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El Premio de la Gente, Ritmo Latino Music Awards 2002; Vons Confirms Its Fourth Consecutive Year as a Sponsor; Kodak Theatre: Our New Home in Hollywood.

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LOS ANGELES--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Aug. 14, 2002

A Tribute to Marcos Witt for His Contribution to Christian Music

El Premio LLC announced today the nominees for the Fourth Annual El Premio de la Gente(R), Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R) 2002. This is the only music award in the Hispanic entertainment industry that allows fans across the nation to decide their favorite artists. The awards are considered to be the award of the people.

With more than two thousand retail voting affiliates across the United States and with the option to select their favorite artists via the Internet, El Premio de la Gente(R), Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R) is the preeminent Hispanic music awards reaching millions of music lovers all over the world.

This year, the awards will be presented on October 25th in the heart of Hollywood at the high-tech Kodak Theatre and telecast this fall on the Telemundo Network. The event will unite the most venerated Hispanic musical talent and highlight the hottest artists in the entertainment industry in a spectacular evening.

The Categories

With 14 categories divided into Pop, Rock en Espanol, Ranchero, Tejano or Norteno, Regional Mexican and tropical for starters, heavy weight artists like Luis Miguel, Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Joan Sebastian, Marc Anthony, Alejandra Guzman, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Celia Cruz, La Ley, Carlos Vives and Lupillo Rivera will compete for the honor that will crown them as the ultimate favorites of the people.

For the first time in the history of El Premio de la Gente(R), Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R) there will be special recognition given to the Christian Artist of the Year with a special tribute to Marcos Witt and his contribution to Spanish language Christian music.

For the first time, the organization will present the "Estrellas de la Gente" (Stars of the People), an honor for the international Mexican group that has garnered outstanding praise and popularity over the past twenty years among Latinos in the United States, Los Tigres del Norte.


 2002
 NOMINATIONS

 SOLISTA O GRUPO POP DEL ANO FEMENINO
 Female Pop Artist or Group of the Year

 LAURA PAUSINI
 Lo Mejor de Laura Pausini

 PILAR MONTENEGRO
 Desahogo

 ALEJANDRA GUZMAN
 Soy

 OLGA TANON
 Yo Por Ti

 JACI VELAZQUEZ
 Mi Corazon



 SOLISTA O GRUPO POP DEL ANO MASCULINO
 Male Pop Artist or Group of the Year

 ALEJANDRO SANZ
 MTV Unplugged

 CHARLIE ZAA
 De Un Solo Sentimiento

 LUIS MIGUEL
 Mis Romances

 ALEXANDRE PIRES
 Alexandre Pires

 GIPSY KINGS
 Somos Gitanos



 SOLISTA O GRUPO RANCHERO O CORRIDOS DEL ANO
 MASCULINO O FEMENINO
 Ranchero or Corridos Artist or Group of the Year
 Male or Female

 ALICIA VILLARREAL
 Soy Lo Prohibido

 LOS TEMERARIOS
 Baladas Rancheras

 LUPILLO RIVERA
 Sufriendo A Solas

 LOS RAZOS DE SACRAMENTO Y REYNALDO
 Corazon De Perico

 PEPE AGUILAR
 Lo Mejor De Nosotros



 SOLISTA O GRUPO TEJANO O NORTENO DEL ANO
 MASCULINO O FEMENINO
 Tejano or Norteno Artist or Group of the Year
 Male or Female

 EL PODER DEL NORTE
 El Autentico Y Unico En Vivo

 PALOMO
 Fuerza Musical

 LOS TUCANES DE TIJUANA
 Las Romanticas De Los Tucanes De Tijuana

 LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE
 Uniendo Fronteras

 LOS HURACANES DEL NORTE
 Mensaje De Oro



 SOLISTA O GRUPO MUSICA REGIONAL
 MEXICANA DEL ANO
 MASCULINO O FEMENINO
 Regional Mexican Artist or Group of the Year
 Male or Female

 Artista: JOAN SEBASTIAN
 En Vivo: Desde La Plaza El Progreso de Guadalajara

 Artista: GRUPO BRINDIS
 Historia Musical Romantica

 LIBERACION
 Ahora Y Siempre

 LOS ANGELES AZULES
 Historia Musical

 EL CHICHICUILOTE
 Moviendo Las Plumas



 SOLISTA O GRUPO TROPICAL DEL ANO
 MASCULINO O FEMENINO
 Tropical Artist or Group of the Year
 Male or Female

 GILBERTO SANTA ROSA
 Intenso

 OLGA TANON
 Yo Por Ti

 CARLOS VIVES
 Dejame Entrar

 MARC ANTHONY
 Libre

 CELIA CRUZ
 La Negra Tiene Tumbao



 SOLISTA O GRUPO DE MUSICA CRISTIANA DEL ANO
 MASCULINO O FEMENINO
 Christian Artist or Group of the Year
 Male or Female

 MARCOS WITT
 Vivencias

 DANILO MONTERO
 Cantare de Tu Amor

 RABITO
 Viva la Vida

 ANNETTE MORENO
 El Amor Que Me Das

 ROBERTO ORELLANA
 Fusion



 SOLISTA O GRUPO DE ROCK EN ESPANOL DEL ANO
 MASCULINO O FEMENINO
 Rock en Espanol Artist or Group of the Year
 Male or Female

