With five nods to their name, Latin Grammy darlings Calle 13 led the list of esoteric nominees for the 10th annual Latin Grammy awards.

The eclectic Puerto Rican urban group, which has already won several Latin Grammys in the past, is up for awards in the album of the year and best urban album of the year categories (for "Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo"), and record of the year and best alternative song (for "No Hay Nadie Como Tú") as well as best short form music video for "La Perla," featuring Ruben Blades.

Following in sheer number of nominations, with three each, were Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra, José Lugo, Jorge Luis Piloto, Ivete Sangalo, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Caetano Veloso, and Wisin y Yandel.

Receiving two nominations each were Ricardo Arjona, Babasónicos, Bebe, Café Tacvba, Andrés Cepeda, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Luis Enrique, Luis Fonsi, Sergio George, Saúl Hernández (Jaguares), Laura Pausini, Luz Ríos, Marco Antonio Solis, Mercedes Sosa and Tito "El Bambino."

There were some expected nods, like Fonsi's wonderful mega-hit "Aquí Estoy Yo," nominated for Record and Song of the year. However, his chart-topping album, "Palabras del Silencio," was notably absent from the nominations.

Overall, the major nominees very scantily reflected the U.S. Latin market. Rather, they were an eclectic representation from the U.S., Spain and Latin America that was often eyebrow raising. Competing for the album of the year category alongside Calle 13, for example, are Colombian pop singer Andrés Cepeda's "Día a Día," Luis Enrique's "Ciclos," "Regencia: Vince Mendoza," by Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra (Lins is also up in the record of the year category) and Mercedes Sosa's "La Cantora 1." Several of those albums have not been released in the United States, underscoring the Latin Grammys mission of honoring albums released in all Spanish and Portuguese speaking territories.

While the major nominee was Calle 13, the comeback story of the year may well be Luis Enrique, whose album "Ciclos," his first hit in nearly a decade, is up for album of the year, while the song "Yo No Se Mañana," penned by Jorge Villamizar and Jorge Luis Piloto is up in song of the year.

An emotional Enrique said the nominations vindicated his decision to take a break from his career and focus on raising his son "when people, especially the industry, thought I was making a mistake."

Enrique expressed interest in producing new artists, as did Tito "El Bambino." The latter, who received nods for best urban album and best tropical song, said he's working on a compilation album and on recruiting pop and urban talent to his label, On Fire Music. "We’re seeing the fruit of what we planted many years ago."

On the Best New Artist front, the wildly varied group included indie pop/regional Mexican artist Luz Rios, pop star Emmanuel's son Alexander Acha, Afro-Colombian urban alternative group Chocquibtown, folky acoustic artist Claudio Corsi, and flamenco fusion artist India Martinez.

A breathless, smiling Rios, whose duet with Joan Sebastian, "Aire," caught radio's attention early on, said she was in "complete shock" at her nominations, which also included a nod for female pop vocal album for the self-released "Aire."

On his nomination for rock solo vocal album for "Miedo Escenico," former La Ley frontman Beto Cuevas says, "It's really meaningful to me because it's my first solo album. I'm up against really good artists that have been on the solo path a lot longer than I."

As with the mainstream Grammys, many nominees to the Latin Grammys are determined by votes from members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (LARAS), but several fields - including all the major fields - are sent to specific nomination committees for final review and they determine final nominees. For a full list of nominees, visit www.latingrammy.com.

The Latin Grammys will air live Nov. 5 on the Univision network from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.