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Latin Grammys seeking host city

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MIAMI — Organizers of the Latin Grammy Awards are listing Miami as one of four cities under consideration to host this year's event, after threats of demonstrations drove away the show in 2001.

The Latin Recording Academy announced potential host cities last, but spokesman Ron Roecker said he could not describe the specifics of negotiations among the academy and likely venues for the event.

The show was moved from Miami in 2001 after Cuban exile groups threatened to protest the event because performers from the communist country would have been allowed to perform. Organizers moved the show to Los Angeles because of safety concerns.

Miami city and county officials, including Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas and Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, want the show to return.

"The Latin Grammys belong in Miami," Penelas said.

Other cities in the running are New York, Los Angeles and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Organizers said Friday the host city will be selected in a few weeks.

The date for the 2003 Latin Grammys has not been announced. The show will be broadcast by CBS.