Spain's only national music awards gala gained a slightly better TV audience than last year, after the winners of the 13th Premios de la Música were announced two weeks before the ceremony.

The unprecedented decision to reveal the winners in advance of the gala was taken to improve attendance by artists and, as a result, viewing figures, said Tato Luzardo, director of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Music. The Academy organizes the Premios on behalf of the SGAE collecting society and the AiE artists association.

As last year, the gala was televised 24 hours after the March 12 event on public network La 2. Its audience share during the 10pm to 12.30am transmission averaged 2.4% and 363,000 viewers watched the transmission, up 7.4% on the 338,000 last year. The average viewing figures for La 2 on a weekly basis are between 4%-5% of the audience share.

This year's event was held in the western city of Badajoz, following visits to Córdoba and Valladolid in the three years since the decision was taken to stage the gala outside Madrid. The main star to appear - though he did not perform - was singer Miguel Bosé, who won the best tour award for his two-year long Papitour, which promoted his multi-platinum 2007 winning Warner album "Papito."

Bosé has won many awards in his 32-year career, and when asked how important this prize was, he said "Well, it's the first award I've won since the Bush era".

Live performances included pop duo Nena Daconte, flamenco singer Carmen Linares, pop group Los Secretos, Catalan rumba artist Peret, and duets by Russian Red and Depedro, and Cristina Rosenvinge and Nacho Vegas. But the closing performance by Barcelona band the Pinker Tones, who have played in the United States, showed they are arguably the best act in the current Spanish music scene.

Nearly all the 28 category winners attended the gala, which was the main aim of announcing the winners in advance. Among those who did not show up were singer Sergio Dalma and flamenco-soul singer Pitingo, who had performed thousands of miles away 48 hours earlier at the Premios Dial music award gala in Tenerife, in the Spanish Canary Islands. Pop duo Amaral, who won prizes at both galas, were present in both Tenerife and Badajoz.

Also present in the Premios de la Música gala was Madrid indie alternative pop band Vetusta Morla, which won three awards - the only candidate to win more than one prize.

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