Nena Daconte, Amaral, Vetusta Morla and Russian Red have won three nominations each for Spain's 13th Premios de la Música awards, announced simultaneously in offices of the Spanish authors' and publishers' collecting society SGAE in Madrid, Barcelona and Badajoz.

The 28-award Spanish artists-only event is arranged by the Academy of Arts and Sciences, which is run jointly by the SGAE and artists' and interpreters' association, AiE.

Pop duo Nena Daconte (Universal) is nominated for best pop album ("Retales De Carnaval"), best video and best song ("Tenía Tanto Que Darte"). Pop/rock duo Amaral (EMI) receives nods for best song ("Kamikaze"), best album ("Gato Negro Dragón Rojo"), and best artistic production.

Alternative pop group Vetusta Morla (Eureka/Sony) is nominated for best new author ("Copenhague"), best new artist ("Un Día En El Mundo"), and best alternative pop album. Female singer Lourdes Hernández, better known as Russian Red (Eureka/PIAS) wins nods for best new author ("Cigarettes"), best new artist and best alternative pop album ("I Love Your Glasses").

Double-nomination candidates are Javier Limón, Fermin Muguruza, La Shica, Sergio Dalma, Diana Navarro, and Pitingo.

The nominations were decided by 5,000 SGAE and AiE members, and the winners will be announced on Feb. 26, two weeks before this year's March 12 gala in Badajoz, western Spain, near the Portuguese border.

Until two years ago, the televised Premios de la Música gala - the only Spanish awards ceremony still held - was staged in Madrid. But from 2007, the Academy decided to hold the event in regional cities. Two years ago the venue was in the southern city of Córdoba, and last year the gala was held in the northern city of Valladolid.

Luis Cobos, Academy VP and nominated with Paloma San Basilio for best album award ("Encantados"), said "we chose Córdoba, Valladolid and this year Badajoz because they are places where not many things happen compared to Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia or Seville."

Cobos added that "despite the crisis affecting the music industry in general, there are plenty of excellent candidates this year."