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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Smits, Estefan To Host Latin Grammys
August 20, 2002
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Actor Jimmy Smits and pop star Gloria Estefan and have agreed to host this year's Latin Grammys ceremony.
The duo also co-hosted the event's inaugural celebration in 2000 with Andy Garcia and Jennifer Lopez.
Smits was also set to headline last year's show with Christina Aguilera before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks prompted its cancellation.
The ceremony is set to be telecast live by CBS on Sept. 18 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Smits, whose parents were from Puerto Rico and Suriname, is co-owner of The Conga Room for Latin music in Los Angeles. He is best known for his roles on the TV shows ``L.A. Law'' and ``NYPD Blue'' and had a small role in this summer's ``Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones.''
Estefan, who was born in Cuba, is considered one of the most successful Latin artists to cross over into the mainstream. She has won a Latin Grammy and three regular Grammy awards.
The leading nominee for the upcoming Latin Grammy Awards is Colombian artist Carlos Vives with six, while salsa diva Celia Cruz holds four.