Year, Female: "Vive," Milly Quezada (Sony Discos)
Album of the Year, Duo or Group: "Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual," Juan Luis
Guerra 440 (Karen/Polygram Latino)
Album of the Year, New Artist: "Suavemente," Elvis Crespo (Sony Discos)
Hot Latin Track of the Year: "Suavemente," Elvis Crespo (Sony Discos)
Album Of The Year, Male: "Entre El Amor Y Yo," Vicente Fernandez
Album of the Year, Female: "Cerca De Ti," Lucero (Universal Music Latino)
Album of the Year, Duo or Group: "Como Te Recuerdo," Los Temerarios
Album of the Year, New Artist: "Los Super Seven," Los Super Seven (RCA
Hot Latin Track of the Year: "Por Que Te Conoci," Los Temerarios
Hot Latin Track Artist of the Year: Alejandro Fernandez (Sony Discos)
Hot Latin Track of the Year: "Por Mujeres Como Tu," Pepe Aguilar
Rap Album of the Year: "Aquel Que Habia Muerto," Vico C (EMI Latin)
Rock Album of the Year: "Sin Danos A Terceros," Ricardo Arjona (Sony
Alternative/Fusion Album of the Year: "Ozomatli," Ozomatli (Almo Sounds)
Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year: "Hot House," Arturo Sandoval
Latin Dance Club Play Track of the Year: "Oye," Gloria Estefan (Epic)
Latin Dance Max-Single of the Year: "Suavemente," Elvis Crespo (Sony
Latin Dance Album of the Year: "Latin Mix USA," Various Artists (Columbia)
Songwriter of the Year: Kike Santander
Producer of the Year: Emilio Estefan Jr.
Publisher of the Year: F.I.P.P. Music
Publishing Corporation of the Year: F.I.P.P. Music
Three special awards were presented at this year's event. El Premio Billboard, the lifetime achievement award for Latino artists and music executives who have help expand Spanish language genres into the mainstream, was given to three-time Grammy winner Flaco Jimenez. WEA Latina pop/tropical star, Olga Tanon received the Spirit of Hope Award for her significant contribution to humanitarian and civic projects. Additionally, Ariola/BMG Latin artist Rocio Ducal was inducted into Billboard's Latin Music Hall of Fame.
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The Miami-based Telemundo (Nasdaq: TLMD) broadcasts in 63 markets and is currently available to an estimated 85 percent of Hispanic viewers. Telemundo plans to add 400,000 Hispanic cable homes over the next two years, boosting Telemundo's reach to an estimated 90 percent of the U.S. Hispanic market. Telemundo Network Group LLC is owned equally by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media.