January 17, 2004

Finalists for the 2004 Billboard Latin Music Awards were announced today by Telemundo and Billboard. Ricky Martin, Juanes, Celia Cruz, Thalia, David Bisbal, India, Chayanne, Mana, Marco Antonio Solis, and Obie Bermudez are featured among finalists in multiple categories. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 29th at the Miami Arena and will be produced broadcast live on Telemundo.

“Through this top quality original production, Telemundo is proud to honor the work of these talented artists and another remarkable year in Latin music.” said Ramon Escobar, Executive Vice President of Programming and Production for Telemundo.

"The Billboard Latin Music Awards is the only awards show that highlights the most popular artists, songs, and albums in the various Latin genres, as determined by objective sales and radio airplay data," says John Kilcullen, President and Publisher of the Billboard Information Group. "From regional Mexican to pop, from tours to radio, these awards really reflect the hottest trends in Latin Music today. We know that the winners at our awards ceremony truly connect with music consumers and radio listeners."

Topping the finalist list is the Latin music legend Celia Cruz, a finalist for Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year; Tropical Album of the Year-Female for “Exitos Eternos”, “Hits Mix” and “Regalo del Alma”; Latin Greatest Hits Album of the Year for “Exitos Eternos” and “Hits Mix”; and Tropical Airplay Track of the Year “Rie y Llora”.

Among the major categories, Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year finalists include Regional Mexican Group Intocable, Latin rock group Mana and singer/songwriter Marco Antonio Solis. Featured for Hot Latin Track of the Year are Obie Bermudez for “Antes”, Chayanne for “Un Siglo Sin Ti”, Juanes with Nelly Furtado for “Fotografia,” and Ricky Martin for “Tal Vez.” Finalists for Latin Tour of the Year include Ricardo Arjona, Vicente Fernandez, Mana and Luis Miguel.

Colombian rocker Juanes is a finalist in five categories as is Puerto Rican artist, Ricky Martin. Also a standout at this year’s event, and a finalist up for four awards is Mexican songstress Thalia and up-and-coming Puerto Rican singe/songwriter Obie Bermudez.

Finalists up for three awards include A.B. Quintanilla III & Kumbia Kings, Akwid, Chayanne, Conjunto Primavera, David Bisbal, India, Intocable, Mana, and Marco Antonio Solis. Several artists are competing for two awards including Gloria Estefan, Jaci Velasquez, Jerry Rivera, Luis Miguel, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Olga Tañon, Ana Barbara, Briseyda y Los Muchachos, Divino, Jae-P, Fabian Gomez, Sin Bandera, Limite, Pepe Aguilar, Lunytunes & Noriega, Son de Cali, Tiziano Ferro, and Valentin Elizalde

2004 BILLBOARD'S LATIN MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS

(In alphabetical order by artist)

Hot Latin Track Of The Year:

“Antes” Obie Bermudez (EMI Latin)
“Un Siglo Sin Ti” Chayanne (Sony Discos)
“Fotografia” Juanes With Nelly Furtado (Surco/Universal Latino)
“Tal Vez” Ricky Martin (Sony Discos)

Hot Latin Track Of The Year, Vocal Duet:

“Fotografia” Juanes With Nelly Furtado (Surco/Universal Latino)
“No Tengo Dinero” A.B. Quintanilla III & Kumbia Kings Feat. Juan Gabriel & El Gran Silencio (EMI Latin)
“Mi Gente” A.B. Quintanilla III & Kumbia Kings Featuring Ozomatli (EMI Latin)
“Me Pones Sexy” Thalia Featuring Fat Joe (EMI Latin)

Hot Latin Tracks Artist Of The Year:

Intocable (EMI Latin)
Juanes (Surco/Universal Latino)
Ricky Martin (Sony Discos)
Conjunto Primavera (Fonovisa)

Songwriter Of The Year:

Franco De Vita
Juan Gabriel
Juanes
Marco Antonio Solis

Producer Of The Year:

Jesus Guillen
Rudy Perez
Kike Santander
Tommy Torres

Latin Pop Album Of The Year, Male:

