Puerto Rican singer Elvis Crespo has been hospitalised for alcohol-related issues after he was involved in a drunken altercation with a bar manager in San Juan. The Grammy winner allegedly ordered a beer at the Made in Puerto Rico restaurant in the early hours of the morning on 9 July (13), but refused to pay for the drink and tried to kiss the manager, Alexander de Jesus, and his wife.
Police officers were called to the scene after the incident exploded into an argument, but de Jesus declined to press charges and Crespo was later placed under observation at a medical centre in Guayabo.
The 41 year old is now planning to check into rehab to treat his addiction problems, and a statement from the star reads, "What happened early last Tuesday was totally regrettable and shameful. I was wrong and I ask forgiveness of my family and fans. I admit I have a problem with alcohol and that I have to work on it.
"I'm now privately looking for a rehabilitation facility so I can keep going. I'd love to give it all a rewind, but these things happen... God has a plan in this, though, and I will do whatever it takes to keep going. Life is full of things like this."
The Ritmo Latino Music Awards, aka Award of the People, announced the names of 70 nominees Tuesday for its annual acclamations. The nominees were selected based on SoundScan Inc.’s report on record sales from July 1999 to June 2000. Awards will be doled out in 14 categories, including Pop, Ranchero, Regional Mexican, Salsa, Video, Song and Artist of the Year.
You can vote for your favorites from Aug. 9 to Sept. 12 at VONS supermarkets in California, and Ritmo Latino Record Stores throughout the United States.
Among the nominees: Ana Gabriel, Jaci Velasquez and Thalia for Female Pop Artist or Group; Enrique Iglesias, Luis Miguel and Christian Castro for Male Pop Artist or Group; Elvis Crespo, Tony Tun Tun and Manny Manuel for Merengue Artist -- Male or Female; and Enrique Iglesias, Mana and Luis Miguel for Album of the Year.