Sync/Son By Four Plan Latin Grammys Duet
first-ever Latin Grammy Awards show is shaping up to be a cornucopia of
multiculturalism. Billboard has learned that among the highlights in the works
for the Sept. 13 event is a vocal pairing of current Latin Tracks chart-toppers
Son By Four and pop superstars 'N Sync.
As reported earlier this week, the show will feature six bilingual hosts for the evening. Already confirmed are Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan, Antonio Banderas, Jimmy Smits, and Andy Garcia.
Neither CBS, which will air the event, nor the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and its sister organization, the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (LARAS), have confirmed performers for show, to be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
But sources say those slated to appear include Christina Aguilera, Carlos Santana (in a duet with Mexican rock group Maná), Lopez (singing her Grammy-nominated duet "No Me Ames" with Marc Anthony), Shakira, and Ricky Martin. Celia Cruz will appear as part of a tribute to the late Tito Puente.
Son By Four, whose Grammy-nominated hit "Purest Of Pain (A Puro Dolor)" has been topping charts for months, will pair up with the boys from 'N Sync, who will reportedly do some singing in Spanish.
The two-hour show will be the first bilingual broadcast ever to air on network television during prime time. It will be broadcast around the world, either simultaneously or live on tape.