The Latin Recording Academy and Univision Network today announced the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® will air Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, live on Univision from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with a three-hour star-studded telecast from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central), and a one-hour pre-show beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Nominees for the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be announced worldwide Sept. 20, 2017. On Nov. 15, The Latin Recording Academy will honor The Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and Special Awards (Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards) recipients during special presentations.
“The Latin GRAMMYs™ have become the premier U.S. and international musical showcase for Latin talent, diversity, relevance, and excellence and this year we are planning to bring our audience an even more spectacular evening celebrating the hard work, perseverance and achievements of those in our artistic communities,” said Gabriel Abaroa, President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “We are also delighted to continue a great collaboration process with Univision and look forward to working with them to create the most memorable experience for our viewers.”
The Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards is The Biggest Night in Latin Music® and has been recently attended by the most respected artists in the entertainment industry, including Marc Anthony, J Balvin, BIA, Angelique Boyer, Chris Brown, Kate del Castillo, Andrés Castro, Jackie Cruz, Luis Fonsi, Becky G, Juan Luis Guerra, Fifth Harmony, Enrique Iglesias, Nicky Jam, Juanes, Alicia Keys, Sean Kingston, Major Lazer, Jennifer Lopez, Diego Luna, Maluma, Maná, Ricky Martin, MØ, Rita Moreno, Omi, Gerardo Ortiz, Laura Pausini, Pharrell, Pitbull, Rachel Platten, Carlos Ponce, Reik, Sofia Reyes, Génesis Rodríguez, Prince Royce, Sebastián Rulli, Zoe Saldana, Roselyn Sánchez, Carlos Santana, Shakira, Will Smith, Diego Torres, Usher, Julieta Venegas, Carlos Vives, Il Volo, Dionne Warwick, Wisin, Yandel, Daddy Yankee, and many more.
“We are very proud to have this relationship with The Latin Recording Academy for more than one decade,” said Jorge “Pepo” Ferradas, president of music, Univision Communications Inc. “Every year more and more people enjoy this amazing show through all our platforms.”
Since the annual Latin GRAMMY Awards debuted on the Univision Network in 2005, the show has delivered strong audience levels each year, with the 2016 broadcast reaching 8.6 million total viewers 2+ in the United States and delivering more young adults than CBS, Fox and the CW on that night. The Latin GRAMMYs are one of Univision’s top rated and most engaged music broadcasts with the 17th annual edition ranking as the No. 1 most social program of the day, according to Nielsen.
Internationally, the telecast, distributed by Haber Entertainment, has reached more than 80 million viewers annually through over the air or by cable under an exclusive partnership with TNT Latin America, part of Turner Broadcasting System, a division of Time Warner.
The Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards actively embraces and engages audiences through its social media platforms to connect with fans. In addition to ranking as the No. 1 most social program, last year’s show was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, garnering more than 14 billion global impressions, and consolidating its position as the highest profile celebration of Latin music with a massive social media fan base of more than 4.3 million followers across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.