Gala held live Nov. 2.
Pop is the dominant theme in the list of nominees for the seventh annual Latin Grammys, with Shakira leading the fray with six nods.
Shakira's sweep in nominations comes on the strength of her Spanish language set "Fijación Oral, Vol. 1," which is up for album of the year. Shakira's single "La Tortura," a duet with Alejandro Sanz, is nominated for song and record of the year as well. The track, which stayed a record number of weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart, was penned by Luis Fernando Ochoa, Alejandro Sanz and Shakira.
Following in number of nominations were poetic singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona, Argentine rocker Gustavo Cerati and Mexican pop/alternative chanteusse Julieta Venegas with four nods each.
Cerati's album, "Ahí Vamos," will compete in the album of the year category against Shakira and Venegas' "Sal y Limón." All three acts are on Sony BMG as is Arjona.
There are few surprises to be found in this list of nominees, save for the fact that the eclectic academy went for more mainstream artists this year. Among the oddities to be found is Argentine singer/songwriter Lón Giecco, a long Academy favorite, with his beautiful "Por Favor, Perdón y Gracias" up for three awards, including album of the year. Newcomer Fonseca's single "Te Mando Flores" is up for record of the year.
In the best new artist category, there is one commercial success, Calle 13, and one moderate radio presence, Lena, competing alongside artists that have yet to make an impact here at all: Céu, Ines Gaviria and newcomer Pamela, who records on her own label out of Peru.
The Latin Grammys will air live Nov. 2 on the Univision Network out of New York City. The awards honor albums in Spanish or Portuguese released anywhere in the world. Nominees and winners are voted upon by members of the Latin Recording Academy.