NEW YORK Bringing together two generations of chart-topping Latin musicians, pop sensation Ricky Martin will perform with veteran rocker Carlos Santana in a television special in November.
Martin collected five MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday for "Livin' la Vida Loca." He also said he plans to shoot a video with Madonna for "Be Careful (Cuidado Con Mi Corazón)" (RealAudio excerpt), their duet from his hit album Ricky Martin.
"You just have to hold onto those moments they're precious, they're gems," Martin said backstage at the awards ceremony at New York's Metropolitan Opera House. "I'm going to be able to perform with Santana ... it's been a beautiful journey, I'm really happy" (RealAudio excerpt of interview).
The special, scheduled to be taped in New York this month, will air Nov. 26 on CBS.
Santana's band, which sports his surname and had such hits as "Evil Ways" and "Black Magic Woman" in the early 1970s, has enjoyed a major resurgence this year. The band's latest album, Supernatural, is at #4, and climbing, on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It includes the pop hit "Smooth" (RealAudio excerpt), which features Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas.
Martin, a former member of teen-pop group Menudo, has enjoyed a resurgence himself with his eponymous first English-language album. Perched in the Billboard top 10 all summer, the LP has been certified quintuple-platinum for shipments of 5 million copies. Martin's awards Thursday night included Best Pop Video and Best Dance Video.
Martin said another Latin musician, flamenco guitarist José Feliciano, also will perform with him in the TV special. Feliciano, 54, had a hit in 1968 with a version of the Doors' "Light My Fire."
Martin emphasized that the plan to shoot a video with Madonna is tentative. "We're just putting things together with her itinerary and mine, but hopefully it will [be] shot in Puerto Rico" (RealAudio excerpt of interview).
A spokesperson for Madonna did not return a call for comment by press time.
Martin said "Be Careful (Cuidado Con Mi Corazón)" will be his album's fourth single.
Martin performed "Livin' la Vida Loca" and another single, "She's All I Ever Had," at the MTV ceremony.