April 7, 2000

Recording Academy Announces Venue for Inaugural Latin Grammy Awards

The Recording Academy has selected STAPLES Center in Los Angeles as the site for the inaugural Latin GRAMMY Awards, it was announced jointly today by Michael Greene, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and Timothy J. Leiweke, President of STAPLES Center. The show's date has been changed to September 13.

The Latin GRAMMY Awards, which will be broadcast by CBS Television Network (9 p.m.-11p.m.) will boast awards in 40 key categories covering many genres and sub-genres of Latin music. In addition to its domestic broadcast, the Latin GRAMMYs are expected to be seen in over 120 countries.

"The Inaugural Latin GRAMMY Awards will be a worldwide celebration which deserves a world class venue," said Greene. "STAPLES Center is the obvious choice. Everyone there has demonstrated to the Academy that they are dedicated to making the first Latin GRAMMY Awards a truly spectacular experience and a memorable event for our nominees, members and the audience. This commitment to the Latin show from the proven STAPLES Center team will ensure a high-profile production that will resonate with the public."

Anticipated to be the world's largest and most prestigious celebration of creative spirit, artistic achievement and the incredible diversity of the Latin music community, the selection of STAPLES Center returns the Recording Academy to the same venue which hosted the 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards earlier this year. Nominations for the Latin GRAMMY Awards are expected to be announced in July.

As with the 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, the telecast will be the centerpiece of a week of GRAMMY related events, culminating with an exciting Latin GRAMMY After-Party.

"Hosting an internationally renown event like the GRAMMY Awards has truly been one of the top moments of STAPLES Center's first five months," said Timothy J. Lei-weke, President of STAPLES Center. "We have a tremendous amount of respect for Michael Greene and the entire Recording Academy and are proud that we will continue our relationship by hosting the inaugural Latin GRAMMYs, an event that we believe will instantly be one of the industry's most prestigious."

Although the inaugural Latin GRAMMY Awards will be held stateside and predominantly broadcast in English, subsequent shows are expected to be held in various Latin countries. The 40 award categories are expected to be expanded for future shows.

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