Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez will be honored with the Billboard Hall of Fame Award and will perform with daughterCamila Fernandez at the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards “Billboard Duets,” joining previously announced performers Nicky Jam, Victor Manuelle, Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga and a historic performance by Daddy Yankeeand Don Omar. More celebrity presenters were announced including renowned actress Blanca Soto; iconic TV personality Don Francisco; NBC Universo’s star of “El Vato” El Dasa; and “¡Que Noche! con Angelica y Raul!” host Raul Gonzalez. The longest-running and most prestigious awards show in the Latin music world will be produced and broadcast live by TELEMUNDO on Thursday, April 28 at 8pm/7c from the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida, and will be preceded at7pm/6c by the acclaimed red carpet preshow “La Alfombra de Premios Billboard.”
The Billboard Hall of Fame Award, which will be bestowed to Alejandro Fernandezthis year, celebrates a career that goes beyond musical performance and takes into account the incredible influence the recipient enjoys as an artist globally in multiple fields. The Billboard Hall of Fame Award is reserved for artists who have achieved worldwide recognition for their work, transcending musical genres and languages. Previous winners of the coveted award include Vicente Fernandez, Celia Cruz and Marc Anthony.
One of Mexico’s biggest international superstars of the new millennium, Alejandro Fernandez first established himself in the early ’90s as a champion of ranchera music before crossing over to the Latin pop mainstream in 1997 with the chart-topping album “Me Estoy Enamorando.” Born in 1971, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Fernandez is the son of icon Vicente Fernández. Beginning with his self-titled debut album in 1992, Fernandez followed in the footsteps of his father, performing traditional Mexican music. While this phase of Fernandez’ career spawned a steady series of hit singles, his career skyrocketed to new heights with the 1997 release of “Me Estoy Enamorando.” Produced by Emilio Estefan, Jr. and Kike Santander, the album marked the crossover of Fernandez into the realm of mainstream pop. The album spawned four Hot Latin Songs chart-toppers: “Si Tu Supieras,” “En el Jardin” (a duet with Gloria Estefan), “No Se Olvidar,” and “Yo Naci Para Amarte.” In 2009 he launched an ambitious project called Dos Mundos, which consisted of two separate albums, “Evolucion” and “Tradicion,” released on the same day — the former more Latin pop, the latter traditional ranchera and mariachi music. Fernandez began recording again in 2012, working in Los Angeles with producer Phil Ramone. The resulting album, titled “Confidencias,” included duets with Christina Aguilera on “Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti,” Rod Stewart on “Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out,” and most poetically, his father Vicente on “Me Olvide de Vivir.” Released in July 2013, the album hit the top of the charts in Mexico and Spain, and continued to chart for over a year.
Alejandro Fernandez will be joined on stage by his daughter Camila Fernandez. Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in 1997, Camila has always been surrounded by music, both for being part of the Fernandez family, as by choice. In September, 2014, she debuted as an artist in a Las Vegas stadium, singing alongside her father. She studied music at the Semper Altius School in Guadalajara and the Berklee School of Music in Boston.
Previously announced presenters of the awards show include: “Caso Cerrado” hostDr. Ana Maria Polo; lead sportscaster Andres Cantor; “¡Que Noche con Angelica y Raul!” host Angelica Vale; “El Señor de los Cielos” actresses Carmen Aub andFernanda Castillo; “Gran Hermano” host Giselle Blondet”; “Al Rojo Vivo” hostMaria Celeste Arraras; Mexican singer, actress, and upcoming host of the new season of “La Voz Kids” Patricia Manterola; and Victoria’s Secret bombshellAdriana Lima.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards are the only awards that honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data that informs Billboard‘s weekly charts.
For the complete list of finalists and the latest news, fans can visit Telemundo.com/PremiosBillboard – the official website of the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards. For the latest news, be sure to follow the “Billboard Latin Music Awards” on social media and join the conversation by using the official hashtag#Billboards2016.
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The awards are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, now in its 27th year and under the slogan “The Top Artists, The Top Trends, The Top Names in Music”. The conference is the biggest and longest-running event dedicated to Latin music in the world. It will take place April 25-28 at the Ritz Carlton in Miami Beach, Florida. The conference is the “must-attend” event for the top power players in the industry, from label presidents to A talent, to top agents, managers, promoters, marketing and advertising executives and radio executives, as well as for those taking their first steps in the business. For information please visit BillboardLatinConference.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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