Draco Rosa and Mexico's Maná Performing Together at Billboard Latin Music Award
Mexico's most successful rock band Maná and award-winning singer/songwriter Draco Rosa will debut their single "Penelope" at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 25.
Presented by State Farm, the program will air at 7 p.m./6c live from BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida and will include performances by some of the biggest names in Latin music. Rosa returns to the stage after battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for the last two years. It was during that time that the artist conceived the album Vida (Life), a symbolic gesture to his recovery.
"Staying connected through music is a beautiful thing," Rosa recently told Billboard. "I am thankful to my fans and everyone who embraced this project. To say you're cancer free is a great feeling."
Draco's album, which became his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, features 16 duets with artists from variety of genres. In addition to Maná, Rosa also performs with Shakira, Juan Luis Guerra, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz, Ricky Martin and Juanes, among others.
Maná, featuring Fher Olvera, AlexGonzalez, Sergio Vallin and Juan Calleros, is a five-time finalist this year at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. The revered band last year released "Exiliados en la Bahía (Lo Mejor de Maná),” a compilation of the group's music from the last two decades.
Draco and Maná's performance will be included in the telecast along with previously announced musical guests including Marc Anthony, Daddy Yankee, Roberto Tapia, Romeo Santos, Tito El Bambino, Juan Luis Guerra, Don Omar, La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho, Gerardo Ortiz, Michel Telo and Carlos Vives.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards is the longest-running awards show in Latin music and honors the most popular albums, songs and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales, radio play, streaming and social data that informs Billboard's weekly charts.
The awards show takes place during the same week as the Billboard Latin Music Conference, presented by State Farm, April 23-25 at the JW Marriot Marquis in Miami, Fla. For more information about the Billboard Latin Music Conference, please go to BillboardLatinConference.com.
By Justino Aguila, Los Angeles | April 08, 2013 4:59 PM EDT