Latin Grammy voters gave a big thumbs up to developing acts by awarding Mexican trio Camila -- a group that has taken Latin pop in a new direction -- major awards during the 11th annual Latin Grammys.

The act's hit single, "Mientes," penned by lead vocalist Mario Domm with songwriter Monica Velez, won record and song of the year, while its album "Dejarte De Amar" (Sony) won best pop album by a duo or group with vocal.

"Dejarte de Amar" is Camila's sophomore set, released nearly four years after its 2006 successful debut, "Todo Cambió," which got a song of the year nod, but didn't win. In its follow-up, Camila demonstrated it wasn't a fluke, once again garnering critical and commercial success and tying in sheer number of wins with a veteran act, Juan Luis Guerra.

It was Guerra's elegant rendition of tropical music -- "A Son De Guerra" (Capitol Latin) -- that finally took the album of the year award, as well as best contemporary tropical album, while his song "Bachata en Fukuoka" won for best tropical song.

In picking up his award, Guerra called for "justice and integrity" for Latin countries and elaborated backstage. "This is an album full of romanticism, but it's also an album that calls for integrity and for morals," said Guerra, who performed in the show with trumpeter Chris Botti.

The other multiple winner of the evening was Gustavo Cerati, whose "Fuerza Natural" won best rock album, while his song "Déjà vu" won best rock song. In turn, art director Roy García won best recording package for Cerati's album. Cerati was not only the sentimental favorite -- he's been in a coma since he collapsed after a concert last May -- but his wins were also to be expected in fields with very little competition.

But overall, the Latin Grammys in key categories belonged to acts that tended to be less established or more eclectic. In the competed best urban album category, the nod went to newcomers Chino y Nacho for their breakthrough album "Mi Niña Bonita" (Machete), while alt/rapper Mala Rodríguez won for best urban song with "No Pidas Perdón" (Universal), winning over powerhouses like Daddy Yankee and Don Omar. Best alternative song went to "De Donde Vengo Yo," a track by Colombian up-and-comers ChocQuibTown (nominated for best new artist last year), while best traditional tropical album went to another developing act, Buika (who coincidentally is also fond of turbans, as is Gloria "Goyo" Martínez, lead singer for ChocQuibTown).

This year's best new artist award went to Alex Cuba, a singer/songwriter who is virtually unknown at a commercial level but who often co-writes with Nelly Furtado. "I live in Canada and I make music from another mental sphere," said Cuba, who records for indie Caracol Records. "That's allowed me to create with a lot of liberty."

Tradition was far more prevalent in the regional Mexican categories, were newcomers were even absent from the nominations. Vicente Fernández won best ranchero album for "Necesito de tí" (Sony), while two veteran bands -- El Recodo and La Original Banda el Limón -- tied in the best Banda album for "Me Gusta Todo de Tí" and "Soy tu maestro," respectively, both on Fonovisa. Best Norteño album went to Grupo Pesado for "Desde la cantina, Vol 1" (Disa), while best regional Mexican song went to Yoel Henriquez and Paco Lugo for "Amarte a la Antigua," performed by Pedro Fernández. In a glitch, the award was not given to the songwriters along with Fernández, who was quick to acknowledge Henríquez onstage, but not quick enough; the composer's acceptance speech was cut off.

But overall, it was a balanced telecast that featured several memorable performances, despite an overdose of dancers.

Standouts included a Enrique Iglesias medley where he performed new single "No me digas que no" with Wisin & Yandel and his hit "I Like It," both amplified by a marching that delivered an extra and surprising kick to the tracks. Marc Anthony, who lost the best male pop vocal album award to Alejandro Sanz (who won for "Paraíso Express"), performed his single "Y Quien es el" with its composer and original interpreter, José Luis Perales.

It wasn't the only throwback to the past: Prince Royce performed "Stand By Me" with Ben E. King, an idea Royce attributed to show producer Cisco Suárez (and by the way, the track, recorded just two weeks ago, is already available in iTunes). And Ricky Martin debuted his new single, "Lo mejor de mi vida eres tú," alongside Natalia Jiménez.

Near the end of the show, there was a performance by Chino y Nacho -- who should have been up for best new artist, and ChocQuibTown, who should have won the category last year. It was a hopeful moment for what may come for Latin music.

The Latin Grammys aired lived on the Univision Network from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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