“Sincero” Chayanne (Sony Discos)
“Almas Del Silencio” Ricky Martin (Sony Discos)
“33” Luis Miguel (Warner Latina)
“No Es Lo Mismo” Alejandro Sanz (Warner Latina)

Latin Pop Album Of The Year, Female:

“Belinda” Belinda (Ariola/BMG Latin)
“Por Ti” Ednita Nazario (Sony Discos)
“Soraya” Soraya (EMI Latin)
“Milagro” Jaci Velasquez (Sony Discos)

Latin Pop Album Of The Year, Duo or Group:

“Mambo Sinuendo” Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban (Perro Verde/Nonesuch/AG)
“Lo Que Te Conte Mientras Te Hacias La Dormida” La Oreja De Van Gogh (Sony Discos)
“4” A.B. Quintanilla III Presents Kumbia Kings (EMI Latin)
“De Viaje” Sin Bandera (Sony Discos)

Latin Pop Album Of The Year, New Artist:

“Confesiones” Obie Bermudez (EMI Latin)
“Corazon Latino” David Bisbal (Vale/Universal Latino)
“Rojo Relativo” Tiziano Ferro (EMI Latin)
“The Last Don” Don Omar (VI Music)

Top Latin Albums Artist Of The Year:

Celia Cruz (Sony Discos)
Intocable (EMI Latin)
Mana (Warner Latina)
Marco Antonio Solis (Fonovisa/UG)

Latin Rock/Alternative Album Of The Year:

“Cuatro Caminos” Café Tacuba (MCA)
“Libertad” La Ley (WEA Rock/Warner Latina)
“Dance And Dense Denso” Molotov (Surco/Universal Latino)
“Coming Up (EP)” Ozomatli (Concord Picante/Concord)

Tropical Album Of The Year, Male:

“Todo A Su Tiempo” Divino (Luar)
“Music For My Peoples” Huey Dunbar (Sony Discos)
“Buenos Hermanos” Ibrahim Ferrer (World Circuit/Nonesuch/AG)
“Canto A Mi Idolo…Frankie Ruiz” Jerry Rivera (Ariola/BMG Latin)

Tropical Album Of The Year, Female:

“Exitos Eternos” Celia Cruz (Universal Latino)
“Hits Mix” Celia Cruz (Sony Discos)
“Regalo Del Alma” Celia Cruz (Sony Discos)
“A Puro Fuego” Olga Tanon (Warner Latina)

Tropical Album Of The Year, Duo Or Group:

“En Vivo 30 Aniversario” Raphy Leavitt Y La Selecta (VI Music)
“Mas Flow” Lunytunes & Noriega (VI Music)
“Hombres De Honor” Grupo Mania (Universal Latino)
“The Mix” Monchy & Alexandra (J&N/Sony Discos)

Tropical Album Of The Year, New Artist:

“Todo A Su Tiempo” Divino (Luar)
“Flor De Tabaco” Flor De Tabaco (Erami/VI Music)
“Mas Flow” Lunytunes & Noriega (VI Music)
“Censurado” Ranking Stone (VI Music)

Regional Mexican Album Of The Year, Male Solo Artist:

“Con Orgullo Por Herencia” Pepe Aguilar (Univision/UG)
“Y Tenerte Otra Vez” Pepe Aguilar (Univision/UG)
“Nina Amada Mia” Alejandro Fernandez (Sony Discos)
“Tu Amor O Tu Desprecio” Marco Antonio Solis (Fonovisa/UG)

Regional Mexican Album Of The Year, Male Duo or Group:

“Proyecto Akwid” Akwid (Univision/UG)
“En Vivo: Juntos Por Ultima Vez” Vicente & Alejandro Fernandez (Sony Discos)
“De Durango A Chicago” Grupo Montez De Durango (Disa)
“Decide Tu” Conjunto Primavera (Fonovisa/UG)

Regional Mexican Album Of The Year, Female Group or Female Solo Artist:

“En Vivo Al Azul Vivo” Los Angeles Azules (Disa)
“Te Atrapare Bandido” Ana Barbara (Fonovisa/UG)
“Dulce Y Salado” Ana Gabriel (Sony Discos)
“Homenaje A Las Grandes” Jenni Rivera (Fonovisa/UG)

Regional Mexican Album Of The Year, New Artist:

