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Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan and Olga Tanon will lead a tribute to the late Celia Cruz during tomorrow's (Sept. 3) fourth annual Latin Grammy Awards.Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan and Olga Tanon will lead a tribute to the late Celia Cruz during tomorrow's (Sept. 3) fourth annual Latin Grammy Awards. Also taking part in the homage will be Arturo Sandoval, India, Victor Manuelle, El General and the Fania All-Stars. The latter has traditionally comprised some of salsa's biggest artists, and currently includes Willie Colon, Oscar D'Leon, Johnny Pacheco and Roberto Roena.
"Celia Cruz was a matriarch of Latin music and one of the most endearing personalities to grace the music world," Latin Recording Academy president Gabriel Abaroa says in a statement. "Her spirit has imbued this tribute with a sense of purpose -- these talented artists jumped at the opportunity to perform in honor of our 'Salsa Queen.'" Cruz died July 16 of a brain tumor at the age of 77.
Also joining the performance lineup for the Latin Grammys is David Bisbal. Newly confirmed presenters are artists Jose Feliciano, Natalie Lafourcade and Daniela Mercury, as well as actor/recording artist Pablo Montero, actor Edward James Olmos, and Miami Heat president/head coach Pat Riley.
As previously reported, the show will also feature performances by Ricky Martin, Thal&3237;a, Black Eyed Peas and Juanes, A.B. Quintanilla III and the Kumbia Kings with Banda El Recodo, Alexandre Pires and Kelly Clarkson, the Tribalistas, Bacilos and Molotov.
Producer/songwriter Sergio George leads the field with six Latin Grammy nominations. Actor/comedian George Lopez will host the show, which will be broadcast live from Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena on CBS beginning at 9 p.m. ET (tape delayed PT).