The Latin Recording Academy announced Nov. 1 that four-time current nominee Ricky Martin will open the 8th Annual Latin Grammy Awards telecast with the wildly inventive performance collective Blue Man Group. Also performing on the hottest night in Latin music are Andrea Bocelli and current nominees Ivy Queen, Jesse & Joy and Shaila Dúrcal. Newly added presenters include actor and six-time Grammy winner and Latin Grammy winner Rubén Blades, actress Kate del Castillo, singer/guitarist and current nominee Pau Donés (of Jarabe de Palo), actor/singer Sergio Goyri, singer Fanny Lú, actress Bárbara Mori, and actress Nora Salinas. The 8th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will take place on Nov. 8 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be broadcast on the Univision Network from 8 – 11 p.m. (ET/PT). Additionally, Las Vegas shows "Folies Bergere," "HavanaNightShow" and "Stomp Out Loud" will be featured on the telecast, emphasizing the excitement and energy of this dynamic city.
Grammy winner, Latin Grammy winner and 2006 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Ricky Martin is currently nominated for Album Of The Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Album and Best Long Form Music Video for MTV Unplugged, and Record Of The Year for "Tu Recuerdo" (with La Mari De Chambao and Tommy Torres). Ivy Queen has a nod for Best Urban Music Album (Sentimiento). Jesse & Joy have two nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (Esta Es Mi Vida). Shaila Dúrcal is up for Best Female Pop Vocal Album (Recordando…).
Previously announced performers include current Latin Grammy nominees Pepe Aguilar, Miguel Bosé, Calle 13, Conjunto Primavera, Juan Luis Guerra (who is also the 2007 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year), Intocable, La Quinta Estación, Orishas and Laura Pausini, as well as Camila. Previously announced presenters feature tropical band and current nominees Aventura actor Benjamin Bratt Grammy and Latin Grammy winner and current nominee Elvis Crespo three-time Grammy winner and Latin Grammy winner Gloria Estefan three-time Latin Grammy winners, two-time Grammy winners and 2007 Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Los Tigres Del Norte actor/singer/model Sergio Mayer Latin hip-hop singer Mala Rodriguez actress/singer Alessandra Rosaldo actress/model Dayanara Torres and actress Sofia Vergara.
Preceding the Awards show telecast, Univision will present exclusive "Noche de Estrellas" ("Night of the Stars") coverage of the celebrity arrivals direct from the Latin Grammy Awards Green Carpet starting at 7 p.m. ET/PT (6 p.m. Central). Hosted by "Primer Impacto" co-anchor Bárbara Bermudo and popular Univision personality Giselle Blondet, "Noche de Estrellas" will feature live interviews and commentary on the stars and their fashions, and provide viewers an intimate and up close look at Latin music's most glamorous and gala event.
The 8th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will feature 49 categories and will be supported on radio via Univision Radio (the official Spanish-language radio network of the Latin Grammy Awards), and highlighted on the Internet by Univision Online (the official Spanish-language web site of the Latin Grammy Awards) at www.univision.com. Tickets are available to the general public and can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Box Office at www.mandalaybay.com or through Ticketmaster.