The 7th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, from Madison Square Garden, marking the first time New York will host the international showcase of Latin music. The announcement was made by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Latin Recording Academy President Gabriel Abaroa, Univision news anchor Barbara Bermudo and NYC Big Events President Maureen J. Reidy at a press conference today. The Latin GRAMMY Awards ceremony has been previously held in Miami and Los Angeles.
The event, which honors excellence in Latin music, was eagerly pursued by NYC Big Events. The city's Economic Development Corporation projects that the 7th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will have an estimated economic impact in excess of $30 million, and will stimulate future tourism dollars through its global telecast in more than 100 countries. Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, assembly member Adriano Espaillat, congressman Jose Serrano, congressman Jerry Nadler, congresswoman Nydia Velasquez, Mayor's Liaison to the Latin Media & Entertainment Commission Willie Colon, musician Johnny Pacheco, recording artist India, and Vice Chairman of Madison Square Garden Hank Ratner attended the announcement held at City Hall.
"Hoy me siento muy orgulloso al anunciar que la 7a. entrega Anual del Latin GRAMMY se realizará por primera vez en la Gran Manzana," said Mayor Bloomberg. "New York City is the proud home to the most diverse Hispanic population in the world. Hosting this premier Latin event will bring worldwide media attention and tourism to our city creating a significant economic impact and helping us continue creating more jobs. As a venue for world-class events, there is only one New York, and we are thrilled that The Latin Recording Academy and Univision have selected New York City to help propel the Latin GRAMMY Awards to the next level."
"Producing the 7th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards and other events that surround the telecast in New York City is a great milestone in the young history of our organization," said Abaroa. "New York constitutes a worldwide mecca of arts and at the same time represents the center of musical movements such as salsa, mambo, tango, mariachi, merengue and Latin jazz. New York is also the place many of the big stars have called home: Tito Puente, Los Panchos, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon, Ruben Blades, Johnny Pacheco, India, Eddie Palmieri, Hector Lavoe, Thalia, Placido Domingo and Marc Anthony, to name just a few. In fact, by going to New York City we are going home because one out of every four city residents is a Latino. Today, The Latin Recording Academy with the support and leadership of The Recording Academy, our broadcast partner Univision and our amazing hosts, the city of New York, together, sing loud and clear: Start spreadin' the news, the Latin GRAMMYs are on the way!"
"Univision is widely known as the network of the biggest and most spectacular events of special interest to Hispanics," said Univision Executive Vice President and Operating Manager Alina Falcon. "After its record-breaking debut on our network, we are confident that this year's Latin GRAMMYs will result in even higher ratings. And we are particularly excited to broadcast one of the foremost Latin music events live from New York, a city with one of this country's most vibrant Hispanic populations that includes home to some of our most loyal viewers."
"This great city is truly the crossroads of the world and because of this distinction, we are blessed with a strong Latin influence and heritage," said New York state assembly speaker Sheldon Silver. "The Latin GRAMMY Awards further enhances our legacy as a global center for arts and entertainment. So, it is fitting that the finest Latin singers and musicians should be feted here for their remarkable talents and for the extraordinary gifts they share with us and the rest of the world. My thanks to Mayor Bloomberg, to my colleague,