MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Latin Recording Academy® and Univision Network today announced the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® will air Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, live on Univision from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with a three-hour star-studded telecast from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central), and a one-hour pre-show beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Nominees for the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be announced worldwide Sept. 20, 2017. On Nov. 15, The Latin Recording Academy will honor The Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and Special Awards (Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards) recipients during special presentations.
“The Latin GRAMMYs™ have become the premier U.S. and international musical showcase for Latin talent, diversity, relevance, and excellence and this year we are planning to bring our audience an even more spectacular evening celebrating the hard work, perseverance and achievements of those in our artistic communities,” said Gabriel Abaroa, President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “We are also delighted to continue a great collaboration process with Univision and look forward to working with them to create the most memorable experience for our viewers.”
The Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards is The Biggest Night in Latin Music® and has been recently attended by the most respected artists in the entertainment industry, including Marc Anthony, J Balvin, BIA, Angelique Boyer, Chris Brown, Kate del Castillo, Andrés Castro, Jackie Cruz, Luis Fonsi, Becky G, Juan Luis Guerra, Fifth Harmony, Enrique Iglesias, Nicky Jam, Juanes, Alicia Keys, Sean Kingston, Major Lazer, Jennifer Lopez, Diego Luna, Maluma, Maná, Ricky Martin, MØ, Rita Moreno, Omi, Gerardo Ortiz, Laura Pausini, Pharrell, Pitbull, Rachel Platten, Carlos Ponce, Reik, Sofia Reyes, Génesis Rodríguez, Prince Royce, Sebastián Rulli, Zoe Saldana, Roselyn Sánchez, Carlos Santana, Shakira, Will Smith, Diego Torres, Usher, Julieta Venegas, Carlos Vives, Il Volo, Dionne Warwick, Wisin, Yandel, Daddy Yankee, and many more.
“We are very proud to have this relationship with The Latin Recording Academy for more than one decade,” said Jorge “Pepo” Ferradas, president of music, Univision Communications Inc. “Every year more and more people enjoy this amazing show through all our platforms.”
Since the annual Latin GRAMMY Awards debuted on the Univision Network in 2005, the show has delivered strong audience levels each year, with the 2016 broadcast reaching 8.6 million total viewers 2+ in the United States and delivering more young adults than CBS, Fox and the CW on that night. The Latin GRAMMYs are one of Univision’s top rated and most engaged music broadcasts with the 17th annual edition ranking as the No. 1 most social program of the day, according to Nielsen.
Internationally, the telecast, distributed by Haber Entertainment, has reached more than 80 million viewers annually through over the air or by cable under an exclusive partnership with TNT Latin America, part of Turner Broadcasting System, a division of Time Warner.
The Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards actively embraces and engages audiences through its social media platforms to connect with fans. In addition to ranking as the No. 1 most social program, last year’s show was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, garnering more than 14 billion global impressions, and consolidating its position as the highest profile celebration of Latin music with a massive social media fan base of more than 4.3 million followers across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. (Sources: Nielsen Social, 11/17 episodes ranked by Total Interactions; Keyhole. co; Official handle (@latingrammys) and hashtag (#latingrammy); 9/16/2016 - 11/20/2016).
For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit LatinGRAMMY.com.
ABOUT THE LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY:
The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community either directly or through its Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®.
ABOUT UNIVISION COMMUNICATIONS INC.:
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the leading networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country available in approximately 91% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network available in approximately 85% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language entertainment cable network, as well as UDN (Univision Deportes Network), the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language sports cable network, Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to telenovelas, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to international news, and an additional suite of cable offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Local Media, which owns and/or operates 59 television stations and 64 radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; and Univision Now, a direct-to-consumer, on demand and live streaming subscription service. The Company also includes the Fusion Media Group (FMG), a division that serves young, diverse audiences. FMG includes two cable networks: news and lifestyle English-language network FUSION TV and UCI’s interest in El Rey Network, a general entertainment English-language cable network; Univision.com, the most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. Hispanics; Uforia, a music application featuring multimedia music content; as well as a collection of leading digital brands that span a range of categories: technology (Gizmodo), sports (Deadspin), music (TrackRecord), lifestyle (Lifehacker), modern women’s interests (Jezebel), news and social justice (FUSION.net), African American news and culture (The Root), gaming (Kotaku), and car culture (Jalopnik). FMG also includes the Company’s interest in comedy and news satire brands The Onion, Clickhole and The A.V. Club. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has content creation facilities and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit corporate.univision.com.
ABOUT MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA:
The Grand Garden Arena is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special events. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as many as 14,000 with excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound. The Grand Garden Arena is known for hosting legendary events such as world championship boxing featuring the legends of the sport — Floyd Mayweather, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Oscar de la Hoya, Manny Pacquiao and many more. The venue also has been home to many premier UFC fights. Music lovers have experienced some of the industry’s biggest stars at the Grand Garden Arena, including performances by the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, George Strait, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, U2, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Buffett and the Barbra Streisand Millennium Concert. The Grand Garden Arena also hosts a variety of special events and sporting events annually, including major awards shows, college basketball, and pre-season NHL and NBA games, among others. The Grand Garden Arena is operated by a joint venture, the interest of which is owned 50% by a subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and 50% by a subsidiary of AEG that also owns and operates T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.