Iglesias to be tapped person of the year

MIAMI — The second edition of the Latin Grammys will be held in Miami on Sept. 12, Recording Academy execs and local politicos will announce today.

The inaugural Latin Grammys were held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, home to the regular Grammys.

The 2001 show will be held at Miami’s American Airlines Arena. The Latin Grammys will also honor Julio Iglesias as person of the year Sept. 10; Emilio Estefan was tapped for that honor in 2000.

Miami had lost out last year to L.A. in part due to a Miami-Dade County anti-Cuba ordinance — since rendered unconstitutional — that would have prohibited Cubans from performing at the awards.Since then, local politicians have been wooing the Recording Academy, and pledged to raise the $1 million the Academy required to relocate the kudocast.

Recording Academy prexy/CEO Michael Greene will be on hand to make today’s announcement, along with Mauricio Abaroa, senior VP and exec director of the Latin Recording Academy, and Jack Sussman, senior VP of specials for CBS.

They will be joined by Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas, Miami City Mayor Joe Carollo, Miami Beach Mayor Neisin Kasdin, and, notably, Jorge Mas Santos, president of the anti-Castro Cuban-American Foundation, among others.

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