Latin Grammys to be held in Houston

April 9, 2008 5:23:36 AM PDT
City officials confirmed this morning that Houston will host the Latin Grammys.It took a lot of work to get the Latin Grammys show to Houston after several months of negotiations. Houston did have the best and final bid.

The Latin Grammys will be officially held at the Toyota Center. That announcement was made early this morning at a press conference. Mayor Bill White along with a contingent of organizers made it official by signing the contractual bongos.

It will be seen globally in more than 100 countries. The president of the Recording Academy says Houston was chosen after a very aggressive bid and its diversity. The award show promises to pump millions of dollars into the local economy.

"Estimates that there will be over $30 million in direct and indirect sales. So, that means more hotel rooms sold out, more restaurants, more jobs and employment and even more it helps create this image of Houston as a truly global city," said Mayor White.

"Houston was very aggressive this year and really stepping up and wanting us to be here so from a business standpoint they made a very aggressive proposal which is part of the mix," said Recording Academy President Neil Portnow.

The list of presenters hasn't been announced yet. Nominations for this year's awards will be announced Sept. 10. Eyewitness News has learned that Houston's own Beyonce may take part of the award show.

The Latin Grammys will air live November 13 from the Toyota Center.

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