Miami in running for Latin Grammy awards show

Published: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 1:32 a.m.

MIAMI - Organizers of the Latin Grammy awards are listing Miami as one of four cities under consideration to host this year's event, after threats of demonstrations drove away the show in 2001.

The Latin Recording Academy announced potential host cities Friday, but spokesman Ron Roecker said he could not describe the specifics of negotiations between the academy and likely venues for the event. He acknowledged that possible protests "will come up."

The show was moved from Miami in 2001 after Cuban exile groups threatened to protest the event because performers from the communist nation would have been allowed to perform. Organizers moved the show because of safety concerns.

But city and county officials, including Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas and Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, are lobbying for the show's return to South Florida.

"The Latin Grammys belong in Miami," Penelas said.

Other cities currently in the running as New York, San Juan and Los Angeles, which was the host city for last year's award show. Organizers said Friday the host city will be selected in a few weeks.

The date for this year's Latin Grammys has not been announced. The show will be broadcast by CBS.

MTV held its Latin video music awards in Miami Beach last October.

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