ROSELYN SANCHEZ, CARLOS PONCE AND MIGUEL VARONI WILL HOST 2003 BILLBOARD LATIN...

ROSELYN SANCHEZ, CARLOS PONCE AND MIGUEL VARONI WILL HOST 2003 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS

Ricky Martin, Eros Ramazzotti Debut Musical Performances


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Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 1, 2003–Excitement mounts as Telemundo and Billboard announce the hosts of the 2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Actress Roselyn Sánchez, Singer/Actor Carlos Ponce, and Actor Miguel Varoni will present a night of exciting performances, honorable recognitions, and emotional speeches. Ricky Martin and Eros Ramazzotti will delight fans with their new musical productions, as they join the line-up of performers including Chayanne, Thalía, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Pilar Montenegro, Grupo Limite, A.B. Quintanilla III & Kumbia Kings, Alexandre Pires and David Bisbal. The Billboard Latin Music Awards, Latin music’s most prestigious awards shows, will be produced by Telemundo on May 8th at the Miami Arena, and will be broadcast on May 11, beginning at 7:00PM (ET/PT). Tickets to the show are available through Ticketmaster and at the Miami Arena Box Office.

Roselyn Sánchez is a rising, multitalented young performer who has already established herself as one of the leading upcoming young actresses in Hollywood. The former Miss Puerto Rico who played an undercover Secret Service agent in “Rush Hour 2” opposite Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, and acted in “Boat Trip” starring opposite Cuba Gooding Jr., Roger Moore and Vivica A. Fox, can be currently seen at the box office as a New York Socialite on the romantic comedy “Chasing Papi,” and on “Basic,” in which she stars opposite John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Giovanni Ribisi.

Carlos Ponce is renowned as a singer, songwriter, actor and television host and producer. His first musical production went double Platinum in the U.S., topping the Billboard Charts and earning him various recognitions including a Billboard Award for Pop Album of the Year, New Artist. He has acted in various Spanish-language soaps, hosted several television shows, most recently Telemundo’s reality show “Protagonistas de la Música,” and made special appearances in English-language TV shows like “Beverly Hills 90210” and “7th Heaven.” Ponce is now preparing for his cross-over move to the big screen with the film “My Gardener.”

Miguel Varoni is the Colombian actor, director and producer whose leading role as the lovable wannabe Don Juan in the Spanish-language soap “Pedro el Escamoso” shot him to international fame. Varoni has appeared in many Spanish television productions, among the most popular “Los Cuervos,” “La Potra Zaina,” “El Angel de Piedra,” and “Las Juanas,” for which he has been recognized with numerous awards. He will soon be returning to the screens in the sequel to “Pedro el Escamoso” titled “Como Pedro por Su Casa,” which launches on Telemundo May 5 at 8PM ET/PT.

World renowned Eros Ramazzotti, one of the best Italian composers to date will use the Awards as a platform to launch “Una Emoción para Siempre,” the single written by Eros himself for his new release titled simply “9.” Ramazzotti has enthused people around the world with his unique and immediately recognizable voice, and thanks to his recordings in both Italian and Spanish, has become a favorite among Hispanics.

Finally, International superstar Ricky Martin, will take the stage at this year’s Awards to perform, for the first time in public, the song “Tal Vez,” written by Franco de Vita. The track is from Martin’s new CD “Almas del Silencio,” his first all-Spanish-language album in more than five years.

Telemundo, a U.S. Spanish-language television network, is the essential entertainment, news and sports source for Hispanics. Broadcasting unique national and local programming for the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, Telemundo reaches 91% of U.S. Hispanic viewers through its 13 owned and operated stations, more than 30 broadcast affiliates with distribution to more than 425 cable systems in 115 markets. Telemundo is a wholly-owned and operated subsidiary of NBC, the nation’s leading broadcast network.

Now in its 109th year, Billboard magazine is the world’s premier music industry publication. It is read weekly in 110 countries. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music and entertainment issues and trends. Billboard is the flagship property for the Billboard Music Group, which also consists of Airplay Monitor, Amusement Business, Music & Media, Billboard Bulletin, Billboard.com and Billboard Licensing. The Group is a unit of VNU Business Media, a worldwide media company that provides specialized publications, electronically delivered data, expositions and marketing services and is owned by VNU Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Netherlands-based VNU, an international publishing and information company.

MEDIA: For a complete list of finalists, news releases, and downloadable pictures and to apply for press credentials to cover the 2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards, please visit http://www.telemundomv.com.

*Business Wire and Hispanic PR Wire are the official news distribution services of the 2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

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Contacts:

Telemundo

Claudia Santa Cruz

(305) 220-8887

or

Billboard

Barbara Grieninger

(646) 654-4675

ROSELYN SANCHEZ, CARLOS PONCE AND MIGUEL VARONI WILL HOST 2003 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS