Durcal to Perform at This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

Shaila Durcal is ready to sing for a massive television audience…

The 37-year-old Spanish Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter has been added to the long list of performers for the 2016 Latin American Music Awards.

Shaila Durcal

Durcal, the daughter of Rocío Dúrcal, released her self-titled album in March 2015.

In addition to Durcal, the fourth and final announcement of performers includes Lila Downs, and Aida Cuevas, who along with Mariachi de Mi Tierra, will pay tribute and honor the late singer Juan Gabriel. The special homage will be produced by Gabriel’s longtime producer and orchestra director, Juan Magallanes.

The new list of performers join previously announced artists including PitbullSofía ReyesFranco de VitaLa Santa CeciliaBecky GNicky JamChocQuibTownMiguelBosé, CNCOGente de Zona and Jesse & Joy.

Banda MS and Yandel lead this year’s nominees with six nods each. Other nominees include J BalvinEnrique Iglesias and Los Plebes de Ariel Camacho. 

The 2016 Latin AMAs are set to take place on October 6 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony, hosted by Mexican singer and actress Lucero, will broadcast live on Telemundo.

de Vita Announces New Fall Tour Dates

Franco de Vita has a busy touring schedule ahead of him…

The 61-year-old Venezuelan Latin Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has announced new fall tour dates in Spain.

Franco de Vita

de Vita will play Bilbao on Oct. 1, followed by consecutive nights in Madrid and Vigo.

de Vita’s tour will first take him to London, where he’ll play the Troxy Theatre on September 26.

The Billboard chart veteran is also set to travel to South America this fall. He’ll perform at Lima’s Jockey Club and Luna Park in Buenos Aires in November.

Click here to find all the tour dates.

Anthony to Perform at the Billboard Latin Music Awards

Marc Anthony won’t just be a favorite at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, he’ll also be a performer.

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, the biggest selling tropical salsa artist of all time, has joined the star-studded list of performers at this year’s upcoming awards ceremony, which includes recent additions Prince Royce and Franco de Vita.

Marc Anthony

The Grammy- and Latin-Grammy winning artist has reached the No. 1 spot on the Tropical Airplay chart 23 times, and has eight No. 1s on the Top Latin Albums chart.

The 15-time finalist last year chose the Billboard Latin Music Awards stage for the worldwide premiere of “Vivir Mi Vida,” which spent 17 weeks at the top of the Hot Latin Songs chart and became his eighth No.1 hit.

Anthony, Prince Royce and de Vita join previously announced performers Laura Pausini, Ricky Martin, David Bisbal, Juanes, Luis Fonsi, La Arrolladora Banda El Limon De Rene Camacho, Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga and 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Andrea Bocelli.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards, the longest-running Latin music awards show, will be broadcast live on Telemundo, Thursday, April 24 at &:00pm ET from the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami.

The complete list of finalists, plus exclusive content on this year’s event, can be found at Telemundo.com/PremiosBillboard.

de Vita to Receive the Prestigious Billboard Hall of Fame Award

It’s the Fame game for Franco de Vita

The 60-year-old Venezuelan singer-songwriter will be feted with the Billboard Hall of Fame Award at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will take place on April 24.

Franco de Vita

The Billboard Hall of Fame Award is reserved for those artists who’ve achieved global recognition for a career that transcends genre and language.

de Vita is being recognized for his perceptive pop/rock ballads that have brought him international acclaim over his three-decade career.

He’s sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, achieving 11 top 10s and one No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.

One of Latin pop’s most revered artists, de Vita became known as the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter of the trio Icaro before launching his solo career.

After a string of hits in the 1980s including “Solo Importas Tu,” “Te Amo,” and “Louis,” his song “No Basta” spent six weeks atop the Hot Latin Songs chart in 1991.

Most recently, “Te Pienso Sin Querer,” featuring Gloria Trevi, peaked at No. 17 on Latin Pop Airplay.

de Vita has also composed hit songs for other artists including pop star Chayanne (“Contra vientos y mareas,” “Y Tú Te Vas” and “Un Siglo Sin Ti”); and Ricky Martin (“A Medio Vivir,” “Vuelve,” and “Tal Vez”). Those collaborative works alone have sold more than 30 million albums around the world.

He’s known for his frequent collaborations with a broad spectrum of artists. He performed “The Good Life” with Tony Bennett on the American crooner’s 2012 Duets album. de Vita’s latest production, Vuelve en Primera Fila (Sony Music Latin) features urban artist Wisin, salsero Victor Manuelle and rising Spanish pop singer India Martinez, among others.

de Vita’s Vuelve en Primera Fila tour will take him to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Chile, Paraguay and Argentina this spring. The Venezuelan leg of the tour, planned for March, was cancelled. “With the hope that my country achieves peace and harmony I hold the firm conviction that we will see each other soon,” The artist announced on his Website.

Jimenez Collaborating with Franco de Vita & Daddy Yankee

Natalia Jimenez could be called the “collaboration queen”…

Following her successful collaborations with Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony, the 30-year-old Spanish singer and former lead singer of La Quinta Estacion recently collaborated with Franco de Vita and Daddy Yankee after making her debut as a judge on a talent program in her native Spain.

Natalia Jimenez

Jimenez taped “Tan solo tu” with De Vita and worked on “La noche de los dos” with Daddy Yankee, a track that will appear on the Puerto Rican reggaeton star’s next album Prestige.

Meanwhile, Jimenez pulled a Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera by participating in the first Season of the El numero uno, alongside Miguel Bose, Ana Torroja, Sergio Dalma and David Bustamant.

Jimenez says the experience of being a judge was “super great” and, at the same time, it gave her more television visibility in her country, which she believes has helped more people to become familiar with her.

So what’s next for Jimenez? Immersing herself in the songwriting process while preparing to launch a new album. In addition, she’s preparing to go on tour to several U.S. cities including Dallas, Chicago and Anaheim, California, as well as in Venezuela.

Espinoza Paz Tops the List of Premios Oye! Nominees…

He’s been proclaimed “the singer-songwriter of the pueblo”… But Espinoza Paz could be called this year’s most influential musician in Mexico.

The 30-year-old Mexican artist has received four nominations for the 10th annual Premio Nacional a la Música Grabada Oye!, which are presented annually by the Academia Nacional de la Música en México for outstanding achievements in the Mexican record industry.

Espinosa Paz

Paz received nods in the Popular Album, Popular Song, Norteño Solo Artist or Group and Banda Solo Artist or Group categories.

But Paz wasn’t the only artist to receive four nods… 43-year-old Mexican rockera Alejandra Guzmán scored the same number of nods.

Meanwhile, Zoé, Joan Sebastian and Calle 13 received three nominations, while Shakira, Cristian Castro, Marco Antonio Solís, Los Tigres del Norte, Franco de Vita, Río Roma and Ha*Ash received two nods each.

Nominations are determined by a jury of approximately 2, 500 experts in the music industry.

The Premio Nacional a la Música Grabada Oye! 2012 awards show will take place on February 9, 2012.

Shakira’s Person of the Year Celebration a Star-Studded Event…

International superstar Shakira is officially this year’s Person of the Year, an award she received from the Latin Recording Academy during a star-studded tribute event last night that included a special performance by the Colombian singer’s father.

Latin music’s brightest stars paid homage to the 34-year-old singer during the event at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay. They performed some of biggest hits, including “La Tortura” and “Estoy Aqui” during the two-hour salute to a career that has spanned decades and crossed international borders.

Shakira delightedly watched artists like Cristian Castro, Franco de Vita, Alejandra Guzman and Gilberto Santa Rosa sing her music and went on stage to hug each one after their performance.

But it was a surprise performance by Shakira’s father William Mebarak that served as the highlight of the night. Mebarak took to the stage mid-way through the event and sang “Mi Niña Bonita” to his daughter.

