EL PREMIO DE LA GENTE, RITMO LATINO MUSIC AWARDS 2002; VONS CONFIRMS...

EL PREMIO DE LA GENTE, RITMO LATINO MUSIC AWARDS 2002; VONS CONFIRMS ITS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR AS A SPONSOR; KODAK THEATRE: OUR NEW HOME IN HOLLYWOOD

A Tribute to Marcos Witt for His Contribution to Christian Music


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LOS ANGELES–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 14, 2002–El Premio LLC announced today the nominees for the Fourth Annual El Premio de la Gente(R), Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R) 2002. This is the only music award in the Hispanic entertainment industry that allows fans across the nation to decide their favorite artists. The awards are considered to be the award of the people.

With more than two thousand retail voting affiliates across the United States and with the option to select their favorite artists via the Internet, El Premio de la Gente(R), Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R) is the preeminent Hispanic music awards reaching millions of music lovers all over the world.

This year, the awards will be presented on October 25th in the heart of Hollywood at the high-tech Kodak Theatre and telecast this fall on the Telemundo Network. The event will unite the most venerated Hispanic musical talent and highlight the hottest artists in the entertainment industry in a spectacular evening.

The Categories

With 14 categories divided into Pop, Rock en Español, Ranchero, Tejano or Norteno, Regional Mexican and tropical for starters, heavy weight artists like Luis Miguel, Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Joan Sebastian, Marc Anthony, Alejandra Guzman, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Celia Cruz, La Ley, Carlos Vives and Lupillo Rivera will compete for the honor that will crown them as the ultimate favorites of the people.

For the first time in the history of El Premio de la Gente(R), Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R) there will be special recognition given to the Christian Artist of the Year with a special tribute to Marcos Witt and his contribution to Spanish language Christian music.

For the first time, the organization will present the “Estrellas de la Gente” (Stars of the People), an honor for the international Mexican group that has garnered outstanding praise and popularity over the past twenty years among Latinos in the United States, Los Tigres del Norte.

2002

NOMINATIONS

SOLISTA O GRUPO POP DEL AÑO FEMENINO

Female Pop Artist or Group of the Year

LAURA PAUSINI

Lo Mejor de Laura Pausini

PILAR MONTENEGRO

Desahogo

ALEJANDRA GUZMAN

Soy

OLGA TAÑON

Yo Por Ti

JACI VELAZQUEZ

Mi Corazon

SOLISTA O GRUPO POP DEL AÑO MASCULINO

Male Pop Artist or Group of the Year

ALEJANDRO SANZ

MTV Unplugged

CHARLIE ZAA

De Un Solo Sentimiento

LUIS MIGUEL

Mis Romances

ALEXANDRE PIRES

Alexandre Pires

GIPSY KINGS

Somos Gitanos

SOLISTA O GRUPO RANCHERO O CORRIDOS DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Ranchero or Corridos Artist or Group of the Year – Male or Female

ALICIA VILLARREAL

Soy Lo Prohibido

LOS TEMERARIOS

Baladas Rancheras

LUPILLO RIVERA

Sufriendo A Solas

LOS RAZOS DE SACRAMENTO Y REYNALDO

Corazon De Perico

PEPE AGUILAR

Lo Mejor De Nosotros

SOLISTA O GRUPO TEJANO O NORTENO DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Tejano or Norteno Artist or Group of the Year – Male or Female

EL PODER DEL NORTE

El Autentico Y Unico En Vivo

PALOMO

Fuerza Musical

LOS TUCANES DE TIJUANA

Las Romanticas De Los Tucanes De Tijuana

LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE

Uniendo Fronteras

LOS HURACANES DEL NORTE

Mensaje De Oro

SOLISTA O GRUPO MUSICA REGIONAL MEXICANA DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Regional Mexican Artist or Group of the Year Male or Female

Artista: JOAN SEBASTIAN

En Vivo: Desde La Plaza El Progreso de Guadalajara

Artista: GRUPO BRINDIS

Historia Musical Romantica

LIBERACION

Ahora Y Siempre

LOS ANGELES AZULES

Historia Musical

EL CHICHICUILOTE

Moviendo Las Plumas

SOLISTA O GRUPO TROPICAL DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Tropical Artist or Group of the Year – Male or Female

GILBERTO SANTA ROSA

Intenso

OLGA TAÑON

Yo Por Ti

CARLOS VIVES

Dejame Entrar

MARC ANTHONY

Libre

CELIA CRUZ

La Negra Tiene Tumbao

SOLISTA O GRUPO DE MUSICA CRISTIANA DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Christian Artist or Group of the Year – Male or Female

MARCOS WITT

Vivencias

DANILO MONTERO

Cantare de Tu Amor

RABITO

Viva la Vida

ANNETTE MORENO

El Amor Que Me Das

ROBERTO ORELLANA

Fusion

SOLISTA O GRUPO DE ROCK EN ESPAÑOL DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Rock en Español Artist or Group of the Year – Male or Female

