By: Valerie Milano
Miami, FL (The Hollywood Times) 4/24/12 – The most important week in Latin Music and entertainment kicked off with a fashion show and luncheon honoring Latin women in music. In it’s 23rd edition, yesterday was The Latin Billboard Awards and conference. Donna Karan joined forces with Billboard and provided the attendees with fashion.
“We are thrilled to be here for the first time and we are celebrating Latin Women in the music industry. This is a fantastic event. We have fashion, music, we have artistry, we have business women and we are all joined by our love and interest in Latin music”, Leila Cobo, Executive Director of Billboard Latin formats told THT. The awards show caps off the 23rd annual Billboard Latin Music Conference presented by State Farm. This conference, taking place this week, April 23–26 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, Florida, unites today’s top Latin music artists and key Latin music industry influencers for informative panel discussions, live music showcases, networking opportunities, a Latin music marketing awards reception, and The Billboard Bash – a pre-Billboard Latin Music Awards party featuring performances by some of this year’s finalists. The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales and radio airplay data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts during a one-year period from the issue dated February 5, 2011 through this year’. More reporting to come this week.