Brazilian record producer Tom Capone dominated the list of nominees for the fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards, thanks to his work with Brazilian singer María Rita. Capone, who co-produced Rita's s
Brazilian record producer Tom Capone dominated the list of nominees for the fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards, thanks to his work with Brazilian singer María Rita. Capone, who co-produced Rita's self-titled debut album (Warner Music Brasil), garnered nods in five categories, including record and album of the year.
Rita, the daughter of the late Elis Regina, took home four nominations, as did perennial Latin Grammy favorite Alejandro Sanz, engineer Álvaro Alencar -- who also worked on the María Rita project -- and pianist Bebo Valdés.
Nominated in three categories each were Diego El Cigala -- Valdés' partner on the multi-nominated album "Lágrimas Negras" (Calle 54/BMG) -- Mick Guzauski, Café Tacuba, Kevin Johansen, Javier Limón, Pepe Loeches, Robi Draco Rosa, Rafa Sardina and Juleita Venegas.
Perhaps the biggest surprise among the nominees was Argentine singer/songwriter Kevin Johansen. His album "Sur o No Sur" (Sony Discos), up for album of the year, has been largely unheard outside of Argentina. In the United States, the set has sold 2,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Indeed, the preponderance of alternative and non-commercial acts in the main categories is unprecedented in the awards' five-year history. Only one pop act, Sanz, was nominated for record, album or song of the year. No regional Mexican music was present in any category outside the regional Mexican categories.
The award winners are voted upon by members of the Latin Recording Academy, which includes Spanish and Portuguese-speaking recording artists and professionals.
The Latin Grammys will take place Sept. 1 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. They will be hosted by comedian George Lopez, and will air live on the CBS Network as well as in approximately 100 countries.