Frontline workers performing with Pitbull at 21st Annual Latin GRAMMYs

Performance will honor their courageous efforts

The Latin Recording Academy has announced that frontline workers will join Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY winner Pitbull for a special performance during the 21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, in honor of their courageous efforts and continued support during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The band, made up of current frontline workers and responders, includes: Major Frank Fernandez on drums, physician’s assistant Debi Kuiper-Tomas on bass, and Captain Eddy Alarcon and Lieutenant Troy Maness on guitar. The performance will also feature background vocals by Sergeant Liz Bremer, labor and delivery registered nurse Kim Fleurinord, firefighter Adrian Ballard, and registered nurse, firefighter, paramedic and retired U.S. Air Force Major Marlon Ferdinand.

The Latin Recording Academy and its membership would like to take this opportunity to recognize the selfless work of all the frontline workers and health professionals who continue to labor heroically during these incredibly challenging times to help fight the spread of COVID-19. The resilience and strength that these brave men and women have shown embody the very values that we should try to uphold, not just within the music industry, but also as human beings.

“This year has been an extraordinary one and, as such, the 21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will not be about competition, but about showing solidarity, compassion and gratitude, in addition to using the power of music as a tool to become better people,” states Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy.

With the contribution of respected artist, entrepreneur and activist Pitbull, and following the theme “Music Makes Us Human,” the reimagined telecast will be a celebration of musical excellence through diverse stories of hope, community and a renewed sense of purpose.

The 21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will air on Univision on Thursday, November 19th at 8 pm ET/PT. The broadcast will also air on TNT at 19.00 (MEX)/20.00 (COL)/22.00 (ARG/CHI), and on Televisa’s Channel 5.

Due to the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will not have a live audience or a red carpet. The Latin Recording Academy, Univision and its production teams will adhere to strict safety guidelines and protocols.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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