Latin Grammy Awards Hit Roadblock On Way To Miami

Although Miami serves as the home base for Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, and other Latin music superstars, plans to make that Florida city the home of the first-ever Latin Grammy Awards has hit a major roadblock.

Miami (and all of Dade County) has a so-called "trading with the enemy" law on the books that forbids doing business with Cuban interests. The controversial ordinance consequently bans Cuban musicians from playing public buildings in Dade County, making a change of venue likely for the proposed awards show (which is co-sponsored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences as well as the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences).

The relocation of the Latin Grammy Awards would mean a loss of $35 million for the Miami area.

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