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GLORIA ESTEFAN AND EDWARD JAMES OLMOS TAKE TOP HONORS AT 1992 'DESI ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS'

 GLORIA ESTEFAN AND EDWARD JAMES OLMOS TAKE TOP
 HONORS AT 1992 'DESI ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS'
 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Singer Gloria Estefan and veteran actor Edward James Olmos captured top music and film awards at this year's "Desi Entertainment Awards," taped Aug. 17 at the Historic Art Deco Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. The two-hour musical extravaganza recognizes Hispanic contributions in film, music and television and was hosted by comedian Paul Rodriguez. The telecast will be syndicated by Tribune Entertainment and air between Aug. 31-Sept. 13, during Hispanic Heritage Month.
 Estefan, nominated twice in the music category, took home awards for Performer of the Year and Song of the Year for her single "Live for Loving You," edging out both Mariah Carey and Martika.
 Oscar-nominated Edward James Olmos was voted Favorite Film Actor for his role in "American Me." The motion picture, directed and produced by Olmos, also received the Desi Award for Favorite Film. In addition, Ruben Blades presented Olmos with the prestigious Trailblazer Award for his pioneering efforts in the media and social contributions to the community. The award was presented by the Eastman Kodak Co.
 Rounding out the winners in the film category were Favorite Film Actress Celia Cruz for "The Mambo Kings" and Andy Garcia for Favorite Film Performance in "Dead Again."
 In the television category, Favorite Actor and Actress awards went to "L.A. Laws's" Jimmy Smits and "Growing Pains'" Joanna Kerns, respectively. Elizabeth Pena picked up the Favorite Television Performance award for her role in the CBS television movie "Fugitive Among Us," and Univision's "Sabado Gigante" was honored as Favorite Spanish Language Television Program.
 The soundtrack from the hot Latin movie "The Mambo Kings" was awarded Album of the Year, and Los Lobos beat out Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, the Texas Tornados and The Triplets to take home the Favorite Group award.
 In the Latin Music category, Ana Gabriel was named Performer of the Year while Juan Luis Guerra y 4:40 won for Favorite Group. Song of the Year honors went to Vikki Carr and Ana Gabriel for "Cosas del Amor," and Album of the Year was "Romance" by Luis Miguel.
 In addition, actor Ricardo Montalban and performer Jose Jose were honored with the Award of Merit for Lifetime Achievement. Ricardo Montalban, well known for his roles in "Fantasy Island" and "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," has starred in more than 40 motion pictures in Mexico, Europe and the U.S. Burt Reynolds presented the prestigious award to Montalban for his work in film and television.
 Jose Jose, considered a national treasure in his native Mexico, is one of the most popular singers throughout the Spanish-speaking world. The first Latin artist in the U.S. to sell more than one million albums, Jose Jose was presented the Award of Merit for Lifetime Achievement by Tony Bennett for his contributions to the music industry.
 Highlighting the "The Desi Entertainment Awards" were electrifying performances by some of today's hottest Latin performers, including Los Lobos, Martika, The Texas Tornados and The Triplets. And the set, a recreation of the Tropicana nightclub in New York where Desi Arnaz performed as Ricky Ricardo on "I Love Lucy," was the perfect backdrop to Tito Puente's band performing Jellybean Benitez' new charts of the original "I Love Lucy" theme song.
 The "Desi's" are the only awards to honor entertainers in both the English and Spanish language media. Award winners are chosen by popular vote with leading Spanish and bi-lingual publications running nomination forms. Proceeds from the event go in part to the Hispanic Organization of Media Excellence (H.O.M.E.), a non-profit organization created to encourage increased participation of Hispanics in the media.
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