A slew of Latin artists, from pop star Ricardo Arjona to Brazilian icons Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and rockers Carla Morrison and Juanes, are nominated for Album of the Year for the 13th annual Latin Grammy Awards, airing live Nov. 15.
The avalanche of names is a result of the first year the awards include 10 nominations in the four categories in the General Field: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist.
With so many names in the fray, it was hard to determine what was what. But in terms of sheer numbers, the leading finalist was Juan Luis Guerra with six nods, including one for Record of the Year (for "En El Cielo No Hay Hospital") and two as songwriter for Song of the Year (for "En El Cielo No Hay Hospital" and "Azul Sabina" from Juanes' MTV Unplugged album).
Following Guerra in number of nominations is Mexican pop duo Jesse & Joy, whose song "Corre" has been a runaway hit in sales and radio. The duo is up for Album of the Year with Con Quien se Qeuda el Perro and Song and Record of the Year for "Corre."
Following with four nods each are pop star Ricardo Arjona, Edgar Barrera, Juanes, Carla Morrison, Arturo Sandoval, Ivete Sangalo and Caetano Veloso.
Nominations to the Latin Grammys are given in 47 categories in 18 fields, including Producer of the Year. There, the nominees are Moogie Canazio, Gregg Field & Arturo Sandoval, Sergio George, Juan Luis Guerra and Martin Terefe.
The Latin Grammys will air live on Univision from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.