Latin music’s most prestigious awards show, the Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm, is an annual event honoring the top performers of the year in Latin music. Produced and broadcast LIVE in HD by Telemundo from The BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida, this is a star-studded event that will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Past performers and participants include: Carlos Santana, Marc Anthony, Shakira, Juanes, Miguel Bose, Alicia Keys, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Don Omar, Paulina Rubio, Nelly Furtado, David Bisbal, Jessica Simpson, Arturo Sandoval, Luis Fonsi, Celine Dion, Larry Hernandez, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Alejandro Fernandez, Cristian Castro, Elvis Crespo, Prince Royce, Pilar Montenegro, Julio Iglesias, Los Tigres Del Norte, Mana, Wycleff Jean, Ricardo Montaner, Daddy Yankee, P. Diddy, Lupillo Rivera, Alejandro Sanz, Thalia, Marco Antonio Solis, Jaci Velasquez, Celia Cruz, Tito Nieves, Tito Puente, Jon Secada, Chayanne, Lucero, Wisin & Yandel, Calle 13 and RBD.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin Music, as determined by the actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts during a one-year period from the issue dated February 4, 2012 through this year’s January 26, 2013 issue. Based on album and digital track sales data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan, monitored radio information and streaming data provided by Nielsen BDS and social media data provided by Next Big Sound, Billboard’s rankings are the world’s most authoritative music charts. Finalists, and the eventual winners, reflect performance of new recordings on Billboard’s album and track sales charts, including Top Latin Albums and Latin Digital Songs, radio charts, including Latin Airplay, and streaming and social charts such as On-Demand Songs, Streaming Songs and Social 50.
Also presented on the show are Billboard’s prestigious discretionary awards including The Spirit of Hope Award for humanitarian contributions and the Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Previous winners of Billboard’s discretionary awards include: Intocable, Marc Anthony, Soraya, Banda El Recodo, Willy Chirino, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernandez, Shakira, Mongo Santamaria, Jose Feliciano, Los Tigres Del Norte, Mana, Ricky Martin, Tito Puente, Olga Tañon, Ricardo Montaner, Miguel Bose, Conjunto Primavera, Juanes, Daddy Yankee, Carlos Santana, Los Temerarios, and Emmanuel.
The awards show caps off the 24th annual Billboard Latin Music Conference presented by State Farm. The event, taking place on April 23 - 25 at the JW Marriot Marquis in Miami, Florida, unites today’s top Latin music artists and key Latin music industry influencers for informative panel discussions, live music showcases, networking opportunities, The Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards, and The Billboard Bash – a pre-Billboard Latin Music Awards party featuring performances by some of this year’s finalists. For details on The Billboard Latin Music Conference, visit: www.BillboardLatinConference.com.
Billboard is the world’s most influential music brand reaching key executives and tastemakers in and around the music business through Billboard magazine, Billboard.biz <http://www.billboard.biz/>, Billboard Conferences, Billboard Bulletin, and other targeted newsletters, and millions of music fans through Billboard.com <http://www.billboard.com/>, BillboardenEspanol.com <http://www.billboardenespanol.com/> and Billboard Events. The Billboard brand is built on its exclusive charts and unrivaled reporting on the latest news, issues and trends across all genres of music. Billboard charts and content are consumed and referenced by millions of people in more than 100 countries through a content syndication deal with a global news network, and strategic relationships with other major companies around the world. In addition to North America, Billboard operates businesses in Brazil, Japan, Korea and Russia. Billboard is owned by Prometheus Global Media, which resides under the newly formed Guggenheim Digital Media, a diversified company with leading assets in the media and entertainment arenas, including: Music (Billboard and its related conferences, events, and awards shows such as The Billboard Music Awards on ABC, and The Billboard Latin Music Awards on Telemundo), Entertainment (The Hollywood Reporter, Backstage, ShowEast, CineAsia, and CineEurope); and Advertising & Marketing (Adweek, Adweek Conferences and The CLIO Awards).
Telemundo Media, a division of NBCUniversal, is a world-class media company, leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. Telemundo’s multiple platforms include the Telemundo Network, a Spanish-language television network featuring original productions, theatrical motion pictures, news and first-class sports events, reaching U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through its 14 owned stations and its broadcast and cable affiliates; mun2, the preeminent voice for young Hispanics in the U.S. reaching TV households nationwide on digital and analog cable, and satellite; Telemundo Digital Media, which distributes Telemundo’s original content across digital and emerging platforms including mobile devices, www.telemundo.com and www.mun2.tv; an owned and operated full power station in Puerto Rico that reaches 99% of all TV households in that DMA; and Telemundo Internacional, the international distribution arm which has positioned Telemundo as the second largest provider of Spanish-language content worldwide by syndicating content to more than 100 countries in over 35 languages.