By James Klein
NEW YORK (KPRENSA) The 7th Annual Latin Grammy Awards nominations were announced this week at a press conference at Madison Square Garden in New York. Artists presenting the nominations included Obie Bermúdez, Tego Calderón, Calle 13, Fonseca, Alejandra Guzmán, India, and Los Tigres Del Norte. The nominations celebrated both established artists and emerging talent. The 7th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be awarded on Nov.2.
Colombian singer/songwriter Shakira leads the nominations with five; Ricardo Arjona, Gustavo Cerati and Julieta Venegas garner four apiece; Calle 13, Chayanne, Gustavo Celis, Fonseca, Cachorro López, and Joan Sebastian are among those who earned three nods each; Cabas, Café Tacuba, Diego El Cigala, Alejandra Guzmán, Sergio Mendes, Ricardo Montaner, Maria Rita, Gilberto Santa Rosa and Bebo Valdés each received two nominations.
“This year’s nominations truly reflect a dynamic and vibrant community of music makers that includes artists, producers, engineers, songwriters and everyone involved in the creative process,” said Latin Recording Academy President Gabriel Abaroa. “In our seventh year, the spotlight continues to shine not only on established performers but on emerging and longstanding creative professionals who usually remain behind the scenes. It’s inspiring to see so many albums, songs, and music makers getting due recognition from their peers, as well as such a cross section of genres being recognized within some of the categories. There will be much to celebrate on Nov. 2.”
Shakira’s five nominations include: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Short Form Music Video for “La Tortura,” and Album Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Album for Fijación Oral Vol. 1. In addition to Shakira, a contingent of diverse musicians including Pepe Aguilar, Belanova, The Black Eyed Peas, Andrea Bocelli, Café De Los Maestros, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Luis Fonsi, Gilberto Gil, India, La Oreja De Van Gogh, Los Tigres Del Norte, Pablo Montero, Nortec Collective, Carlos Ponce, RBD, Rick Rubin, Kike Santander, Gustavo Santaolalla, Alejandro Sanz, Lalo Schifrin, Sin Bandera, Olga Tañon, Thalia, Wisin & Yandel each earned nominations.
Earning four nods each were Guatemalan singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for “Acompáñame A Estar Solo,” Best Male Pop Vocal Album (Adentro), and Best Short Form Music Video (“Mojado”); Argentinian guitarist/vocalist Gustavo Cerati for Best Rock Song (“Crimen”), Best Rock Solo Vocal Album (Ahi Vamos), and two nominations in Album Of The Year (artist/producer for his own Ahi Vamos and producer on Shakira’s Fijación Oral Vol. 1); and Mexican singer/songwriter Julieta Venegas for Record Of The Year and Best Short Form Music Video for “Me Voy,” and Album Of The Year and Best Alternative Album for Limón Y Sal.
Among those who earned three nominations apiece were Calle 13 for Best Urban Music Album (Calle 13), Best Short Form Music Video (“¡Atrévete Te, Te!”), and Best New Artist; Chayanne for Album Of The Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Album for Cautivo, and Best Short Form Music Video (“Te Echo De Menos”); engineer/producer Gustavo Celis for Re-cord Of The Year (Shakira’s “La Tortura”), Album Of The Year and Best Engineered Album (Shakira’s Fijación Oral Vol. 1); Fonseca for Record Of The Year and Best Tropical Song for “Te Mando Flores,” and Best Contemporary Tropical Album (Corazón); producer Cachorro López for Record Of The Year (Julieta Venegas’ “Me Voy”), Album Of The Year (Julieta Venegas’ Limón Y Sal) and Producer Of The Year; and Joan Sebastian for Best Banda Album (Más Allá Del Sol), Best Grupero Album (En El Auditorio Nacional) and Best Regional Mexican Song (“Más Allá Del Sol”).
In total, the 7th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will present awards in 47 categories. The awards show will be broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8 11 p.m. ET/PT and will be supported on radio via Univision Radio, and highlighted on the Internet by Univision Online at www. latingrammy.univision.com.