Two of Latin music's biggest stars, Marco Antonio Solís and Juan Luis Guerra, will receive special honors at the 2005 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 28 at the Miami Arena.

Two of Latin music's biggest stars, Marco Antonio Solís and Juan Luis Guerra, will receive special honors at the 2005 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 28 at the Miami Arena.

Solís, whose most recent album, "Razón de Sobra," debuted last fall at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, will receive the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award. He's the top finalist for this year's Billboard Latin Music Awards, competing in eight categories.

Guerra will be honored with the Spirit of Hope Award for his work with the Juan Luis Guerra y 4.40 Foundation, which provides medical assistance to the poor in his native Dominican Republic. Guerra is also a multiple finalist, vying for three prizes for his album "Para Tí" and single "Las Avispas."

Both are slated to attend the 16th edition of the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live on Telemundo. The event concludes the Billboard Latin Music Conference, which runs April 25-28 at Miami's Hotel InterContinental.

While finalists and winners of the Billboard Latin Music Awards are determined by chart performance, the special awards are decided by an editorial committee. Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Los Lobos and Mongo Santamaria; Spirit of Hope Award recipients include Maná, Ricky Martin, and Olga Tañón.

Another highlight of the Billboard Latin Music Conference will be a Q&A session April 27 with Chayanne. The Puerto Rican singer has recorded 11 studio albums as a soloist since 1984; two reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, and four reached the top 10. In addition, he has had eight No. 1s on Billboard Hot Latin tracks.

Beyond his musical accomplishments, Chayanne has been at the forefront of artist endorsements, securing deals through the years with such major brands as Pepsi, Lays and Dentyne.

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