Pop-rock band Vetusta Morla has won all three awards it was nominated for in Spain's 13th Premios de la Música national music awards. The winners were announced in Madrid Feb. 26, and the televised gala ceremony takes place in the western city of Badajoz on March 12.

Vetusta Morla won for best new author for the track "Copenhagen" and best new artist and best alternative pop album for "Un Día En El Mundo" (Sonobox/PIAS). The main loser in all three categories was singer Lourdes Hernández, known artistically as Russian Red, whose English-language album "I Love Your Glasses" (Eureka/PIAS) has been in the Spanish charts for 14 weeks - No. 38 this week - with sales of some 14,000 units, says PIAS.

Premios de la Música is organized by the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Music, which is jointly run by Spanish collecting society SGAE and artists association AiE. The awards are exclusively for music recorded in Spain by Spanish or Latin artists who must be SGAE members.

For the first time in the awards' history, there was a tie in the voting by the estimated 5,000 SGAE and AiE members eligible to vote, when flamenco-soul singer Pitingo was also awarded best new author award for "Soulería" (Universal). Pitingo was the only debutant Spanish artist to appear during 2008 in the Media Control Top 50 album charts, says the IFPI. Both Vetusta Morla and Pitingo will receive the award on March 12.

Other treble-award nominees Nena Daconte and Amaral each walked off with one award. Pop duo Nena Daconte won best song award for "Tenía Tanto Que Darte" (Universal), and pop group Amaral took best album award for "Gato Negro Dragón Rojo" (EMI).

Madrid-based Uruguayan singer Jorge Drexler won best pop album award for "Cara B" (Warner Music), and pop/rock group M Clan took best rock album prize for "Memorias De Un Espantapájaros" (Dro Atlantic). Indie group Sidecars won best alternative rock album for the self-titled "Sidecars" (Sony Music Entertainment).

Europe-based Cuban hip-hop group Orishas won the best hip-hop album award for "Cosita Buena" (EMI) and the Pinker Tones won best electronic music track for "S.E.X.Y.R.O.B.O.T." (Nacional). Best flamenco album went to Carmen Linares for "Raíces Y Alas" (Salobre) and Diana Navarro won best Spanish song album for "Camino Verde" (Warner Music).

Cuban father and son Bebo and Chucho Valdés won best jazz album with "Juntos Para Siempre" (Red Ink) and singer Carmen París won best fusion album with "Incubando" (Warner Music).

The 28 category winners were announced before the gala for the first time ever. Academy director Tato Luzardo says it is working on measures to improve attendance and viewing figures.

He adds "In recent years, more and more nominees haven't bothered to go to the event, or they send their cousin. Now everybody from the winners to the public knows who has won and who will be there, so we have 10 days to promote the gala."