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Latin Grammys to Be Moved to L.A.

August 20, 2001

MIAMI (AP) _ The Latin Grammy Awards will be moved from Miami to Los Angeles because of fears Cuban exile protesters will threaten the safety of performers and attendees.

``September 11 we will not be in the AmericanAirlines Arena. We will be at the Great Western Forum,″ said Michael Greene, president and CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and the Latin Recording Academy.

Miami city officials agreed Sunday to let protesters demonstrate in a three-block area near the AmericanAirlines Arena, but academy officials wanted protesters to be kept farther away.

Greene cited protests held in 1999 when the Cuban group Los Van Van performed in Miami. Batteries and eggs were thrown at ticket holders as they arrived, he said.

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