The annual Billboard Latin Music Awards are scheduled to take place April 26 at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami.
The annual Billboard Latin Music Awards are scheduled to take place April 26 at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami. Coinciding with the ceremony is the release of the primarily pop Billboard Latin Music Awards—2001, which spotlights many of this year's nominees. The set opens with Christina Aguilera's "Pero Me Acuerdo de Tí," a good example of Latin music's trend toward more contemporary arrangement and delivery. Other standouts are Luis Miguel's "La Bikina," from his nominated live album, Vivo; Carlos Vives' "19 de Noviembre," a new track with a nostalgic sound; and what many consider to be the song of the year, "A Puro Dolor," here in Son by Four's tropical version. The best of the lot, though, is Paulina Rubio's Estéfano-penned "Lo Haré por Tí," an edgy, catchy, totally fresh romp that's helped the singer's eponymous disc amass sales of nearly 2 million copies worldwide. Conspicuously absent, save for a Temerarios ballad, is regional Mexican music.—LC