Hollywood rolled out the red carpet to welcome nominees, presenters and fans to El Premio de la Gente-Ritmo Latino Music Awards 2002. This is the only awards show in the Latino entertainment industry that permits fans to vote for their favorite artist. The award is popular with artists because it's a special recognition given by their fans.
This year's ceremony was held Friday, October 25 at the Kodak Theater. But before any awards were handed out many of the nominees strolled down the red carpet in their lavish eveningwear.
Eager to bring you exclusive red carpet news and photos was me, la entertainment editor de LatinoLA.
Among the first to set foot on the red carpet were Christian nominee Annette Moreno and ranchero group nominee Los Razos. Soon thereafter, all the "who's who" in the Latino music and television industry arrived. Even those who've been in hiatus were there.
Fernando Carillo, who's been the lead actor in famous novelas including "Abigail" and "Rosalinda," which also starred Thalia (now married to Tommy Motola) was there hanging out with his colleagues. The vibe he brought with him that night was just amazing! It was a blast talking with him; even hugs and kisses were exchanged. He has a charming personality that makes any girl feel special. Out of all the guys that were there, he was the only one that got me weak on the knees.
By the way, he smelled like a million bucks!
Others that left a good impression were husband and wife pair, Eduardo Palomo and Carina Ricco. Though Eduardo is widely known for his dramatic roles in novelas he's done a little bit of everything, including singing, writing and directing.
His 1993 role in the novela "Coraz?n Salvaje" brought him international fame. It's been reported that this highly acclaimed novela has been sold to more than 34 countries. In 1999 he was involved with Disney's animated movie, Tarzan as the voice of Tarzan for the Spanish version.
Like her husband, Carina has also had success. She was a professional model who later went into singing. She's been invited to important Latino festivals
such as "Vi?a del Mar" and "Festival Acapulco '94." When we spoke, she mentioned how excited she was to be working on her new album due out next
Two women making news before arriving on the red carpet were Pilar Montenegro and Jennifer Pe?a. Weeks prior to the awards there were rumors that one had said not so good things about the other. Seeing them both, just a few feet apart from one anther, made for a hot story.
Who knows what truth lies behind those rumors? They both, separately, talked with me briefly. Jennifer Pe?a's song "El Dolor de tu Presencia," has been number one for the last seven weeks. "I'm thrilled and happy," she exclaimed. "I'm proud that the people are being supportive; they've shown me a lot of affection. I'm really grateful for that."
Pilar, who won an award for New Artist of the Year that night, told me earlier how excited she was to be nominated four times. Back in the press room, minutes after she accepted her award, she informed the media she would receive a platinum album for all her record sales.
"I'm thankful to the people. All my respect and appreciation goes out to the public," she said.
Best-dressed male artist goes to Jerry Rivera --no longer being called "Cara de Ni?o"-- with his rugged good looks and muscle toned figure. He wore a stylish black suit that made him look older and mature, not like his typical baby face appearance.
There were plenty of low cut dresses getting everyone's attention that night. But the best-dressed female artist goes to Pilar Montenegro. The dress was a perfect choice. She was glamorous and beautiful.
Covering this event was huge for me. Perhaps it was beginners luck -- it was
my first time on the red carpet -- that helped me interview not one, nor two or three artists but many of them.
On the red carpet, I met the person who is being called the next Ricky Martin, Eddie
Mato. I also spoke with Susana Jimenez, an Argentinean talk show host, who's in
negotiation to do a new show. Then we had Brenda "La Reina de la Cumbia" who was a delight to talk to. She gave me her secret on how to maintain such an impressive body. The secret is in eating "tacos and cheese," she said. Watch for her new album soon to be released.
The excitement was definitely all on the red carpet. Even if Paulina Rubio and the guys from La Ley missed the red carpet buzz, I was thrilled to be exactly where I was. Not bad for a day's work, huh?
Winners at the Fourth Annual El Premio de la Gente-Ritmo Latino Music Awards
included La Ley, Alejandra Guzman, Joan Sebastian, and Alicia Villareal. If you want to check out the awards they will be televised by the Telemundo Network on December 8.