Shortly after the Latin Grammy Awards nominations ceremony in Hollywood, Natalie Cole declared that she was "floored" by the news that her first Spanish-language project, "En Espanol," was nominated in three categories. She is the first non-Hispanic American artist to be up for album of the year.

Cole will compete in the field of 10 with Latin artists including Colombia's Carlos Vives, a leading contender with five nominations; Spanish pop singer Miguel Bosé, who is the Latin Grammy Person of the Year; superstar singer/songwriter Alejandro Sanz; and rock iconoclast Draco Rosa.

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