MIAMI, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV Latin America announced today the return
of Diego Luna to host the second annual "MTV Video Music Awards Latin America
2003." The network also informed that ex-Soda Stereo Gustavo Cerati joins the
list of previously confirmed talent including Dido, Cafi Tacvba, Control
Machete, Alejandro Sanz, Sum 41, La Ley, Iggy Pop and Natalia Lafourcade.
Additionally, a new line-up of presenters and show participants was announced
including Juanes, Kelly Osbourne, Slash, Alex Lora, Molotov, Charly Alberti,
Kinky, Daisy Fuentes, Plastilina Mosh, Elan, Moenia, Aterciopelados, Mana, La
Oreja de Van Gogh, Zach de la Rocha and Los Prisoneros, among others.
The second annual VMALA event will take place Thursday, October 23, 2003
at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach and will air live on MTV Latin
America and MTV2 in the U.S. at 9:00 p.m. ET (8:00 p.m. Mexico, 10:00 p.m.
Chile and Argentina). Following its premiere, the event will air on MTV U.S.
on Saturday, November 1st at 8pm PT/ET and on MTV's 44 channels around the
world throughout November.
After his successful participation on the first MTV Video Music Awards
Latin America in 2002, Diego Luna is back to host the second edition of the
VMALAs. Diego's international film career is thriving, having recently
participated in "Open Range" alongside director and star Kevin Costner as well
as in "Frida" opposite Salma Hayek. He is currently promoting the film
"Nicotina" and stars in the sequel of 80's hit "Dirty Dancing," "Dirty
Dancing: Havana Nights" which will open in the US in February 2004. He will
also be seen in "Criminal" starring alongside John C. Reilly and this fall he
will begin shooting Dreamworks' "Terminal" alongside Tom Hanks for director
"As we get closer to the day of show, we really feel all the pieces are
coming to place," said Charlie Signer, Senior Vice President, Programming and
Production, MTV Networks Latin America. "Diego did a great job last year and
having had that experience we're sure this year he'll take it up another notch
and drive a really fun show. Also, having confirmed such powerful music
performances, along with a couple of nice surprises, will take this year's
show to another level".
"I'm honored to have been invited again to host the VMALAs," commented
Diego Luna. "I love the idea of living like a rock star, even if it's only
for one night! They're the ones who enjoy themselves the most: the best
parties, beautiful women and they don't have to get up early in the morning.
Last year I had an amazing time hosting the show, and I'm sure this one will
Argentine Gustavo Cerati, ex-lead man of legendary "rock en espaqol" band
Soda Stereo launched his latest album "Siempre es Hoy" in 2002 and in this
past year has toured many Latin American countries with great success. Cerati
is also nominated in four VMALA categories, including Best Video of the Year,
Best Male Solo, Best Rock Artist, and Best Artist in Argentina.
Additional personalities that will participate in this year's show include
multi-awarded Juanes, Ozzy's little girl Kelly Osbourne, ex-Guns & Roses'
Slash, El Tri's Alex Lora, Molotov, ex-Soda Stereo Charly Alberti, Mexicans
Kinky, ex-MTV VJ Daisy Fuentes, Plastilina Mosh, up and coming Mexican singer
songwriter Elan, Moenia, Colombian rock icons Aterciopelados, Mana, La Oreja
de Van Gogh, Rage Against the Machine's Zach de la Rocha and Los Prisioneros,
among many others. These celebrities add to previously announced presenters
Catupecu Machu, Miranda, Robbie Rosa, Vicentico, and Diego Torres.
Mexicans Cafi Tacuba, Natalia Lafourcade and Molotov, as well as Chilean
band La Ley, top this year's nominations with five each, followed by Argentine
Gustavo Cerati, Colombian Juanes, and Mexican band Mana with four and
Vicentico with three nominations.
Charlie Singer, SVP of Programming and Production, MTV Networks Latin
America will executive produce. Audrey Morrissey (a veteran of many MTV
productions and award shows, and producer of "Alejandro Sanz MTV Unplugged,"
"La Ley MTV Unplugged" and last year's VMALAs) will serve as producer; Manny
Rodriguez ("Alejandro Sanz MTV Unplugged," "La Ley MTV Unplugged") will direct
and Josi Tillan, VP of Music and Artist Relations, MTV Networks Latin America
will supervise the musical content of the show.
The Video Music Awards Latin America 2003 acknowledge the support of the
Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County
Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade
County Mayor, the Board of County Commissioners and the Miami Beach Visitor
and Convention Authority.
MTV Latin America, a unit of MTV Networks Latin America, Inc., is a 24-
hour Spanish-language cable television network that airs music programming to
more than 13 million households in Spanish-speaking Latin America. The
network is delivered via satellite to cable, MMDS, UHF broadcast and direct-
to-home viewers aged 12-34. MTV Networks Latin America, Inc., a unit of
Viacom International, owns and operates MTV Latin America and Nickelodeon
Latin America, which have regional headquarters in Buenos Aires, Mexico City
and Sao Paulo (for Nickelodeon only) and operating headquarters in Miami.
For information about show credentials, go to www.mtvla.com/prensa/vmala03
or call Erica Pedreguera at (305) 535-3788.
SOURCE MTV Networks Latin America