The music industry is revving up for the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live on Telemundo on April 10 at 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. This year Juan Luis Guerra leads the list of nominees with seven nods, followed by Fanny Lú, with six.
The Colombian singer was bubbling with excitement when she found out that her album Lágrimas cálidas had earned her so much recognition. “I yelled, I danced, I thanked God,” says Fanny Lú, “and I called everyone to tell them the good news.” She’s got good news for fans, too, as she’ll be launching her second disc this summer. According to the artist, the Billboard acknowledgements have energized her and made her “want to work even more.” This new spirit will definitely be noticeable on the new album’s first single, which will hit radios in March.
Juan Luis Guerra is another star who’s sure to have a big night on April 10 at the Seminole Hard Rock arena in Hollywood, Fl. Juanes, Jennifer López, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Marco Antonio Solís, Julieta Venegas, Vicente Fernández and the group Maná are just some of the other artists who will be joining the Dominican singer at the event.
According to Leila Cobo, executive director of content and programming for Billboard Magazine, “As far as sales go, Mexican artists dominated.” Nonetheless, the artists up for Best Latino Album award are a diverse bunch of musicians, including reggaeton rappers Wisin y Yandel, pop diva Jennifer López and the alt-rock and blues band Camila. Cobo calls Camila’s mention “encouraging and positive, because it means that people are willing to buy new and different music.”
For those of you interested in fashion, you can check out that red carpet show an hour before the ceremony begins, at 7:00 p.m. on Telemundo.