December 29, 2000

Premio Lo Nuestro Adds 13 New Categories To Award Ceremony

In its on-going drive to continue strengthening the already significant influence of the nation's longest-standing Latin music awards, Spanish-language Univision Network has added 13 new categories to its annual "Premio Lo Nuestro A La Música Latina."

The event will air live, from Miami's James L. Knight Convention Center, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, 8-11 pm/7-10 pm Central. For the first time ever, the 13th annual Premio Lo Nuestro will recognize excellence in the area of Latin Rock, a musical genre that has been gaining in popularity throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Two awards will debut in that category: Best Album and Best Performance.

The show's producers have also added new awards for Best Ranchera Performance, Best Grupera Performance, Best Tejana Performance, Best Norteña Performance, Best Merengue Performance, Best Salsa Performance, Best Traditional Music Performance and Best Mexican Band.

Although produced by Univision, Premio Lo Nuestro winners are chosen independently by Hispanic radio programmers from across the country. Beginning this January, viewers also will have a say in how some awards are given. By either calling a soon-to-be-set-up toll-free number or visiting the network's recently launched website,, fans will be allowed to vote for their favorite Pop, Tropical and Mexican Regional artists.

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