Latin Grammy nominations missed Romeo Santos' best-selling album, while Calle 13 leads the pack.
The Latin Grammy is an award that prides itself on rewarding artistic merit over commercial success. It's an approach that has long lent itself to nominations that run the gamut from groundbreaking to controversial.
And this year is no exception.
When the Latin Recording Academy announced its nominations on Sept. 24, Puerto Rican political rap duo Calle 13 received nine nods on the strength of Multi_Viral, an edgy album that has sold just 12,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.