Spain's music industry will experience a new look award ceremony on Nov. 27 when the Premios Amigo gala is held for the first time in six years. Details of the return of the top music industry award gala were revealed today in a four-page press note, three weeks after the cancellation of a planned media presentation.

Nominations for six of the nine awards were unveiled. Jennifer Lopez, Mexico's Alejandro Fernández and Mexico-based Spanish band La Quinta Estación each have three nods. Mexico-based Shaila Dúrcal, daughter of legendary Spanish singer Rocío Dúrcal who died last year, has two nominations.

The Madrid gala, organized by labels' body Promusicae, have been renamed Premios Nokia Amigo after the Finnish mobile phone operator Nokia.

Promusicae decided not to televise the gala, which between its 1997 inauguration until 2001 was always screened live with live performances by international stars such as U2 and Kylie Minogue. Promusicae suspended the 2002 gala to protest rampant piracy, and says that although piracy is still huge in Spain, a new business model means criteria have changed.

The awards reflect today's music business reality, with new distribution channels and social connection methods. In addition to Nokia, Premios Amigo's partners include mobile phone operator Vodafone - which the day after the gala will offer highlights via its Vodafone live! music service -- Yahoo, which will offer a delayed highlight service through premiosnokiaamigo.com, free newspaper 20 Minutos, Brugal rum company, and Spain's Osborne brandy company.

Promusicae president Antonio Guisasola says "Promusicae wants to say to the whole world that music is stronger also with new technologies, because that is now our present and our future."

Live acts will be Colombian singer-guitarist Juanes, a one-off duo by Ricky Martin and Eros Ramazotti, and "almost certainly" La Quinta Estación. But in addition, every gold and platinum disc winner in the past year in Spain's Media Control charts released by Promusicae, will receive a certificate on stage. By today more than 30 artists had confirmed their attendance at the gala.

For the first time ever, a Spanish music award ceremony has prizes for best selling downloaded music - the most sold song and most sold tone, by Internet and mobile phone. Vodafone is sponsoring both these awards.

"Physical sales and downloads are an objective measure, the anonymous and democratic voice of the people of the street," says Guisasola. "Instead of choosing a committee of learned people to form a jury which is always debatable, we have sought the system which seems to us the most fair, impartial and reliable."

The three nominations for most downloaded song are Alejandro Fernández and Beyoncé for 'Amor Gitano'; Jennifer Lopez for 'Qué hiciste', and Shakira for 'Pure Intuition'. Lopez and Fernández-Beyoncé are also nominated for most downloaded tone, together with La Quinta Estación for 'Me Muero'.

Most sold Spanish artist nominations are Miguel Bosé, La Quinta Estación and Dúrcal. Oddly, La Quinta and Dúrcal live in Mexico, and Mexico is with Spain Bosé's biggest market.

Nods for most sold Latin artist go to Lopez, Fernández, and Chayanne. Most sold international award will go to either Mexico's RBD, Mika, or Bruce Springsteen. Most sold new artist - whose first gold (40,000 sales) or platinum (80,000) discs must have been awarded after Dec. 1, 2006 - will de decided among La Quinta Estación, Dúrcal, or Banghra.

The honorary Amigo award, the only one voted by Promusicae itself, will be announced in a few days, while the two awards voted by the public will be revealed at the gala - Premio 20 Minutos Amigo favourite artist, and Premio Amigo Yahoo! best video.

"We are prepared to continue defending the music made in our country, paying tribute to all those artists who make our lives happier," says Guisasola. "These awards will be the most democratic in history, because the choice will be made by popular decision - either through purchases throughout the year, or by direct vote", says the 88-label Promusicae note.

The gala will be followed by a music industry 'fiesta' in the same Theater Circo Price. Only some 300 fans will join industry figures, artists and other guests at the gala in the 1,500-capacity venue. Tickets for these went on sale today via Internet at 35 euros ($51.50).