Latin Music's Biggest Stars Take Stage at 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards on Telemundo
The longest-running and most prestigious awards show in the Latin music world will be produced and broadcast live by Telemundo on Thursday, April 30 at 7pm/6c from BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida.
The 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm will feature performances by internationally renowned singer Marc Anthony, Pop music icon Luis Fonsi, Urban Latin music sensation Nicky Jam, Mexican music phenomenon Gerardo Ortiz, Cuban rhythmic music duo Gente de Zona, prominent Mexican singer and actor Pedro Fernandez, the princess of Latin Pop Belinda, producer, singer and DJ Juan Magan, and R&B singer Ne-Yo, who join previously announced performances by Jennifer Lopez, Romeo Santos, Juanes, Natalia Jimenez (pictured), AfroJack, Wisin, Daddy Yankee, Carlos Santana, J Balvin, Carlos Vives, Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda, Ana Gabriel, Lucero, Alejandro Sanz, and Roberto Carlos.
The longest-running and most prestigious awards show in the Latin music world will be produced and broadcast live by Telemundo on Thursday, April 30 at 7pm/6c from BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida. The event will also be simulcast live by NBC Universo, the modern general entertainment cable channel for Latinos and a division of NBCUniversal’s Hispanic Enterprises and Content. Viewers can catch every thrilling performance from inside the arena on NBC Universo live through their cable, satellite or Telco provider. Fans can follow the excitement of the star-studded event on Twitter and Instagram @LatinBillboards and Facebook.com/LatinBillboards, and join the conversation using #Billboards2015.
Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, and the biggest-selling salsa artist of all time, Marc Anthony is a 7-time finalist this year. He holds the record for most No. 1s on the Tropical Songs chart, having reached the top 25 times. He earned his most recent No. 1 last year as a feature on Carlos Vives’ "Cuando Nos Volvamos A Encontrar." Also hailing from Puerto Rico, Pop singer Luis Fonsi has enjoyed a career atop the charts that began in 1998, with his first album "Comenzare." Fonsi launched his eighth album last year, titled "8," which debuted at No. 2 on the Top Latin Albums chart on 2014. Urban artist Nicky Jam has taken over the charts with "El Perdon" featuring Enrique Iglesias. The song has been No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs for six weeks, where it remains.
Specializing in Corridos, Gerardo Ortiz is a regional Mexican singer/songwriter who broke through to mainstream success in 2010 with the album "Ni Hoy Ni Mañana" and its numerous hit singles. Ortiz has five No. 1s on the Top Latin Albums chart, most recently with "Archivos De Mi Vida." He also holds five No. 1s on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart. "Eres Una Niña" spent five weeks at No. 1, first peaking in January 2015. With a career spanning more than four decades, Mexican-born Pedro Fernandez has recorded 38 albums, and 21 of his songs have charted on the Hot Latin Songs chart, with five reaching the top 10. Fernandez has appeared in numerous telenovelas, 25 films and won countless awards. He most recently released the self-penned new single "Si Tuviera Que Decirlo," from his latest album "Hasta el Fin del Mundo." Pedro Fernandez is currently a Coach on Telemundo’s highly successful reality music competition "La Voz Kids," now in its third season; and he’ll be hosting the Billboard Latin Music Awards alongside beautiful actress and TV host Gaby Espino.
Cuban sensation duo Gente de Zona continue their smashing success in the US that started in early 2014. On the Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart, they spent 41 weeks at No. 1 as a featured act on "Bailando". The song holds the record for most weeks at No. 1 in the chart's 28-year history. Recently, their single "Yo Quiero" featuring Pitbull reached No. 15 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart. American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor Ne-Yo has placed 29 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including two No. 1s. He last reached the top in 2011 as a feature on Pitbull’s "Give Me Everything," also featuring Afrojack and Nayer. His most recent album "Non-Fiction" debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
A famous child actress in Mexico turned recording artist, Belinda was named the "princess of Latin pop" by Billboard. Her most recent studio album, "Catarsis" opened at No. 2 on Latin Pop Albums in 2013. She has placed four top 10 titles on the chart. World renowned house music Spanish producer, singer and DJ Juan Magan has produced or collaborated on various successful music hits. His single, "Bailando Por El Mundo" featuring Pitbull & El Cata, spent one week atop Hot Latin Songs in 2012, and nine weeks at No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay. This year, Juan Magan’s "Si No Te Quisiera," featuring Belinda & Lapiz Conciente, reached No. 11 on Latin Rhythm Airplay on the Feb. 7 chart.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm will be preceded by the red carpet special "La Alfombra de los Premios Billboard" featuring a constellation of music and TV stars, hosted this year by Telemundo personalities Rashel Diaz, and Boris Izaguirre, with Telemundo influencer Caeli, and fashion commentary by Guest "Fashionista" Christian Ramirez, and Special Guest Kika Rocha.
Also preceding the live simulcast of the 2015 Billboards Latin Music Awards, NBC Universo will air "Premios Billboard: All Access," a thrilling behind-the-scenes look at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards show. This one-hour special will feature one-on-one interviews with finalists and performers of the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards, as well as all the preparation of many top Latin recording artists as they ready for Latin Music's grandest night. As well for the first time "Premios Billboard: All Access" will be taking the audience to the actual Billboard Latin Music Conference for an inside look at where the Music Industry's top executives and artists converge to discuss the music business. "Premios Billboard: All Access" will be hosted by NBC Universo’s Yarel Ramos accompanied by guest correspondent Augusto Valverde.
The awards show will also feature the participation of numerous celebrities as award presenters, including finalists Alexis & Fido, Kevin Ortiz, Luis Coronel and Plan B; Telemundo personalities: Ana Maria Polo of "Caso Cerrado;" Maria Celeste from "Al Rojo Vivo;" and Jorge Bernal from "La Voz Kids" and "Suelta La Sopa"; actors Rafael Amaya and Carmen Villalobos from "EL Señor de los Cielos;" Fabian Rios and Kimberly Dos Ramos from "Tierra de Reyes;" Gabriel Porras from the upcoming telenovela "Bajo el Mismo Cielo"; NBC Universo TV personality Yarel Ramos; NBC’s Today Show host Natalie Morales, singers Mariana Vega, Martha Sanchez, Pedro Capo and Fifth Harmony; musician Arthur Hanlon; and Hollywood actors Eduardo Verastegui, Natalie Martinez and Roselyn Sanchez. Other finalist attending this year’s award ceremony include: Alejandro "Sky" Ramírez, Baby Rasta & Gringo, Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, Banda Tierra Sagrada, Calibre 50, Carlos Paucar, Cartel De Santa, Don Perignon y La Orquesta Puertorriqueña, El Komander, Enrique Iglesias, Horacio Palencia Cisneros, La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho, Pirulo y La Tribu, Tercer Cielo and Zion & Lennox.
See the complete list of performers, special honorees, award presenters and finalists; in addition to exclusive content about this year’s event online at Telemundo.com/PremiosBillboard - the official website of the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm.