MIAMI, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Mexican artists Molotov and Natalia Lafourcade along with Colombia's Juanes triumphed at the second annual MTV Video Music Awards Latin America (VMALA), broadcast live on MTV Latin America, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, as well as on MTV2 in the United States. Molotov dominated the event, winning four awards, including "Video Of The Year" and "Best Group/Duo", while Natalia Lafourcade won three awards including "Best Solo Act". Juanes won for the second year in a row, taking two awards home, including "Artist Of The Year". Mexico's international movie star Diego Luna returned to host the event which featured a one man performance by controversial Argentinean Fernando Pena, as well as the event's signature duets and artistic collaborations that combined the most vibrant talent and sounds representing artists from across the region, in a glittering celebration of music and Latin youth culture. The VMALAs will air on MTV in the US on November 1 at 11 PM ET, and is being made available to MTV's global networks of channels in Europe and the Asia-Pacific, as well as in Canada and Brazil, to a potential viewing audience of over one billion households. It will also air on selected broadcasters throughout Latin America to 48 million homes in the region. The show kicked off with "Los Black Stripes" an unprecedented collaboration of Latin music royalty (Ricky Martin, Juanes, Charly Alberti -- ex-Soda Stereo, Vicentico -- ex-Fabulosos Cadillacs, Alex Lora of El Tri, Plastilina Mosh, Andrea Echeverri of Aterciopelados, and Jorge Gonzalez from Los Prisioneros), performing a medley of tunes saluting 10 years of music that rocked Latin America and impacted youth culture across the region. Host Diego Luna made a star studded entrance, meeting TV star Erik Estrada, personality Daisy Fuentes, superstar Britney Spears, and soccer legend Maradona (masquerading as God!) en route to the stage, before being lowered into the house from the roof of the auditorium. The high-energy Spanish language ceremony was held at Miami's Jackie Gleason Theatre, and featured a diverse line-up of artists from across the region, Europe, and North America. In its second year, it is the premier pan- regional music event created especially for young Latin Americans. The show featured ground-breaking live performances and collaborations including La Ley mixing it up with Ely Guerra, Natalia Lafourcade with Control Machete, and Iggy Pop with Sum 41 closing the show with "Little Know It All" and "Lust For Life." Additional spectacular performances included Korn, premiering their single "Right Now" in their first-ever performance at an award show, Dido performing an acoustic version of her new track "White Flag," Alejandro Sanz performing his single "No Es Lo Mismo", Cafe Tacuba performing "Eres/Cero Y Uno", The Mars Volta performing "Drunkenship of Lanterns" and Gustavo Cerati singing "Artefacto." Argentinean Fernando Pena added a new dimension to the show with a controversial performance addressing a plethora of social issues that affect young Latin Americans including HIV/AIDS, drug use, hypocrisy, identity, disease, etc. MTV Latin America, which will shortly launch a comprehensive Public Affairs campaign, embraced the opportunity to provoke and empower viewers through the issues that Pena confronts. The winners of the MTV Video Music Awards Latin America 2003 are: Artist of the Year: Juanes Video of the Year: Molotov Best Solo Act: Natalia Lafourcade Best Group or Duo of the Year: Molotov Best Pop Artist of the Year: Natalia Lafourcade Best Rock Artist of the Year: Juanes Best Alternative Act: Molotov Best Rock Artist - International: Coldplay Best New Artist - Argentina: Vicentico Best Artist - Central: Libido Best Pop Act - International: Avril Lavigne Best New Artist - International: Evanescence Best Artist - Mexico: Molotov Best New Artist - Mexico: Natalia Lafourcade Best Artist - Argentina: Bersuit Vergarabat Best New Artist - Central: TK Best Independent Act: Hermanos Brothers In true MTV style, the VMALA's award is a tongue -- symbolizing the Spanish language that unites all Latin Americans throughout the region. Following its premiere on MTV Latin America and MTV2 in the US, the MTV VMALAs will be made available to MTV's 44 channels around the world and will be seen on select terrestrial outlets in Latin America. The MTV airings will include MTV US on November 1. Terrestrial outlets carrying the event include Televisa's Canal 5 in Mexico, RCTV in Venezuela, Ecuavisa in Ecuador, Medcom in Panama, Artear in Argentina, REDPAT in Bolivia, Caracol in Colombia and Colmed in the Dominican Republic, making the show available to 48 million households throughout the region. Charlie Singer (SVP Programming/Production, MTVN Latin America) executive produced. Audrey Morrissey ("Alejandro Sanz MTV Unplugged," "La Ley MTV Unplugged," "Conexion MTV") served as producer; and Manny Rodriguez ("Alejandro Sanz MTV Unplugged," "La Ley MTV Unplugged") directed; Jose Tillan (VP Music and Artist Relations, MTVN Latin America) supervised the musical content of the show. Sponsors for the "MTV Video Music Awards Latin America 2003" include Coca- Cola, Visa International Latin America and Caribbean, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, McDonalds, Panasonic, Yop and Sol. The VMALAs 2003 acknowledges 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 has a long history of creating exciting music events with 12 locally produced awards shows annually, around the world. Additional MTV award ceremonies include the MTV Japan Video Music Awards (Japan), MTV Asia Awards (Singapore), CCTV-MTV Mandarin Music Honors (China), MTV Mandarin Awards (Taiwan), MTV Philipinas (Philippines), MTV Penghargaan (Indonesia), MTV Europe Music Awards, Video Music Brasil Awards, MTV Movie Awards (US), MTV Video Music Awards (US) and the MTV India Music Excellence Awards premiering shortly. Many award shows such as the MTV Video Music Awards and the MTV Movie Awards are customized for international audiences by MTV channels around the world, offering viewers a unique local perspective to a global event. 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. MTV Networks International includes the premier multimedia entertainment brands MTV: Music Television, VH1, Nickelodeon, TMF (The Music Factory) and Game One seen in more than 380 million households in 166 countries and 18 languages via 44 locally programmed and operated TV channels and 22 Web sites. The company's diverse holdings also include interests in television syndication, publishing, home video, radio, recorded music, licensing & merchandising and two feature film divisions, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. MTV Networks is a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).
SOURCE MTV Networks Latin America