Telemundo to Produce Tribute Concert: ¡CELIA CRUZ: AZUCAR!

Gloria Estefan and Marc Anthony will host the 2-hour musical extravaganza

Miami, FL – 4 de febrero del 2003…Telemundo is proud to announce it will produce and air an unprecedented event:  the tribute concert “¡Celia Cruz: Azúcar!” honoring the undisputed queen of salsa, Celia Cruz.  Two of the most legendary Latin entertainers of our times, Gloria Estefan and Marc Anthony, will host the special event on Telemundo.  The air date will be announced at a later time.

“¡Celia Cruz: Azúcar! will feature exciting performances of top stars in the music industry as they come together to pay tribute to the most loved and admired “guarachera” and her longstanding career.

“We are extremely proud and thrilled to be the producers of something so special”, said Manuel Martínez-Llorán, Executive Vice President of Programming and Production for Telemundo.  “Celia has always been part of our family and we’ve always had her unconditional support for all of our programs and events, it fills us with joy to be able to humbly show her what she means to Telemundo and to her fans”.

Celia Cruz has recorded more than 70 albums, which have garnered numerous gold and platinum records, plus more than a hundred awards from prestigious institutions worldwide.  She has received fifteen Grammy Award nominations, winning it for the first time in 1989.  True to her winning tradition, this great interpreter has made Latin Grammy history: since the award was introduced in 2000, Celia has won it three times.

Telemundo, a U.S. Spanish Language television network, is the essential entertainment, news and sports source for Hispanics.  Broadcasting unique national and local programming for the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, Telemundo reaches 91% of U.S. Hispanic viewers through its 13 owned and operated stations, more than 30 broadcast affiliates with distribution to more than 42.5 cable systems in 115 markets.  Telemundo is a wholly-owned and operated subsidiary of NBC, the nation’s leading broadcast network.

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