 LA LEY
 MTV Unplugged

 OZOMATLI
 Embrace The Caos

 JUANES
 Un Dia Normal

 LA MOSCA TSE-TSE
 Buenos Muchachos

 ALEJANDRA GUZMAN
 Soy



 TV y Novelas

 ARTISTA NUEVA GENERACION DEL ANO
 MASCULINO O FEMENINO
 New Artist of the Year -- Male or Female

 PATRICIA MANTEROLA

 PILAR MONTENEGRO

 LOS RAZOS DE SACRAMENTO Y REYNALDO

 LOS ORIGINALES DE SAN JUAN

 MELODY



 VIDEO MUSICAL DEL ANO
 Music Video of the Year

 SUERTE
 SHAKIRA
 Director: Francis Lawrence

 LA VIDA NO ES IGUAL
 JAGUARES
 Director: Adolfo Davila

 DEJAME AMARTE
 INTOCABLE
 Director: Benny Corral

 ESCAPAR
 ENRIQUE IGLESIAS
 Director: Dave Meyers

 DEJAME ENTRAR
 CARLOS VIVES
 Director: Oscar Azula



 COMPOSITOR DEL ANO
 MASCULINO O FEMENINO
 Composer of the Year -- Male or Female

 HASTA QUE VUELVAS CONMIGO
 MARC ANTHONY
 Compositor: Gian Marco -- Marc Anthony

 EL PRIMER TONTO
 JOAN SEBASTIAN
 Compositor: Joan Sebastian

 TANTITA PENA
 ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZ
 Compositor: Kiko Campos -- F. Riba

 DEJAME ENTRAR
 CARLOS VIVES
 Compositor: C.Vives -- M. Madera -- A. Castro

 VOLVERE JUNTO A TI
 LAURA PAUSINI
 Compositor: Pausini -- Cheope



 CANCION DEL ANO
 MASCULINO O FEMENINO
 Song of the Year -- Male or Female

 QUITAME ESE HOMBRE
 PILAR MONTENEGRO

 EL PRIMER TONTO
 JOAN SEBASTIAN

 HASTA QUE VUELVAS CONMIGO
 MARC ANTHONY

 APRENDIZ
 ALEJANDRO SANZ

 FLOR SIN RETONO
 CHARLIE ZAA



 ALBUM DEL ANO
 Album of the Year

 LIBRE
 MARC ANTHONY
 Productores: Marc Anthony / Juan A. Gonzalez

 De Un Solo Sentimiento
 CHARLIE ZAA
 Productores: Charlie Zaa

 EN VIVO: DESDE LA PLAZA EL PROGRESODE GUADALAJARA
 JOAN SEBASTIAN
 Productores: Joan Sebastian

 MTV UNPLUGGED
 ALEJANDRO SANZ
 Productor: Humberto Gatica / Kenny O'Brien

 Mis Romances
 LUIS MIGUEL
 Productor: Luis Miguel



 ARTISTA DEL ANO
 MASCULINO O FEMENINO
 Artist of the Year -- Male or Female

 LAURA PAUSINI

 ALEXANDRE PIRES

 ALICIA VILLARREAL

 PILAR MONTENEGRO

 LA LEY



Voting Process

All music fans are invited to participate in the voting process. The voting begins on August 15th through September 23d. The nominees are selected based on the total sales from November 1, 2001, to May 31, 2002 at the Ritmo Latino music stores.

With over two thousand locations available, faithful music followers may cast their ballots at any Southern California or Nevada VONS, RITMO LATINO music stores, Albertsons, Jewel, Sedano's, Bravo, C-Town and Acme. Voters may also vote from home via the Internet by logging onto www.premiosritmo.com. Besides choosing who your favorite artists are, the site offers access to artist news, audio clips, video feeds, trivia questions and merchandise. Comova.com has designed the site. Media outlets are encouraged to log onto the site "Acera de EL PREMIO" (about El Premio) for additional information. Nominated artists can motivate their fans to vote for them through their own official websites. Candidates will have a special link to www.premiosritmo.com where they can cast their ballots. This year Terra Lycos has partnered with El Premio de la Gente.

Parallel 68 Degrees Communications, one of the most prominent auditing firms will be in charge of processing and tabulating the ballots and will submit the final results in sealed envelopes to Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R), El Premio de la Gente(R).

Sponsors

The Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R), El Premio de La Gente(R), is made possible thanks to the support of such respected companies such as Vons, Albertsons, Krasdale, Sedano's, Nestle, the Telemundo Network, KVEA channel 52 a Los Angeles subdivision of Telemundo, the daily newspaper La Opinion, Radio Unica, Viva 107.1 FM.

"Our purpose is to create an unmatched event for Latin music enthusiasts," asserts Luis Medina, Executive Producer of the Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R). "We are extremely proud to acknowledge that this is the only high caliber celebration in the industry that gives the power of election solely to the consumers."

El Premio de la Gente(R), Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R) is produced by Uno Productions, Santa Fe Communications and Ritmo Latino Stores.
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