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Alejandro Sanz Tops Latin Grammys With Three
Flamenco-influenced pop singer Alejandro Sanz was the big winner at the third annual Latin Grammy Awards, held last night at the Kodak Theater in L.A. His "MTV Unplugged" (WEA Latina) was named albumFlamenco-influenced pop singer Alejandro Sanz was the big winner at the third annual Latin Grammy Awards, held last night at the Kodak Theater in L.A. His "MTV Unplugged" (WEA Latina) was named album of the year, and the set's "Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte" took home honors for record of the year and song of the year. Sanz, who won in his three nominated categories, was last year's top winner with four.
Other multiple winners included Colombia's Carlos Vives and Mexico's Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos del Norte, with two apiece. Vives, who led nominations with six, won best tropical album for "Dejame Entrar" (EMI Latin), and shared songwriting honors for best tropical song for the album's title track.
Ayala and his group swept both of their nominated categories, winning best norteno album for "El Numero Cien" (Freddie Records) and best regional Mexican song for "Del Otro Lado Del Porton."
Vicente Fernandez, who was named person of the year, won for best ranchera album for his Sony Discos release "Mas Con El Numero Uno." The Mexican star, known as "the King of Ranchera Music," has recorded more than 55 albums for the Sony imprint.
Juanes, whose "Un Dia Normal" (Surco/Universal) is currently No. 4 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums tally, won best rock song with "A Dios Le Pido." The album, released in May, missed the eligibility period, which ran from April 1, 2001, to March 31, 2002.
Cuban-American singer Jorge Moreno won best new artist, and salsa star Celia Cruz, who was nominated in four categories, won best salsa album for "La Negra Tine Tumbao" (Sony Discos). A complete list of winners has been posted on the official Web site for the Latin Grammys.
Winners are decided by voting members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.