Ricky Martin, Pilar Montenegro, Chayanne, and Intocable lead the list of performers for the 2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards, to be held May 8 at the Miami Arena and broadcast May 11 by Telemundo. Special guest Armando Manzanero, Tito Nieves, Robi “Draco” Rosa, and Albita will also appear at the awards as presenters.
As previously reported, Manzanero will receive this year’s Billboard Hall of Fame Award, while rapper Edgardo Arias Franco, aka “El General,” will be presented with the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award for his civic and humanitarian contributions through his foundation Ninos Pobres Sin Fronteras.
Martin — who is set to release his first all-Spanish-language album in five years, “Las Almas del Silencio,” May 20 on Sony Discos — will perform a track from the set. The album’s first single, “Tal Vez,” is in its third week atop Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks chart.
As previously reported, Montenegro and sibling trio Las Ketchup top the list of finalists for this year’s awards, as each will compete in seven categories. Colombian pop/rocker Juanes is close behind, competing in six categories, while Mexican/Argentine duo Sin Bandera and regional Mexican singer Aracely Arambula are each up for five awards.