“Proyecto Akwid” Akwid (Univision/UG)
“Conjunto Atardecer” Conjunto Atardecer (Universal Latino)
“Desde Hoy” Duelo (Univision/UG)
“Ni De Aqui Ni De Alla” Jae-P (Univision/UG)

Latin Greatest Hits Album Of The Year:

“Exitos Eternos” Celia Cruz (Universal Latino)
“Hits Mix” Celia Cruz (Sony Discos)
“La Historia” Intocable (EMI Latin)
“Herencia Musical: 20 Corridos Inolvidables” Los Tigres Del Norte (Fonovisa/UG)

Latin Compilation Album Of The Year:

“Los 30 Corridos Mas Prohibidos” Various Artists (Fonovisa/UG)
“30 De Sax En Sax Vol. 1” Various Artists (Fonovisa/UG)
“30 Gruperas De Coleccion” Various Artists (Univision/UG)
“Historia Musical Grupera” Various Artists (Disa)

Latin Jazz Album Of The Year:

“Vol. 4: Vodou Dance” Los Hombres Calientes (Basin Street)
“Ritmo Caliente” Eddie Palmieri (Concord Picante/Concord)
“Out Of Sight” Poncho Sanchez (Concord Picante/Concord)
“Trumpet Evolution” Arturo Sandoval (Crescent Moon/Columbia/Sony Music)

Latin Dance Club Play Track Of The Year:

“Adicto/Addicted (Remixes)” Enrique Iglesias (Interscope/Universal Latino)
“Seduceme/Seduce Me Now (Remixes)” India (Sony Discos/Jellybean)
“Lei Lo Lai (Masters At Work Remix)” The Latin Project (Electric Monkey)
“Jaleo (Roger Sanchez Remix)” Ricky Martin (Sony Discos)

Latin Dance Single Of The Year:

“Seduce Me Now (Remixes)” India (Sony Discos/Jellybean)
“I’m Glad (Paul Oakenfold Remix)” Jennifer Lopez (Epic/Sony Music)
“Baby, I’m In Love (Boris & Beck Remix)” Thalia (EMI Latin/Virgin)
“I Want You (Pablo Flores Remix)” Thalia Featuring Fat Joe (EMI Latin/Virgin)

Latin Rap/Hip-Hop Album Of The Year:

“Proyecto Akwid” Akwid (Univision/UG)
“En Honor A La Verdad” Vico C (EMI Latin)
“The Last Don” Don Omar (VI Music)
“Ni De Aqui Ni De Alla” Jae-P (Univision/UG)

Publisher Of The Year:

EMI April,ASCAP
Ser-Ca,BMI
Sony/ATV Discos,ASCAP
WB,ASCAP

Publishing Corporation Of The Year:

EMI Music Publishing
Peermusic Publishing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

Latin Pop Airplay Track Of The Year, Male:

“Antes” Obie Bermudez (EMI Latin)
“Un Siglo Sin Ti” Chayanne (Sony Discos)
“Tal Vez” Ricky Martin (Sony Discos)
“Amame” Alexandre Pires (Ariola/BMG Latin)

Latin Pop Airplay Track Of The Year, Female:

“Hoy” Gloria Estefan (Epic/Sony Discos)
“Clavame Tu Amor” Noelia (Fonovisa)
“Que Me Quedes Tu” Shakira (Sony Discos)
“A Quien Le Importa?” Thalia (EMI Latin)

Latin Pop Airplay Track Of The Year, Duo Or Group:

“Fotografia” Juanes With Nelly Furtado (Surco/Universal Latino)
“Mariposa Traicionera” Mana (Warner Latina)
“Rosas” La Oreja De Van Gogh (Sony Discos)
“Mientes Tan Bien” Sin Bandera (Sony Discos)

Latin Pop Airplay Track Of The Year, New Artist:

“Llorare Las Penas” David Bisbal (Vale/Universal Latino)
“Quiero Perderme En Tu Cuerpo” David Bisbal (Vale/Universal Latino)
“Alucinado” Tiziano Ferro (EMI Latin)
“Ya No Es Igual” Frankie J (Sony Discos)

Tropical Airplay Track Of The Year, Male:

“Antes (Salsa Remix)” Obie Bermudez (EMI Latin)
“El Tonto Que No Te Olvido” Victor Manuelle (Sony Discos)
“Herida Mortal” Jerry Rivera (Ariola/BMG Latin)
“Si Te Dijeron” Gilberto Santa Rosa (Sony Discos)

Tropical Airplay Track Of The Year, Female:

“Rie Y Llora” Celia Cruz (Sony Discos)
“Hoy” Gloria Estefan (Epic/Sony Discos)
“Seduceme” India (Sony Discos)
“Asi Es La Vida” Olga Tanon (Warner Latina)

Tropical Airplay Track Of The Year, Duo Or Group:

“Se Nos Perdio El Amor” El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico (Combo)
“Ay Amor” Hector & Tito Featuring Victor Manuelle (VI Music)
“Tan Buena” Son De Cali (Univision)
“Loca Conmigo” Los Toros Band (Universal Latino)

Tropical Airplay Track Of The Year, New Artist:

“La Ultima Vez” Magic Juan (J&N)
“Enamorame” Papi Sanchez (J&N)
“Tan Buena” Son De Cali (Univision)
“Intentalo Tu” Joe Veras (J&N)

Regional Mexican Airplay Track Of The Year, Male Solo Artist:

“Quedate Callada” Jorge Luis Cabrera (Disa)
“Vete Ya” Valentin Elizalde (Universal Latino)
“Y Como Quieres Que Te Quiera” Fabian Gomez (Sony Discos)
“Me Canse De Morir Por Tu Amor” Adan Chalino Sanchez (Univision)

Regional Mexican Airplay Track Of The Year, Male Group:

“Te Vas Amor” El Coyote Y Su Banda Tierra Santa (EMI Latin)
“Nomas Por Tu Culpa” Los Huracanes Del Norte (Univision)
“De Uno Y De Todos Los Modos” Palomo (Disa)
“Una Vez Mas” Conjunto Primavera (Fonovisa)

Regional Mexican Airplay Track Of The Year, Female Group or Female Solo Artist:

“Bandido” Ana Barbara (Fonovisa)
“Para Que Me Haces Llorar” Briseyda Y Los Muchachos (Platino/Fonovisa)
“Ay! Papacito (Uy! Daddy)” Limite (Universal Latino)
“Soy Asi” Limite (Universal Latino)

Regional Mexican Airplay Track Of The Year, New Artist:

“Para Que Me Haces Llorar” Briseyda Y Los Muchachos (Platino/Fonovisa)
“Vete Ya” Valentin Elizalde (Universal Latino)
“Otra Vez” Victor Garcia (Sony Discos)
“Y Como Quieres Que Te Quiera” Fabian Gomez (Sony Discos)

Latin Christian/Gospel Album Of The Year:

“Jesus Siempre Llega A Tiempo” Samuel Hernandez (SH)
“Bachata Exitos Cristianos” Jhonny Rafael (Univision/UG)
“Con Poder” Salvador (Word-Curb/Warner Bros.)
“Milagro” Jaci Velasquez (Sony Discos)

Latin Tour Of The Year:

Ricardo Arjona (Sony Discos)
Vicente Fernandez (Sony Discos)
Mana (Warner Latina)
Luis Miguel (Warner Latina)

Hot Latin Tracks Label Of The Year:

EMI Latin
Fonovisa
Sony Discos
Universal Latino

Top Latin Albums Label Of The Year:

EMI Latin
Sony Discos
Universal Latino
Univision Music Group

Latin Pop Airplay Label Of The Year:

BMG Latin
Sony Discos
Universal Latino
Warner Latina

Tropical Airplay Label Of The Year:

BMG Latin
J&N
Sony Discos
Universal Latino

Regional Mexican Airplay Label Of The Year:

Disa
EMI Latin
Fonovisa
Universal Latino

Latin Pop Albums Label Of The Year:

EMI Latin
Sony Discos
Universal Latino
Warner Latina

Tropical Albums Label Of The Year:

Atlantic Group
Sony Discos
Universal Latino
VI Music

Regional Mexican Albums Label Of The Year:

Balboa
Disa
EMI Latin
Univision Music Group

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