Latin Grammys Announce 2002 Date, Venue

The 3rd Annual Latin Grammy® Awards will be held on September 18, 2002 and be broadcast domestically by the CBS Television Network, it was announced Thursday by Recording Academy® and Latin Recording Academy® President/CEO Michael Greene.

The show–which will feature performances from some of the genre’s biggest artists–will originate from Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, Calif. The Latin Recording Academy also has added two new award categories this year, Best Contemporary Tropical Album, and Best Christian Album, bringing the total to 41 categories. Nominations for the Latin Grammy Awards are expected to be announced in July.

“Along with the world, the Latin Recording Academy has had a year that’s tested its perseverance, as well as its dedication to celebrating music as passionately as it has since LARAS first started three years ago,” said Greene.

“From coming together to raise funds for New York rescue workers just three days after their own show had to be cancelled, to working diligently to stay relevant by adding two more award categories, the steadfast membership of almost 4,000 music makers from all over the world has a new sense of unity and purpose–to let the world know the 3rd Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be a spectacular worldwide celebration!

“We thank Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn, Tim Leiweke and the folks at Kodak Theatre, and our terrific partners at CBS–especially Leslie Moonves–for helping to ensure that the Latin Grammy Awards will be a truly amazing, meaningful event for our nominees, members and our audience.”

“Los Angeles was the birthplace of the Latin Grammys, and I look forward to continuing to host the event in this great city, best known as the entertainment capital of the world,” said Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn.

The 3rd Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be broadcast domestically by CBS from 9-11 p.m. (ET/PT). The network also will distribute the show internationally through CBS Broadcast International, providing the show to an estimated 120 countries. The 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards marked the first time a largely Spanish-language program was aired in prime time in the U.S., and its successful reach, prestige value and unique musical content was a powerful addition to the network’s offerings.

“It once again is our privilege to broadcast the Latin Grammy Awards,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS.

“This event reaffirms our commitment to the Latin Recording Academy, to diversity and to the best in entertainment programming. After the tragic events of last year which forced us to cancel the Latin Grammy broadcast, we are thrilled to be back with another show featuring some of the world’s most exciting music and performers.”

“Kodak Theatre, one of America’s premier showplaces and Hollywood’s newest attraction, truly is the perfect showplace for an important and prestigious awards show such as the Latin Grammys,” said Timothy J. Leiweke, President, AEG, which operates Kodak Theatre. “The intimacy of the theater–as well as the spectacular sight lines and sound–will make this an incredible evening of music for our guests and the worldwide audience.”

The 3rd Annual Latin Grammy Awards is a Recording Academy event produced in association with Cossette Productions. Pierre and John Cossette are executive producers; Ken Ehrlich is producer/writer; Walter Miller is producer/director; and Tisha Fein is coordinating producer.