Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 2, 2007–Azteca América presented Los Ganadores de la Gente, a special that showcased the best of El Premio de la Gente from 1999 until 2007. The event, produced by UNO Productions, was hosted by E! Entertainment star Daisy Fuentes and Azteca América’s actor Omar Germenos. The winners of the music and sports categories of 2007 were also announced.
RBD won Pop Group of the Year. Boxing sensation Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. was voted Most Popular Boxer of the Year and singer Belinda was named New Artist of the Year. A complete list of winners can be found at the conclusion of this release.
The two-and-a half hour special also showcased past special tributes to, among others, music legend Celia Cruz. Her 2003 tribute, presented by Juan Gabriel, was accepted by her husband Pedro Knight. The special also included a 2000 tribute to Joan Sebastian presented by Marco Antonio Solís “El Buki” and composer and singer Antonio Aguilar, as well as the presentation of a special award to Spanish singer Miguel Bosé. Special recognitions for Renán Almendárez Coello “El Cucuy” in 2004 and to Eddie “El Piolín” Sotelo in 2005 were also included on the show. The special also showcased a presentation of the 2001 edition of El Premio de la Gente. “Voces Cristianas,” led by Mexican singer Yuri, performed a song about love and hope.
“Azteca América is proud to offer its audience the best of the last seven years of Los Ganadores de la Gente,” said Adrián Steckel, the network’s President and CEO. “El Premio de la Gente is important for Azteca América because it’s the fans who chose the most outstanding artists and athletes of 2007.”
Fans of Latino celebrities have chosen the winners of El Premio de la Gente for seven years. In 2007 and due to viewers’ requests, the organization added sports categories. Fans voted from October 14 to November 14 of 2007 on http://www.elpremio.tv.
Azteca América also announced “El Reto de la Gente,” a trivia contest. Fans will be able to play via SMS (text message) by sending the word “premio” to 55225; or by visiting http://www.elpremio.tv and answering music and sports questions about their favorite celebrities. The grand prize is a “convivio’ (meet & greet) with Daisy Fuentes plus an all-expense trip paid to Los Angeles. Other winners will receive Nano iPods. Participants will be able to play from December 2 to January 1, 2008. Visit www.elpremio.tv for further details.
About Azteca América
Azteca América is the alternative choice in broadcast television for Spanish speaking families residing in the United States. As the fastest-growing Hispanic network, Azteca América now reaches 89% of the Hispanic households in the U.S., operating in sixty markets nationwide. Wholly owned by Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca, S.A. de C.V, Azteca América has access to the best programming from TV Azteca’s three national networks including a library with over 200,000 hours of original programming and news from local bureaus in 32 Mexican states. The network compliments Mexican programming with an innovative line-up of shows from international producers and distributors to ensure the finest programming to Spanish speaking viewers and unique advertising solutions to partners seeking to reach the most dynamic market in the country.
About UNO Productions
Founded by entertainment industry pioneer and producer Luis Medina, UNO Productions provides companies with a valuable link to Latin communities, helping them to expand into the multi-billion dollar Latin consumer market. UNO has become the foremost authority in the Latin music marketplace, providing promotional campaigns for nearly every major record label including Sony Disco, EMI Latin, WEA Latina, Arista, BMG, Atlantic, and Interscope. During the course of its 17 year history, UNO has gained the confidence of many international superstars including Julio Iglesias, Paul Simon, Enrique Iglesias and Placido Domingo. In addition, UNO has extended the range of its clientele to include some of America’s largest corporations, including Target, Mervyns, Clairol and a collaboration with The Miller Brewing Company that produced the enormously successful Sólo con Invitación (By Invitation Only) contests for Miller Genuine Draft and Al Punto Advertising. UNO is the official production company of El Premio de la Gente (R) for the 8th consecutive year.
LIST OF WINNERS OF LOS GANADORES DE LA GENTE 2007
— Pop Artist or Group of the Year – RBD (Album: Celestial)
— Most Popular Baseball Player of the Year – Alex Rodriguez (Team: New York Yankees)
— Regional Mexican Artist or Group of the Year – Alicia Villareal (Album: Orgullo de Mujer)
— Most Popular Team of the Year – San Antonio Spurs (Sport: Basketball)
— New Artist of the Year – Belinda (Album: Utopia)
— Athlete of the Year – Emmanuel Ginóbili (Team: San Antonio Spurs)
— Tropical Artist or Group of the Year – Olga Tañon (Album: Soy Como Tú)
— Most popular Boxer of the Year – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
— Artist of the Year – Shakira (Album: Fijación Oral)
— Most Popular Soccer Team of the Year – LA Galaxy (City: Los Angeles, CA)
— Album of the Year – Fijación Oral (Interpreter: Shakira)
— Most Popular Basketball Player of the Year – Emmanuel Ginóbili (Team: San Antonio Spurs)
— Song of the Year – Pam Pam – Wisin & Yandel (Producers: Hectór Luis Delgado, Juan Luis Morera Luna, Uandel Veguilla Malave, Marco E. Masis)
— Most Popular International Soccer Team of the Year – Brasil (Confederación Brasilera de Fútbol)
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