The 2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards are moving to the 16,000-capacity Miami Arena and will be open to the public for the first time. The event, to be held May 8, will be produced and broadcast by Te

The 2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards are moving to the 16,000-capacity Miami Arena and will be open to the public for the first time. The event, to be held May 8, will be produced and broadcast by Telemundo. The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales and radio airplay data that informs Billboard's weekly charts during a one-year period from the issue dated February 16, 2002 through this year's February 8 issue.

The awards will come at the conclusion of the 2003 Billboard Latin Music Conference, presented by Heineken in association with Garnier Fructis and running May 5-8 at Miami's Eden Roc Resort. On May 7 at BillboardLive, the conference will play host to the first-ever Billboard Bash, which will feature awards presentations and performances by a host of Billboard Latin Music Awards finalists.

"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Telemundo to make the 2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards show bigger and better than ever before," Billboard Music Group vice president Howard Appelbaum says. "Together, we are deeply committed to the single purpose of creating the world's premier Latin music show."

For the second year, the awards ceremony will be simulcast by the Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation, which boasts a network of 60 stations in 15 markets.

At last year's awards, held at Miami's Jackie Gleason Theatre, veteran Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel took home four honors, while Manu Chao, Lupillo Rivera, and Marc Anthony won two each.

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