Spanish rock group Dover scooped three awards at the 11th Premios de la Musica awards ceremony, held outside Madrid for the first time ever Thursday night (March 29), at the Gran Teatro theater in Cordoba, southern Spain.

The band, led by sisters Amparo and Cristina Llanos, won in three of the six categories it had been nominated in: best video, best production and best alternative pop. Dover had made a successful return this year with its first electronic-rock album, “Follow The City Lights” (EMI).

But it failed to take the best album award, which went to Madrid-based Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler for “12 Segundos De Oscuridad” (Warner Dro). Drexler, who won the 2005 Oscar for best song ("Al Otro Lado Del Río") from the Che Guevara-inspired movie “Diarios De Motocicleta,” expressed surprise that "such a sad and melancholic" album had won.

Double award winners were pop duo Nena Daconte (Universal) for best new artist and best new author; flamenco-influenced artist Buika (Warner Dro) for best Spanish song album and best artistic production; and rock act Fito y los Fitipaldis (Warner Dro) for best song and best rock album (“Por La Boca Vive El Pez”).

Miami-based singer Alejandro Sanz (Warner) did not win any of his five nominations, and the best-selling act of 2006, La Oreja De Van Gogh (Sony BMG), did not take either of its two nods.

Live acts included Dover, local singer Falete, classical music performer Malikian (performing Pagagnini), veteran singer Fangoria, flamenco musician Miguel Poveda, rock act Enrique Bunbury, and a duet between Macaco and hip-hop act La Negra.

The Premios gala is organized by the Academy of Music Arts and Sciences, run jointly by authors' and publishers' society SGAE and artists' association AiE.

The 28 Spanish music-only awards were voted by more than 5,000 academy members, plus music journalists, record labels and publishers. The event is currently the only all-music industry award ceremony held in Spain.

The gala was televised by specialist public broadcasting network La 2 from 10:30pm, 150 minutes after it began, and attracted an average 489,000 viewers, according to the network.

The Cordoba gala was deemed a huge success by SGAE social and professional director Paco Galindo. "The historic city and cultural hub of Cordoba bent over backwards for two weeks to make this a total success," he said. "And for the first time a Spanish culture minister [Carmen Calvo] attended a Premios gala, in official recognition of music as a culture industry."

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