First-Ever Latin American Music Awards Headed to Telemundo

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A general view of atmosphere outside Dolby Theatre on June 6, 2013 in Hollywood, California. 

Modeled after the AMAs, the new show comes from Dick Clark Productions.

Latin music fans, brace yourself: A new major awards show is coming to town.

The new Latin American Music Awards, the first-ever Spanish language award show modeled after the American Music Awards, will be broadcast Oct. 8 on the Telemundo network, live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Nominees for the Latin American Music Awards in 20 categories will be announced on Sept. 2 with fan voting and ticket sales opening the same day. Nominations to the awards are based on key fan interactions with music, including (but not limited to) sales, airplay, streaming and social activity tracked by Billboard through its data partners Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound.

The actual voting will be powered by Telescope Inc. (The Voice, La Voz Kids, American Idol, Premios Tu Mundo, X Factor).

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The American Music Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions and have long included Latin categories in their mix; in 2014, Pitbull hosted the show.

The new Latin American Music Awards marks the first time a DCP awards show is recast in a Spanish language version, underscoring the growth of the Spanish speaking TV viewer and its appeal to advertisers.

News of the new show comes in the wake of another highly-successful Telemundo show. Premios Tu Mundo, broadcast Aug. 20, delivered 2.4 million total viewers and ranked No. 1 regardless of language in Los Angeles, New York and Miami, with fans also voting for winners in both music and non-musical categories.