Los Tigres Del Norte to Receive 'Leader Award at BILLBOARD MEXICAN MUSIC AWARDS

Los Tigres del Norte, the most influential regional Mexican group, will receive the first ever Leader Billboard award. The recognition for their leadership role and social activism will take place at the 2013 Billboard Mexican Music Awards set to broadcast live on Wednesday, October 9 at 7pm/6c from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

A.B. Quintanilla III, La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas, and El Chapo de Sinaloa have confirmed their performances for the prestigious awards show. They join previously announced performers Los Tigres del Norte, Joan Sebastian, Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga, Gerardo Ortiz, Roberto Tapia, Banda Los Recoditos, Julión Álvarez y su Norteño Banda, Diana Reyes, Kevin Ortiz, Los Primos MX, Mariachi Sol de México de Jose Hernandez, Calibre 50, Los Inquietos del Norte, and Roberto Junior y su Bandeño.

Iconic Norteño band Los Tigres del Norte boasts a musical career that spans more than three decades of performances, and in excess of 32 million albums sold. The quintet made up of siblings Jorge, Luis, Hernan and Eduardo Hernandez, along with cousin Oscar Lara, have not only distinguished themselves for their music, but also for their commitment to tackle the issues that impact their fans through their legendary corridos, from immigration reform, to drug trafficking, to politics. They have defended causes and people through both their music and actions, becoming a public voice for immigration reform, including a march and concert planned in Washington, D.C. The group has also contributed in a major way to education with the creation of the Los Tigres del Norte Foundation for the preservation and support of traditional Mexican and Mexican-American music forms.

Billboard magazine declared the family of musicians as the world's most influential regional Mexican group, widely viewed as The Voice of the people. The New York Times went further to explain the secret of their success as the ground-level symbiosis with their fans, and the Los Angeles Times stated "The songs of Los Tigres Del Norte remain one of the clearest windows into the immigrant soul." In recognition of their leadership role and social activism, Los Tigres del Norte will be honored with Billboard's inaugural Lider (Leader) Award, to be presented at the 2013 Billboard Mexican Music Awards.

A.B. Quintanilla III, La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas, and El Chapo de Sinaloa have confirmed their performances for the prestigious awards show. A.B. Quintanilla III is a master of Cumbia/Pop and a successful producer and songwriter with more than 27 albums and millions of units sold. La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Messillas is today one of the most representative Banda groups hailing from Sinaloa, Mexico. El Chapo de Sinaloa is a multi-genre singer, specializing in Rancheras, Boleros, and Corridos, with a deep catalog of albums and a Grammy Award among the accolades. They join previously announced performers Los Tigres del Norte, Joan Sebastian, Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga, Gerardo Ortiz, Roberto Tapia, Banda Los Recoditos, Julion Alvarez y su Norteño Banda, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, Kevin Ortiz, Diana Reyes, Los Primos MX, Calibre 50, Los Inquietos del Norte and Roberto Junior y Su Bandeño.

The 2013 Billboard Mexican Music Awards will be hosted by the talented and beautiful actress Aylin Mujica and leading Telenovela actor Rafael Amaya. TV personalities Monica Noguera from Telemundo and Guadalupe Venegas from ¡mun2 pop! will share hosting duties of the special red carpet show preceding the awards ceremony with Azucena Cierco and expert fashion commentary from Christian Ramirez and Kika Rocha. Award presenters at the 2013 Billboard Mexican Music Awards include singers Roberto Tapia, Becky G and PeeWee; music groups El Trono de Mexico and Fulano y Mengano; Hollywood Actress Maria Conchita Alonso; Radio personality El Mandril, and TV personalities Adriana Fonseca, Ana Maria Canseco, Cynthia Olavarria, Daniel Sarcos, Edgar Lopez, Gabriel Coronel, Juan Soler, Julio Vaqueiro, Karim Mendiburu, Mirella Grisales, Vanessa Villela, Yarel Ramos, Gabriel Porras, La Bronca, Marlene Favela and Penelope Menchaca. Finalists confirmed to attend the awards ceremony include: 3BallMTY, America Sierra, Jesus Tirado Castañeda, La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho, Luciano Luna Diaz, Noel Torres, Smoky and Voz de Mando, among others.

Tickets to the coveted ceremony and the only awards show on a major network that honors Mexican music are available on Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at the Dolby Theatre box office. Additional information about the Billboard Mexican Music Awards, including the complete list of finalists, is available at www.Telemundo.com/PremiosBillboard, the official website for the 2013 Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Fans can follow the awards on social media at https://www.facebook.com/LatinBillboards and Twitter.com/@LatinBillboards, or join the conversation at #BillboardsMX.

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