World Music Awards Joins Forces with Haitian Government to Raise Funds for Sandy Victims

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The World Music Awards will hold its 22nd Annual Awards Ceremony at the State-of-the-art-Venue, Marlins Park, Honoring the Best-Selling, Most Popular Recording Artists.

Rhianna Accepting WMA Award

The countdown to the 2012 World Music Awards has begun, and on December 22, 2012, World Music Awards will stage the biggest international Awards show in Miami, and raise money for Sandy victims in Haiti. The show is being labeled the “Ultimate International Event of the Year” and will be beamed to 180 countries reaching a billion viewers while bringing awareness to the beautiful island of Haiti and the difficulties it is facing after Storm Sandy and the Earthquake.

Never before has an award show been staged in such a huge venue, Marlins Park in Miami, FL, a state-of-the-art ballpark with a seating capacity of over 37,000. With its incredible retractable roof and breathtaking view overlooking the downtown Miami skyline, Marlins Park is the perfect setting for the only music award ceremony that recognizes world-class talent from every continent.

The World Music Awards are determined by the fans themselves, who vote and buy the records, not through an industry panel or jury. In just 8 days, the world’s best-selling, most popular artists from each and every continent will be honored at the most anticipated international music event of the year. Jennifer Lopez has already confirmed her support for the cause and will receive a special World Music Award and also enter into the Guinness World Records for having the Most Viewed Female Video of All Time, “On the Dance Floor.” Tony Bennett, the legendary Jazz Icon, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award on the big night for his incredible record sales and outstanding contribution to music. He will perform one of his Latin duets with a surprise guest star. Gloria Estefan, the queen of Miami, will also be honored for her large impact to the music industry. Earth, Wind & Fire will receive a Legend Award for their exceptional influence to Soul & Funk. Also confirmed to perform live in Miami is five-time Grammy nominee, Miguel, Hip Hop sensation, Pusha T, the latest British R & B superstar Labrinth, Israel rock star, Asaf Avidan, African icon, Dbanj, Brazil’s number one act, Michel Telo, Italian pop idol, Tiziano Ferro, French rap star, Booba, Malaysian pop diva, Shila Amzah and Chinese superstar, Han Geng. Miami based N.E.R.D., who are big supporters of Haiti and the World Music Awards, as having performed in 2010, will be there in full-force on the big night. More artists will be released on a daily basis leading up to the show.

The World Music Awards has an incredible history, with past performers that include, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West, Usher, Alicia Keys, Pink, Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Maroon 5, Enrique Iglesias, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and many others. “We are delighted to bring the 2012 World Music Awards to the most exciting multi- cultural city in America and we are even more honored to be working with Ms. Bernice Fidelia, Director of the Diaspora Liaison for Haitian President, Michel J. Martelly. The Ambassador is rallying artist support and is promoting the sale of tickets which will go to benefit the construction of a World Music Awards orphanage. Of all the places hit by Storm Sandy, Haiti suffered the most and there are still 300,000 without lodging. World Music Awards mission is to bring relief to those in need and our orphanage will provide shelter for many homeless children,” states John Martinotti, Co-Founder & Executive Producer. The WMA’s has an amazing track record of helping those less fortunate around the world and since its inception in 1989, 23 hospitals, schools and orphanages have been built. (see charity endeavors on worldmusicawards.com)

About Marlins Park: Marlins Park is located in the heart of Miami, on the historic Orange Bowl site. The ballpark features an open 360-degree Promenade Level, giving fans a live view of the playing field no matter where they are, as well as incredible food options at The Clevelander, Taste of Miami, concessions and shops on the West Plaza. Marlins Park represents the next generation of ballparks. Its curvilinear shape and contemporary design renders Marlins Park an innovative structure veering far from the traditional. A leader in environmental design, Marlins Park features a state-of-the-art retractable roof and six operable glass panels overlooking the downtown Miami skyline. The pioneering design of Marlins Park will set the tone for ballparks to come. Please visit marlins.com for more information.

Tickets: To purchase tickets and/or reserve parking, go to marlins.com, call 877.MARLINS, or visit the Marlins box office, open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, and on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM

Contact Information to Schedule Press Conferences & Red Carpet Interviews:
For US Press Contact:

Brandi M. Kolosky, World Music Awards Public Relations & Marketing Director Miami

Email:     Brandi(at)WorldMusicAwards(dot)com
Direct:     786 879 4641

For European Press Contact:

Julius Just, World Music Awards Public Relations Director UK & Europe

Email:     Julius(at)justassociates(dot)com
Direct:     +44 796 688 2510

Richard Barnes, World Music Awards Press Officer for International Press & Electronic Media

Email:     Rbarnes(at)monaco(dot)mc
Direct:    +33 661 795 283

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