LA LEY

MTV Unplugged

OZOMATLI

Embrace The Caos

JUANES

Un Dia Normal

LA MOSCA TSE-TSE

Buenos Muchachos

ALEJANDRA GUZMAN

Soy

TV y Novelas

ARTISTA NUEVA GENERACION DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

New Artist of the Year — Male or Female

PATRICIA MANTEROLA

PILAR MONTENEGRO

LOS RAZOS DE SACRAMENTO Y REYNALDO

LOS ORIGINALES DE SAN JUAN

MELODY

VIDEO MUSICAL DEL AÑO

Music Video of the Year

SUERTE

SHAKIRA

Director: Francis Lawrence

LA VIDA NO ES IGUAL

JAGUARES

Director: Adolfo Davila

DEJAME AMARTE

INTOCABLE

Director: Benny Corral

ESCAPAR

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS

Director: Dave Meyers

DEJAME ENTRAR

CARLOS VIVES

Director: Oscar Azula

COMPOSITOR DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Composer of the Year — Male or Female

HASTA QUE VUELVAS CONMIGO

MARC ANTHONY

Compositor: Gian Marco — Marc Anthony

EL PRIMER TONTO

JOAN SEBASTIAN

Compositor: Joan Sebastian

TANTITA PENA

ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZ

Compositor: Kiko Campos — F. Riba

DEJAME ENTRAR

CARLOS VIVES

Compositor: C.Vives — M. Madera — A. Castro

VOLVERE JUNTO A TI

LAURA PAUSINI

Compositor: Pausini — Cheope

CANCION DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Song of the Year — Male or Female

QUITAME ESE HOMBRE

PILAR MONTENEGRO

EL PRIMER TONTO

JOAN SEBASTIAN

HASTA QUE VUELVAS CONMIGO

MARC ANTHONY

APRENDIZ

ALEJANDRO SANZ

FLOR SIN RETONO

CHARLIE ZAA

ALBUM DEL AÑO

Album of the Year

LIBRE

MARC ANTHONY

Productores: Marc Anthony / Juan A. Gonzalez

De Un Solo Sentimiento

CHARLIE ZAA

Productores: Charlie Zaa

EN VIVO: DESDE LA PLAZA EL PROGRESODE GUADALAJARA

JOAN SEBASTIAN

Productores: Joan Sebastian

MTV UNPLUGGED

ALEJANDRO SANZ

Productor: Humberto Gatica / Kenny O’Brien

Mis Romances

LUIS MIGUEL

Productor: Luis Miguel

ARTISTA DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Artist of the Year — Male or Female

LAURA PAUSINI

ALEXANDRE PIRES

ALICIA VILLARREAL

PILAR MONTENEGRO

LA LEY

Voting Process

All music fans are invited to participate in the voting process. The voting begins on August 15th through September 23d. The nominees are selected based on the total sales from November 1, 2001, to May 31, 2002 at the Ritmo Latino music stores.

With over two thousand locations available, faithful music followers may cast their ballots at any Southern California or Nevada VONS, RITMO LATINO music stores, Albertsons, Jewel, Sedano’s, Bravo, C-Town and Acme. Voters may also vote from home via the Internet by logging onto www.premiosritmo.com. Besides choosing who your favorite artists are, the site offers access to artist news, audio clips, video feeds, trivia questions and merchandise. Comova.com has designed the site. Media outlets are encouraged to log onto the site “Acera de EL PREMIO” (about El Premio) for additional information. Nominated artists can motivate their fans to vote for them through their own official websites. Candidates will have a special link to www.premiosritmo.com where they can cast their ballots. This year Terra Lycos has partnered with El Premio de la Gente.

Parallel 68 Degrees Communications, one of the most prominent auditing firms will be in charge of processing and tabulating the ballots and will submit the final results in sealed envelopes to Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R), El Premio de la Gente(R).

Sponsors

The Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R), El Premio de La Gente(R), is made possible thanks to the support of such respected companies such as Vons, Albertsons, Krasdale, Sedano’s, Nestle, the Telemundo Network, KVEA channel 52 a Los Angeles subdivision of Telemundo, the daily newspaper La Opinion, Radio Unica, Viva 107.1 FM.

“Our purpose is to create an unmatched event for Latin music enthusiasts,” asserts Luis Medina, Executive Producer of the Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R). “We are extremely proud to acknowledge that this is the only high caliber celebration in the industry that gives the power of election solely to the consumers.”

El Premio de la Gente(R), Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R) is produced by Uno Productions, Santa Fe Communications and Ritmo Latino Stores.

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CONTACT:

TPM Group

Victoria Lichtman, 310/276-8944, ext. 12

EL PREMIO DE LA GENTE, RITMO LATINO MUSIC AWARDS 2002; VONS CONFIRMS ITS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR AS A SPONSOR; KODAK THEATRE: OUR NEW HOME IN HOLLYWOOD