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2017 Latin GRAMMY Week In Las Vegas: What's Happening?
Latin GRAMMY Week 2017 has officially begun in Las Vegas, and the schedule is packed with events hosted by the Latin Recording Academy designed to celebrate Latin artists from all over the world and honor their contributions to recorded music and philanthropic efforts.
Here is your definitive guide to this week's official Latin GRAMMY events.
The Leading Ladies Of Entertainment
A brand-new event added to Latin GRAMMY Week for the first time in 2017, The Leading Ladies Of Entertainment will be held at Mastro's Ocean Club in the Crystal Mall on Nov. 14. Honored for their indelible impressions and contributions they have made to the Latin entertainment industry, the inaugural class of honorees includes Marcella Araica, recording/mixing engineer, vice president N.A.R.S Records/Dream Asylum Studios; Leila Cobo, executive director of content & programming for Latin music & entertainment, Billboard; Erika Ender, singer/songwriter; Rebeca Leon, CEO and founder of Lionfish Entertainment; Gabriela Martinez, general manager, Warner Music Latina & senior vice president, Marketing Warner Music Latin America; and Jessica Rodriguez, executive vice president and CMO, Univision Communications Inc. All proceeds will benefit the charitable efforts of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.
Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Presentation
Bestowed annually to recognize significant lasting achievements in Latin music, the 2017 Latin Recording Academy Special Awards will be presented at a private ceremony at the Four Season Hotel in Las Vegas on Nov. 15. This year's Trustee Awards recipients are GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning engineer/mixer Jon Fausty and GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning composer/arranger/conductor Lalo Schifrin. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Lucecita Benítez, João Bosco, Ilan Chester, Víctor Heredia, Los Del Río (comprising Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruiz Perdigones), Guadalupe Pineda, and Cuco Valoy.
Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year Gala
The sold-out celebration honoring 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Alejandro Sanz will also be held on Nov. 15. Taking place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center., Sanz will be honored for his artistry and substantial philanthropic contributions. The Spaniard will be feted with tribute performances by a host of GRAMMY- and Latin-GRAMMY winning artists including David Bisbal, Camila Cabello, Santiago Cruz, Alejandro Fernández, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Jesse & Joy, Juanes, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade, Gian Marco, Manuel Fernández Montoya "El Carpeta", Niña Pastori, Residente, Rosalía, Jimmy Zambrano, and more. Proceeds will benefit the charitable efforts of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.
Latin GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony
Held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center on Nov. 16, the Latin GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony takes place hours prior to the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards telecast. Hosted by Latin GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Tommy Torres, the ceremony will kick off The Biggest Night In Latin Music with performances by current nominees Tiago Iorc, Las Migas, Debi Nova, and Sig Ragga. Approximately 85 percent of the awards for the 18th Latin GRAMMYs will be given out during the nontelevised premiere ceremony, with awards presented by current nominees Paula Arenas, Eduardo Cabra, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Miranda! You can live-stream the ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET via LatinGRAMMY.com.
"Noche De Estrellas"
Directly preceding the Latin GRAMMY Awards telecast at 7 p.m. ET/PT, Univision Network will present exclusive "Noche De Estrellas" ("Night of Stars") coverage of the celebrity arrivals direct from the Latin GRAMMY red carpet. "Noche De Estrellas" will provide viewers with an intimate look at Latin music's most glamorous event with live interviews and commentary on the stars and their fashion.
18th Latin GRAMMY Awards Telecast
The main event, The Biggest Night In Latin Music, will be held at the MGM Grand's Garden Arena on Thursday, Nov. 16, with telecast coverage provided by Univision Network beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. Central. Hosted by Mexican actor/singer Jaime Camil and Puerto Rican singer/songwriter Roselyn Sánchez, the 18th Latin GRAMMYs will feature, among others, special collaborative performances by Juanes with Logic and Alessia Cara, Carlos Vives and Sebastián Yatra, J Balvin with Bad Bunny, French Montana and Steve Aoki; Lila Downs and Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga; and Bronco with Ha*Ash.
Presenters include Anavitória, Camila Cabello, Sofia Carson, Flo Rida, Leslie Grace, Maribel Guardia, Juan Luis Guerra, Olga Tañón, and Wilmer Valderrama, as well as Best New Artist nominees Martina "La Peligrosa" and Rosalía. Additional behind-the-scenes show coverage, including interviews from the red carpet, will be provided by the Latin Recording Academy via Facebook Live beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.