Olga Tañon, Voltio, Reik, Victor Manuelle and N’Klabe to Perform at 3rd...

Olga Tañon, Voltio, Reik, Victor Manuelle and N’Klabe to Perform at 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports

More Than 850,000 Unique Votes Were Cast This Year, Winners to Be Announced December 5Tickets Now on Sale at Ticketmaster, Proceeds to Benefit the International Kids Fund


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Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–November 15, 2005–Building on its tradition of bringing together the very best in Latino sports and entertainment during its one-of-a-kind Premios Fox Sports, Fox Pan American Sports today announced the addition of music superstars Olga Tanon, Voltio, Reik, Victor Manuelle and N’Klabe to an all-star artist line-up that is sure to make this year’s edition of Premios Fox Sports its most memorable to date. Winners in 13 categories were voted on exclusively by fans and will be crowned, alongside recipients of several special recognitions, during the official 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports awards ceremony to be held December 5, 2005 at the Jackie Gleason Theater of Performing Arts in Miami Beach, Florida.

“Our 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports already is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated events of the year,” said David Sternberg, executive vice president and general manager of Fox Sports en Español. “The addition of these extraordinary performers to this year’s artist line-up and the unprecedented success of our online voting campaign are a testament to the growth and acceptance of Premios Fox Sports year after year.”

Anointed the “Queen of Merengue” by her legion of fans, Olga Tanon is one of the most popular and admired Latin artists of all time. Her numerous hits, among them “Me cambio por ella” and “Es mentiroso,” have achieved platinum status and alongside her latest album, the triple platinum “Siente el amor,” have established her as one of Latin music’s top international artists. Presently, a former Billboard chart-topper and Premios Lo Nuestro award-winner, Olga Tanon continues to be a favorite among merengueros all over the world.

Considered one of the pioneers of the red-hot reggaeton movement, Voltio is one of the most dynamic and influential Latino performers and song-writers of his time. Having recorded his first tracks as far back as 1991, his “Julito Marana” became an instant classic that fused a unique salsa piano tumbao with lyrics warning against the dangers of thug life. The author of megastars Hector and Tito’s hit song, “No te hagas la loca,” Voltio recently released “Voltage A/C” (Sony BMG Latin /White Lion), a slickly produced solo album that combines salsa riffs and an old-school hip-hop feel, while being unmistakably reggaeton. The 27-year-old Voltio, born Julio Ramos, is one of several rappers to appear on “Chosen Few: El Documental,” a CD/DVD that is currently number three on the Billboard charts.

A “Best New Artist” Grammy nominee this year, Reik dominates the radio airwaves in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, and across Central America. Originally from Mexico, the talented pop trio has quickly emerged as one of the most promising and popular groups in the genre among young Latino music enthusiasts. Their first album, which continues to gain momentum in Mexico and the United States, already has achieved Platinum status with sales in excess of over 100,000 in Mexico.

One of the most accomplished young talents of the 1990s, Puerto-Rican born salsero Victor Manuelle has released nearly a dozen albums to date with total record sales in excess of one million. His first album “Justo a tiempo” was released in 1993, and since then the Billboard chart-topping artist has struck gold with albums “A pesar de todo” and “Ironias,” while his self-titled album achieved triple gold status. Discovered by Gilberto Santa Rosa, Victor Manuelle has emerged as one of the leading salsa singers of this generation.

Made up of talented young artists, up-and-coming orchestral group N’Klabe is credited with bringing a fresh and new energy to the tropical music genre. Over the years, they have shared the stage with big-name salseros including Gilberto Santa Rosa, El Gran Combo, and Victor Manuelle, and recently released a special edition of their “I love Salsa!” album featuring some of the most notable Latin music acts, among them Jose Feliciano, Rey Ruiz, Voltio, Luisito Carrion, and Brenda K. Starr. Their “Amor de una noche,” the second single from their latest album, recently dethroned Don Omar’s chart-topping “Ella y yo” and is now amidst a six week reign atop BDS’ tropical hits list and has re-defined salsa as “Urban Salsa.”

Upon conclusion of online voting October 31, nearly 850,000 Yahoo! users had cast their vote at premiosfoxsports.com, representing a 300 percent increase from last year.

In addition to serving as the voting hub, the official site of Premios Fox Sports provides access to up-to-date information surrounding the event and background on nominees and artists, including photos and videos from last year’s show. The site is hosted throughout the Yahoo! Spanish-language network, including Yahoo! Mexico, Yahoo! Argentina and Yahoo! en Español.

Tickets for the 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports are now on sale through Ticketmaster. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the International Kids Fund, a charitable entity part of the Jackson Memorial Hospital Foundation which seeks to provide life-saving medical care to needy children from Latin America and the Caribbean who suffer from life-threatening illnesses.

The 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports, which will air in January 2006, will bring together sports and mainstream celebrities to honor the contributions and achievements of Latino athletes and personalities from a variety of sports, including soccer, basketball, motor sports, tennis and boxing. Recording artist and former Sabado Gigante on-air personality Sissi will host the show, alongside Mexican actor Jaime Camil. The show will be broadcasted in the United States on Fox Sports en Español and throughout the Spanish-speaking Americas on Fox Sports Latin America.

About Fox Pan American Sports

Fox Pan American Sports LLC is an international sports programming and production entity jointly owned by Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst and News Corporation’s (NYSE:NWS) Fox Sports International.

About Yahoo! en Español Deportes Fox Sports en Español

In May 2004, Yahoo! en español — a Spanish-language Internet, communications, commerce and media service — partnered with Fox Pan American Sports (FPAS) — one of the world’s largest Spanish-language sports television companies — to form a co-branded sports site. Yahoo! Deportes (http://deportes.yahoo.com) offers comprehensive Spanish-language sports coverage, including exclusive streaming video of marquee regional soccer tournaments (e.g., the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana), real time, on-demand statistics and sports news.

Olga Tañon, Voltio, Reik, Victor Manuelle and N’Klabe to Perform at 3rd Annual Premios Fox Sports