Juan Luis Guerra, a veteran star with a flair for innovation, is the lead nominee for the 8th annual Latin Grammy Awards. Guerra picked up two nod-Album of the year and Merengue Album of the year-for "La Llave de mi Corazon, (EMI Televisa)" an album that stretches the bounds of contemporary bachata and merengue. The hit song of the same name, which spent weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart, was nominated in three categories, including Record and Song of the year. Guerra will also be fetted as the person of the year by the Latin Recording Academy.

Following Guerra in number of nominations were Puerto Rican star Ricky Martin and urban duo Calle 13, with four nods each. Martin, who is living a comeback of sorts with his "MTV Unplugged" (Sony BMG) album, got two nods, including album of the year, for that recording, as well as a record of the year nod for the single "Tu Recuerdo." Calle 13, winner's of last year's best new artist award, are up for album of the year and best urban music album for their very irreverent "Residente o Visitante" (Sony BMG).

Artists up for three awards each include Miguel Bose, whose album "Papito" (Warner) is up for album of the year. Bose was honored as this year's lifetime achievement honoree at the 2006 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Venezuelan troubadour Franco De Vita also got three nods, including song of the year for "Tengo" and best male pop vocal album for "Mil Historias que Contar" (Sony BMG).

Nominees were announced at a press conference in Miami, home to the Latin Academy's offices.

The 8th annual Latin Grammy Awards will take place Nov. 8 in Las Vegas and will air live on the Univision network. Winners will be determined by votes from members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

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