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Lila Downs & More to Honor Juan Gabriel at 2016 LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

Telemundo announced today the renowned performers that will pay tribute to Juan Gabriel during the 2016 LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS. World music singer Lila Downs, Spanish songstress Shaila Durcal and the "Ambassador of Mexican Music" Aida Cuevas will be joined on stage by Mariachi De Mi Tierra Juan Gabriel, which toured with the late artist for over two decades, on a musical number produced by his longtime producer and orchestra director Eduardo Magallanes. In addition, the network announced its star-studded list of award presenters, as well as its hosts for the pre-show special "La Alfombra de Latin AMAs" and its post-show special "Latin AMAs Acceso VIP." Produced by Telemundo and SOMOS Productions, the awards show will broadcast live on Thursday, October 6 at 8pm/7c from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The "Latin AMAs" will also be simulcast on NBC UNIVERSO in the U.S. and on Telemundo Internacional on 21 Latin American countries. Tickets for the highly anticipated awards ceremony are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com and the Dolby Theatre box office.

Lila Downs has one of the world's most singular voices and innovative approaches to music. Born in the state of Oaxaca, México, Lila grew up both in Minnesota and Oaxaca. Her music and vocal artistry have many influences and is as varied as the ancient cultures that serve as her inspiration. Lila's compositions are often striking commentaries on social conditions, reflecting migration and the search for roots as a core human need. She has placed five albums on the Billboard World Albums chart, all debuting in the top 10. Most recently, her album "Balas y Chocolate" peaked at No. 3. Lila's lifelong dream of collaborating with Juan Gabriel was realized when she included a cover of "La Farsante" featuring Juan Gabriel in that album.

Spanish vocalist Shaila Durcal was born to parents Rocio Durcal and Antonio Morales, both towering figures in Spanish music. While working on what would be her debut release, Rocio Durcal passed unexpectedly, and Shaila chose to dedicate the album in her honor, both as a person and as a musician. "Recordando," Shaila's reworking of Rocio's most popular repertoire, came out in February of 2007 and featured iconic Juan Gabriel songs made popular by her mother like "Amor Eterno" and "Costumbres," among others. Three of her albums have charted on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. Her self-titled set most recently charted in 2015, reaching No. 18.

Aida Cuevas is recognized as "The Ambassador of Mexican music." She has shared the stage with international artists such as Placido Domingo, Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, Luciano Pavarotti, Vicente Fernandez and Juan Gabriel, with whom she toured in 2015 and to whom she dedicated two albums during her career. She has performed for distinguished personalities such as U.S. Presidents Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush; the King and Queen of Spain; Sean Connery and each sitting Mexican President from Luis Echeverria all the way to Enrique Peña Nieto. The unique style of Aida Cuevas allowed her to achieve a successful and long-lasting career. She continues to bring joy to millions of people around the world with her voice, leaving an important mark in the musical history of Mexico and Latin America.

Eduardo Magallanes is an arranger, orchestra director, music producer and has earned notoriety as artistic director in the recording industry and entertainment in general for more than four decades. He has worked with Armando Manzanero, Emmanuel, Alejandro Fernandez and Placido Domingo, among others. This year he worked as arranger of the Symphony of the Americas under the direction of James Brooks Bruzzese to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the orchestra with Summer with the Symphony. He collaborated with Juan Gabriel since the beginning of his career for the singer's major events as well as producing, arranging and directing a trilogy of greatest hits. In 2013, he coordinated and created some of the arrangements of Juan Gabriel's concert: "Celebrando sus 40 Años de Artista" at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts, among many other important projects in the late artist's career.

These performers join the previously announced impressive lineup of Spanish and English music stars including: Alvaro Soler, Aymee Nuviola, Baby Rasta & Gringo, Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga, Becky G, ChocQuibTown, CNCO, Dvicio, Flo Rida, Franco de Vita, Gente de Zona, Gerardo Ortiz, Jacob Forever, Jesse & Joy, Joey Montana, La Santa Cecilia, Lucero, LunchMoney Lewis, Miguel Bose, Nicky Jam, Pitbull, Prince Royce and Sofia Reyes.

Hosted for the second consecutive year by Lucero, the awards ceremony will feature a remarkable array of talent to present the awards including: beloved host of the upcoming "Don Francisco Te Invita" show Mario Kreutzberger better known as Don Francisco; international actress Kate Del Castillo; actor of the biopic series "Hasta que te Conocí" Carlos Yorvick; actors from "Señora Acero 3: La Coyote" Carolina Miranda, Gaby Espino, Jose Maria Torre, Luis Ernesto Franco, Mauricio Henao, Michel Duval and Oka Giner; lead actor of the upcoming Super Series "El Chema" Mauricio Ochmann; actors from the ratings record breaking Super Series "El Señor de los Cielos" Carmen Aub and Rafael Amaya; from "La Querida del Centauro" Michel Brown; from"Silvana Sin Lana" actor Carlos Ponce; from "Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso" Fabian Rios; cohost of "Titulares y Mas" Karim Mendiburu; newscaster Felicidad Aveleyra, from "Noticias Telemundo;" from NBC UNIVERSO's "The Riveras" Chiquis Rivera; actors Aislinn Derbez and Jeimy Osorio; TV personality Rosie Rivera; and host of the 2016 hit reality competition "La Voz Kids" Patricia Manterola. Music presenters include Adriel Favela; Alex Sensation, Calibre 50, Charlie Zaa, Danny Gokey, Emeraude Toubia, Fanny Lu, Karol G, Natti Natasha, Osmani Garcia, PALOMA San Basilio, Sebastian Yatra, Sharlene Taule, and Zion & Lennox.

Music, TV and film stars arriving on the red carpet, showcasing their gala gowns under the iconic Hollywood setting will be featured on the pre-show "La Alfombra de Latin AMAs" hosted by Rashel Diaz, Jorge Bernal, Jessica Carrillo and Quique Usales with exclusive interviews and fashion commentary that will be broadcast at 7pm/6c. "Acceso VIP," the post-awards show featuring unique behind-the-scenes interviews with winners and performers will broadcast at 11:35 PM/10:35C on Telemundo and will be hosted by Jessica Carrillo, Karim Mendiburu, Erika Csiszer and Quique Usales.

The "Latin American Music Awards" pays tribute to today's most influential and iconic Latin artists, as voted by the fans in the traditional format of the "American Music Awards," the world's biggest fan-voted award show. For the second groundbreaking year, the show will feature performances by chart-topping talent in both English and Spanish.

The complete list of nominees and performers can be found at LatinAMAs.com - the official website of the 2016 "Latin American Music Awards."



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