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Singer Jennifer Lopez will pay tribute to late salsa queen Celia Cruz during her performance at the American Music Awards gala, a “fiesta” that this year will have a Latino flavor with Pitbull as master of ceremonies, organizers said.
The Nov. 24 ceremony will be broadcast on live television from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.
“Jennifer holds Celia in such high esteem that paying her tribute with her songs came naturally,” AMA executive producer Larry Klein told Efe on Wednesday.
Klein said that Lopez will honor the memory of the legendary Cuban singer with a potpourri of some of her most famous numbers, although he did not reveal which ones “because it’s going to be a surprise.”
However, he said that it will be a great show with lots of dancing given that Lopez will go onstage accompanied by more than 30 dancers.
“We’ll bring dancers who will come from countries like Colombia; it will be a big show in honor of Celia,” he said.
Celia Cruz, who on Oct. 21 would have turned 88 years old, was one of the most representative Latino artists in an industry that has managed to place its idols right in the middle of the Anglo market.
Cruz died July 16, 2003, in New Jersey.
The AMA will also celebrate at this edition of the awards the 15-year anniversary of the creation of a prize for Latino music, the “Favorite Artist - Latin” award, which is being vied for this year by Marc Anthony, Prince Royce and Romeo Santos.