As Mebarak sang the father-daughter tune often heard at Latino weddings and birthday parties, pictures of him with Shakira, flashed on a screen behind him.

“Thank you, daddy, for that song,” Shakira later told her father in Spanish.

Marc Anthony later presented Shakira with her Person of the Year plaque.

“We are in the presence of one of the most special human beings, one of the most talented human beings you will ever meet,” Anthony said.

Shakira—who has sold more than 60 million albums in Spanish and English—is the youngest person to receive the prestigious award. Previous honorees include Carlos Santana, Gloria Estefan and Julio Iglesias.

“I’ll carry this night with me always,” she declared in Spanish after receiving the award. “It’s an honor that I am not sure I deserve, but you’ve made me very happy.”

She ended the night with a performance of “En Barranquilla me quedo,” a tribute to her hometown originally performed by the late Colombian salsa star Joe Arroyo. During the performance, Shakira lifted up the skirt of her sea foam-colored evening gown as she salsa danced across the stage.

It’s the second event to celebrate Shakira this week. On Tuesday, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

And she could get more recognition before the week is over. Shakira’s up for three awards, including album of the year, at this year’s Latin Grammy Awards, taking place tonight in Las Vegas.

It’s no wonder Shakira—who recently ended an international tour to promote her “Sale el Sol” album—has said that 2011 has been a “year of passion.”

Shakira Tops A Stellar Latin Grammys Lineup…

This year’s Latin Grammy Awards show is shaping up to be a star-studded event with high-octane performances by Puerto Rican superstar act Calle 13, Mexican crooner Marco Antonio Solis and international singing sensation Shakira, who will receive 2011 Person of the Year honors during the telecast.

Calle 13, comprised of Eduardo Cabra and Rene Perez, received a record 10 nominations this year, including nods for Album of the Year for “Entren Los Que Quieren” and Record of the Year for “Latinoamerica.” Solis’ “A Donde Vamos a Parar” is up for Song of the Year, while Shakira’s “Sale el Sol” is nominated for Album of the Year.

But those aren’t the only top-notch acts taking the stage…

The Latin Recording Academy has locked in a duet with Venezuelan troubadour Franco de Vita and Mexican rockera Alejandra Guzman; a special performance by Mexican rock group Mana of the remake of the band’s current singe, “El Verdadero Amor Perdona” with rising star Prince Royce; and a performance newcomer Sie7e.

Meanwhile, Hollywood actress Zoe Saldana and telenovela star Adamari Lopez have been added to the list of award presenters.

The Latin Grammys will be hosted by Mexican singer/actress Lucero and Chilean actor Cristian De la Fuente.

Univision will broadcast the awards show live from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 10.

Calle 13 Tops the List of Latin Grammy Noms…

Puerto Rican urban act Calle 13 has scored a perfect 10… Ten Latin Grammy nominations, that is!


During today’s announcement of nominees for this year’s Latin Grammys at a press conference in Los Angeles, Calle 13 dominated the competition. The hip-hop duo, comprised of step brothers Eduardo Cabra and Rene Perez, racked up a record-breaking 10 nominations, including Album of the Year for their most recent album, “Entren Los Que Quieran” and Song of the Year for their single, “Latinoamerica.”

Other multiple-nominees include music producer/engineer Rafa Arcaute, who scored six nods including a shared nominations with Calle 13 in Producer of the Year category; veteran Venezuelan songwriter Franco De Vita, who received  in five categories; Mexican singer/songwriter Marco Antonio Solis, who garnered four nominations, international superstars Ricky Martin and Shakira each received three nods; and Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel, who scored two nominations.

Meanwhile, the Best New Artist category highlights some rising stars from around the Latin music world: Pablo Alborán (Spain), Max Capote (Uruguay/Argentina), Paula Fernandes (Brazil), Il Volo (Italy), and Sie7e (Puerto Rico).

Click here for the complete list of Latin Grammy nominees in all 46 categories.

The 12th Annual Latin Grammy awards will be handed out on November 10 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The show will be televised live on Univision from 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT.