Celia Cruz to be Honored at Latin American Music Awards With Tribute by Maluma, India & More

Celia Cruz
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Celia Cruz performs at the JVC Jazz Festival concert 'Two Divas and a Lion' at Carnegie Hall, New York, New York, July 1, 1995.

Celia Cruz’s presence will be felt at the first-ever Latin American Music Awards in a major way, thanks to a musical tribute produced by Sergio George. The tropical veteran has rounded up a diverse group of performers to honor the late queen of the salsa’s legacy during the Oct. 8 telecast on Telemundo, airing live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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Colombian sensation Maluma,  princess of salsa India, Mexican icon Yuri and singer/actress Aymée Nuviola -- who portrays Cruz in the new Telemundo series Celia -- will sing a medley of her most beloved hits.

Presenting the tribute are Puerto Rican actors Jeimy Osorio and Modesto Lacén, who play Cruz and her husband/manager Pedro Knight during their younger years on Celia (Nuviola and renowned theater actor Willie Denton play the couple later in life).

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Slated for an Oct. 13 premiere, Celia chronicles Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso's evolution from a shy teen in pre-revolution Havana, Cuba, to a larger-than-life figure that brought the world to its feet with the power of her voice, inimitable style and exuberant presence. Along the way, Cruz battled racism, sexism and defied expectations of what a black female musician could achieve in the '50s.

Other performers confirmed for the Latin AMAs include Paulina Rubio, Daddy Yankee, Jesse & Joy, Reik, Farruko, Fonseca, Shaggy, Lil Jon, Yandel, Natalie La Rose, Jencarlos Canela, Luis Coronel, CD9, Gloria Trevi, Gerardo Ortiz and Il Volo.


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