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POP SUPERSTAR EROS RAMAZZOTTI TO BE HONORED AT AMBASSADOR'S BALL IN HOLLYWOOD, FLA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or elissa@niaf.org


(Washington, D.C. --- February 29, 2008) Eros Ramazzotti, one of Italy’s most popular singers, will receive a Special Achievement Award in Music at the Ambassador’s Ball hosted by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). The black-tie event will be held at the Westin Diplomat and Spa in Hollywood, Fla., on April 4 and features a 7 p.m. reception followed by dinner.

Italy’s Ambassador to the Unites States H.E. Giovanni Castellaneta will present the NIAF award to Ramazzotti before more than 800 guests.

Ramazzotti will join other distinguished performers who have received NIAF awards in the field of music including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Henry Mancini, Perry Como, Liza Minnelli and Jon Bon Jovi.

Italy’s Consul General in Miami Marco Rocca, prominent Italian and Italian-American business executives, fashion designers and community leaders will attend NIAF Ambassador’s Ball. The evening will also showcase Florida’s vibrant international community.

Born in Rome, Ramazzotti began singing at the age of 18. In 1984, he won the “Newcomer” award at Italy’s popular San Remo Festival, and in 1986 won the Festival in the main category, with "Adesso Tu", which launched his music career. Ramazzotti is known as one of the most successful European singers, releasing 11 albums in both Italian and Spanish. During his 25-year career he has sold more than 40 million records worldwide with albums reaching number one on European and Latin charts.

Among his awards, Ramazzotti received the Echo Music Award for Best International Male Artist in 1998. During his career, he has worked with a variety of singers including Andrea Bocelli, Tina Turner, Cher, and Luciano Pavarotti and many others. Ramazzotti released his latest album, e², in October 2007. The album features collaborations with Ricky Martin, Carlos Santana, and Wylcef Jean. To date, his new release has sold more than one and half million copies.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. Visit our Web site at www.niaf.org




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