American Music Awards
Capone, Sanz Top Latin Grammy Nominees
Producer Tom Capone leads the nominees for the fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards, set to air Sept. 1 live on CBS from the Shrine Audiorium in Los Angeles.Producer Tom Capone leads the nominees for the fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards, set to air Sept. 1 live on CBS from the Shrine Audiorium in Los Angeles. Capone garnered five nominations, while Álvaro Alencar, Bebo Valdéz, Alejandro Sanz and Maria Rita each pulled down four nods.
Capone is up for producer of the year, album of the year and best engineered album for Rita's self-titled set (Warner Music Brasil). He also netted two nominations in the record of the year category, for Rita's "A Festa" and Skank's "Dois Rios" (Epic).
Other contenders for record of the year are Robi Draco Rosa's "Mas y Mas" (Columbia Records/Phantom Vox), the title tracks of Sanz's "No Es Lo Mismo" (Warner Music Latina) and Valdés and Diego El Cigala's "Lágrimas Negras" (Calle 54/BMG) and "Andar Conmigo" by Julieta Venegas (BMG Mexico/Ariola).
Sanz, Rita and Valdés and Cigala are also up for album of the year, alongside Kevin Johansen's "Sur O No Sur" (Sony Discos) and Café Tacuba's "Cuatro Caminos" (Universal Music Mexico).
Other multiple-category nominees include Café Tacuba, Cigala, Rosa, Johansen, Mick Guzauski, Javier Limón, Pepe Loeches, Rafa Sardina and Venegas, who garnered three nods apiece.
Winners are chosen by members of the Latin Recording Academy, which includes Spanish and Portuguese-speaking recording artists and professionals. For the second straight year, comedian George Lopez will host the event.