SUPERSTAR JUAN GABRIEL TO RECEIVE THE STAR AWARD AND PERFORM AT THE 2016 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS “BILLBOARD DUETS” APRIL 28 ON TELEMUNDO

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SUPERSTAR JUAN GABRIEL TO RECEIVE THE STAR AWARD AND PERFORM AT THE 2016 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS “BILLBOARD DUETS” APRIL 28 ON TELEMUNDO

Miami, FL April 14, 2016 – International icon Juan Gabriel will be honored with the Telemundo Star Award at the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards. The noteworthy accolade recognizes the achievements of a musical artist beyond the realm of the performance. 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 at 7pm/6c by the acclaimed red carpet preshow “La Alfombra de Premios Billboard.”

Juan Gabriel is recognized worldwide as a singer, composer, producer, actor and philanthropist. His contribution to Latin music throughout the past 45 years is unparalleled. He has sold over 100 million copies of his albums and has performed sold-out concerts throughout the world. His songs have been interpreted by over 1500 artists and groups, and have been translated to many languages, including Turkish, Tagalog, Greek and Japanese. His music has crossed through a variety of genres including pop, ballads, rancheras, flamenco, and new age, achieving numerous hits for himself as well as leading Latin artists including Angelica Maria, Lucha Villa, Ana Gabriel, Luis Miguel and Rocio Durcal. Juan Gabriel has also produced albums for Rocio Durcal, Lucha Villa, Lola Beltran, and Paul Anka.

With the highest-grossing Latin touring act of 2015, the renowned showman is back at the top of the Latin music scene. In January of this year, Juan Gabriel made history becoming the first living act to rule the top three on the Top Latin Albums chart with “Los Duo 2 (No. 1),” “Los Duo (No. 2),” and “Mis Numero 1 … 40 Aniversario (No. 3).” In addition, the life of the Mexican icon will be featured on the small screen through TELEMUNDO, when the network broadcasts this year the much-anticipated bio-musical series titled “Hasta que te conoci”.

Juan Gabriel will also delight viewers with a special performance, joining previously announced performances by Juanes, Lucero, Yandel, Natalia Jimenez, Marc Anthony, Nicky Jam, Victor Manuelle, Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga, Marco Antonio Solis, Alejandro Fernandez with Camila Fernandez, and Daddy Yankee with Don Omar.

Presenters of the awards show, which will be hosted by Gaby Espino and Pedro Fernandez, include: Adriana Lima, Dr. Ana Maria Polo, Andres Cantor, Angelica Vale, Blanca Soto, Carmen Aub, Don Francisco, Edith Gonzalez, El Dasa, Fernanda Castillo, Giselle Blondet, Maria Celeste Arraras, Michael Buffer, Patricia Manterola, Rafael Amaya and Raul Gonzalez

Previous winners of the Telemundo Star Award include Marc Anthony, Alejandro Fernandez, Ricky Martin, Ana Gabriel and Thalia.

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 [email protected].

BLMA Tweet: Latin superstar @soyjuangabriel to receive special award at #Billboards2016 April 28 at 8pm/7c on @TELEMUNDO

Billboard is the world’s most influential music brand, built on the most complete and well-respected database of charts across all music genres. The Billboard charts define success in music. From the iconic Billboard magazine to Billboard.com, the ultimate consumer-facing destination for millions of passionate music fans, to the industry’s most elite conference series and influencer events including the Power 100 and Women in Music – the Billboard brand has unmatched authority among fans, artists and the industry alike. Billboard was named the leading U.S. brand on Twitter, surpassing the NFL, ESPN, BuzzFeed and MTV, with 6.1 million engaged actions in Q3 2015, and named an overall Top 10 U.S. Media Publisher in December 2015 with 11.8 million social actions. Billboard has a social media footprint of 10.6 million social followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Billboard magazine has scored major news-generating covers recently including Nicki Minaj, Lana Del Rey, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. In December 2015, the Billboard Women in Music ceremony, which honored Lady Gaga as Woman of the Year, was presented to a mass audience for the first time via Lifetime, the exclusive broadcast partner.

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About TELEMUNDO:

TELEMUNDO is a world-class media company leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. The network features original scripted dramas from Telemundo Studios – the #1 producer of Spanish-language primetime content – as well as non-scripted productions, theatrical motion pictures, specials, news and first-class sports events, reaching 94% of U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through its 17 owned stations and 52 broadcast and MVPD affiliates. TELEMUNDO is part of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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