Marc Anthony, Marco Antonio Solis Among Big Winners at ‘Premio lo Nuestro’...

Marc Anthony, Marco Antonio Solis Among Big Winners at ‘Premio lo Nuestro’ Latin Music Awards

Superstar performers included Ricky Martin, Thalia, and Ricardo Arjona


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Miami, FL,–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–February 27, 2004–World-famous megastar Ricky Martin brought down the house as the sensational opening act of the 2004 “Premio Lo Nuestro a la Música Latina,” which was telecast LIVE from the Miami Arena Thursday night on the Univision Network.

Thousands of passionate fans screamed nonstop while Martin performed the breakout hit from his new Spanish-language album, a Flamenco-style dance tune titled “Jaleo.” Later, Puerto Rican legend Jose Feliciano made a rare appearance to present Martin with the prestigious “Premio a la Excelencia” lifetime achievement award.

Marc Anthony was the night’s biggest winner, with three awards in the categories of Best Salsa Performance, Best Tropical Male Artist, and Best Tropical Song. Marco Antonio Solís, Olga Tañón, Juanes, El General, Kumbia Kings and La Onda followed with two awards each.

A stellar array of Latin music’s hottest recording artists performed live, among them Marco Antonio Solís (winner of Best Male Artist and Best Album in the Regional Mexican genre), Joan Sebastian (Best Banda Performance), Intocable (Best Norteña Performance), India, Thalía, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Montez de Durango, and Akwid. One of the highlights of the evening was renowned singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona’s electrifying medley of two of his biggest hits, “El Problema” and “Minutos.” Arjona won in the Pop Album of the Year category.

In addition, there was a tribute to Latin music greats we lost during 2003, including Celia Cruz, Eulalio González “El Piporro,” and Raúl Vale. Those paying homage with a medley of their most memorable songs were Obie, Angélica Vale, Amaury Gutiérrez, Graciela Beltrán and Pablo Montero.

The evening’s festivities were capped by a show-stopping number by the pop-ballad duo sensation Sin Bandera, who took an unexpected departure from their customary romantic style to team up with hip-hop star El General for a rhythm-packed rendition of their hit song “Sirena.” Sin Bandera won Best Pop Group or Duo.

This year’s list of presenters was a veritable “who’s who” of over 60 of the biggest names in Latin music and Spanish-language television. Among the many Hispanic stars who thrilled fans as they walked down the “Premio Lo Nuestro” red carpet were: José Feliciano, Thalia, Roselyn Sánchez, Conjunto Primavera, Banda El Recodo, Jennifer Peña, Sin Bandera, El General, Ninel Conde, Myrka Dellanos, Graciela Beltrán, Millie Corretjer, Giselle Blondet, Mariana Seaone, Niurka Marcos, Aracely Arámbula, Patricia Velázquez, Lili Estefan, Marlene Favela, Ricardo Alamo, and Eugenio Derbez. The “Red Carpet” portion of the show aired prior to the awards ceremony as a live “Primer Impacto” special titled “Noche de Estrellas” (Night of Stars).

All of the night’s winners in the music genres of Pop, Tropical, Regional Mexican, Rock and Urban were selected by the public through votes placed via http://www.univision.com. Nominations were determined from charts compiled by the prominent industry publication Radio & Records(R).

The “Premio Lo Nuestro” broadcast was hosted by comedian Adal Ramones of Univision’s “Otro Rollo.”

“Premio Lo Nuestro” is the highest-rated television program among Hispanics in the United States. In 2003, it beat all other English or Spanish language TV programs including the Super Bowl.

Following is a complete list of “Premio Lo Nuestro 2004” winners:

POP GENRE

–Album of the Year, Performer–

Santo Pecado, Ricardo Arjona

–Best Male Artist–

Juanes

–Best Female Artist–

Shakira

–Best Group or Duo–

Sin Bandera

–Best New Artist of the Year–

David Bisbal

–Song of the Year, Performer–

Mariposa Traicionera, Maná

ROCK GENRE

–Best Album, Performer–

Libertad, La Ley

–Best Performer–

Jaguares

–Best New Artist of the Year–

Alessandra

TROPICAL GENRE

–Best Album, Performer–

A Puro Fuego, Olga Tañón

–Best Male Artist–

Marc Anthony

–Best Female Artist–

Celia Cruz

–Best Group or Duo–

Bacilos

–Best New Artist–

Son de Cali

–Best Song, Performer–

Barco a La Deriva, Marc Anthony

–Best Merengue Performance–

Olga Tañón

–Best Salsa Performance–

Marc Anthony

–Best Traditional Performance–

Monchy y Alexandra

REGIONAL MEXICANA GENRE

–Best Album, Performer–

Tu Amor o Tu Desprecio, Marco Antonio Solís

–Best Male Artist–

Marco Antonio Solís

–Best Female Artist–

Jennifer Peña

–Best Group or Duo–

Kumbia Kings/Juan Gabriel/El Gran Silencio

–Best New Artist–

La Onda

–Song of the Year, Performer–

No Tengo Dinero, Kumbia Kings/Juan Gabriel/Gran Silencio

–Best Tejano Performance–

La Onda

Palominos

–Best Grupera Performance–

Los Temerarios

–Best Ranchera Performance–

Pepe Aguilar

–Best Banda Performance–

Joan Sebastian

–Best Norteño Performance–

Intocable

URBANA GENRE

–Best Album, Performer–

De Fiesta, El General

–Best Performance–

El General

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

–Song, Artist, Director–

Bonito, Jarabe de Palo, Andre Cruz

Fotografiá, Juanes, Picky Talarico

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Marc Anthony, Marco Antonio Solis Among Big Winners at ‘Premio lo Nuestro’ Latin Music Awards