Early Grammys Honor Film, Latin Music
The Grammy for best motion picture song went to "Down To Earth" from the Disney/Pixar film "Wall-E." Thomas Newman, who co-wrote the song with singer Peter Gabriel, accepted the award. The song is also nominated for an Oscar.
"Define Dancing," another collaboration by Gabriel and Newman from "Wall-E," won a Grammy for best instrumental arrangement.
The film music Grammys were handed out today during the pre-telecast awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center.
In other early winners, best Latin pop album went to last year's Latin Grammy sweeper Juanes, for his "La Vida Es Un Ratico." Producer Gustavo Santaolalla accepted the award on behalf of the Colombian pop star.
Best Latin rock or alternative album went to veteran act Jaguares, for "45." Best Latin urban album went to Wisin & Yandel for "Los Extraterrestres," reprising their Latin Grammy win. There was a tie in the regional Mexican album category between two independent releases, the Mariachi Divas' "Canciones De Amor" and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano's "Amor, Dolor y Lagrimas."
Grammy favorites Joan Sebastian and Los Tigres del Norte won for best banda and best norteno album, respectively, for "No Es De Madera" and "Raices." Neither act was there to accept the award, prompting host and comedian Alex Raymundo to joke, "Apparently, there was a stop at the border checkpoint. There have been a lot of those tonight!"
Best Tejano album went to "Viva la Revolucion" by Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Jose Feliciano won for best tropical album for his Latin Grammy-winning "Senor Bachata."
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