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The Latin Recording Academy and Univision have signed a six-year deal that will keep the Latin Grammys on the Spanish-language network until 2018, according to LARAS officials.

The Latin Grammys, scheduled to air later this year on Nov. 15, will also again take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

"We are very pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with our friends at Univision," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy, in a prepared statement. "For the past seven years, the Latin GRAMMYs and Univision have consistently collaborated to bring viewers unique and dynamic musical performances from today's talented Latin musicians from around the world."

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The new agreement includes developing new Latin Grammy specials, which will be announced at a later date.

In 2005, the Latin Grammy show moved from CBS to Univision after struggling to find an audience on the English-language network. It was a move that was applauded by many including singer/songwriter Gloria Estefan whose husband that year was one of 16 members on the board of trustees for LARAS.

Since the move to Univision, the telecast has enjoyed a strong viewership. Last year the Latin Grammys was seen by 11.1 viewers in the U.S., according to LARAS officials. The awards show is broadcast to more than 100 countries.

"Univision is the home to some of the biggest nights in entertainment for Hispanics and as such we are pleased to extend our partnership with The Latin Recording Academy," said Cesar Conde, President of Univision Networks.

The Academy is a membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals from around the world.