Hot Latin stars, sizzling music and celebrity presenters highlighted the Billboard Latin Music Awards Show at Miami Beach’s Jackie Gleason Theater of Performing Arts in Miami Beach, Florida. The Telemundo Network televised the event in the U.S. as a 3-hour special on April 29th, in addition to being broadcast in the Dominican Republic, Peru, Mexico (Televisa), Venezuela, Argentina, Guatemala, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Nicaragua, and throughout other Latin American countries on MGM Latin America, at a later date.
The only show of its kind, the Billboard Latin Music Awards is the annual premier star-studded event, honoring the year’s biggest and brightest stars. This year’s show headlined performances by Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Thalia, Son By Four, Alejandro Fernandez, Ricardo Montaner, Alejandro Sanz, Lupillo Rivera, Banda El Recodo, Luis Fonsi, Paulina Rubio, Gilberto Santa Rosa, MDO, Grupo Limite, Melina Leon and OV7.
Finalists for the awards ceremony are chosen based on their performances on Hot Latin Tracks and The Billboard Latin 50 charts, which comprise airplay and sales. The measuring period for the nominee selection is January 30, 2000 to January 29, 2001.
Presenters, Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz, Jon Secada, Tito Nieves, Willy Chirino, Lissette Alvarez, Charlie Zaa, Laura Bozzo, Giselle, Jerry Rivera, Noelia, Millie Corretjer, Shalim, Carolina Lao, Jose Angel Llamas, Manuela Gonzalez, Ayleen Mujica, Graciela Beltran, Paola Rey, Agmeth Escaf, Victor Mallarino, Catherine Siachoque, Maritza Rodriguez, Jarabe de Palo, Innis, Andres Cantor, Sebastian Sanchez, Ricardo Gonzalez, and Yolanda Rayo handed out awards in 29 categories including Pop, Tropical/Salsa, Regional Mexican, Jazz, Rock and Dance to the following:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR, MALE: “Vivo” Luis Miguel (WEA Latina)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR, GROUP: “Mi Gloria, Eres Tu” Los Tri-O (Ariola/BMG Latin)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR, FEMALE: “Mi Reflejo” Christina Aguilera (RCA/BMG Latin)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR, NEW ARTIST: “Mi Reflejo” Christina Aguilera (Ariola/BMG Latin)
LATIN POP TRACK OF THE YEAR: “A Puro Dolor” Son By Four (Sony Discos)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR, MALE: “El Amor De Mi Tierra” Carlos Vives (EMI Latin)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR, FEMALE: “Alma Caribena-Caribbean Soul” Gloria Estefan (Epic/Sony Discos)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR, GROUP: “Son By Four” Son By Four (Sony Discos)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR, NEW ARTIST: “Son By Four” Son By Four (Sony Discos)
TROPICAL/SALSA TRACK OF THE YEAR: “A Puro Dolor” Son By Four (Sony Discos)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR, MALE: “Secreto De Amor” Joan Sebastian (Musart/Balboa/Caiman)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR, MALE GROUP: “En La Madrugada Se Fue” Los Temerarios (Fonovisa)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR, FEMALE GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: “Por Encima De Todo” Grupo Limite (Universal Latino)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR, NEW ARTIST: “Abrazame Y Besame” Jennifer (EMI Latin)
TRACK OF THE YEAR: “El Liston De Tu Pelo” Los Angeles Azules (Disa/EMI Latin)
HOT LATIN TRACK OF THE YEAR: “A Puro Dolor” Son By Four (Sony Discos)
HOT LATIN TRACK OF THE YEAR, VOCAL DUO: “Que Locura Enamorarme De Ti”
Eddie Santiago Y Huey Dunbar (Sony Discos)
LATIN JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “Latin Soul” Poncho Sanchez (Concord Jazz)
LATIN GREATEST HITS ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “Desde Un Principio-From The
Beginning” Marc Anthony (RMM/Sony Discos)
LATIN COMPILATION ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “2000 Latin Grammy Nominees” Various Artists (Epic/Sony Discos)
LATIN DANCE CLUB PLAY TRACK OF THE YEAR: “Solo Me Importas Tu” Enrique Iglesias (Interscope/Universal Latino)
LATIN ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “MTV Unplugged” Shakira (Sony Discos)
LATIN DANCE MAXI-SINGLE OF THE YEAR: “Solo Me Importas Tu” Enrique Iglesias (Interscope/Universal Latino)
THE BILLBOARD LATIN 50 ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Son By Four (Sony Discos)
HOT LATIN TRACK ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Son By Four (Sony Discos)
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Omar Alfanno
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Rudy Perez
PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR: EMOA, ASCAP
PUBLISHING CORPORATION OF THE YEAR: Sony/ATV Music
Four special awards were also presented at this year’s event. Chicano rock band Los Lobos was honored with a Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding career. Regional Mexican icons Los Tigres Del Norte received the Spirit of Hope Award for their extraordinary contributions to music and music education through their Los Tigres Del Norte Foundation, and legendary percussionist Mongo Santamaria received the Hall of Fame Award for outstanding longtime artistic merit. Latin music pop sensation and novela diva Thalia was also honored with the distinctive Billboard “Premio de la Estrella” award in recognition of her exceptional contributions to the world of Latin music.
In conjunction with the Award Show, BMG US LATIN has released the 2001 “Billboard Latin Music Awards” compilation album, the third of it kinds for Latin music. It showcases many of the top Latin artists nominated from the 2000 calendar year on the Billboard Latin Charts, including top songs from Christina Aguilera, Christian Castro, Marc Anthony, and Rocio Durcal, among others, and is currently available nationwide.