Gustavo Cerati, still in a coma since he collapsed after a concert last May, was the big winner of the annual Premios Gardel awards, winning in seven categories, including the Golden Gardel, the award's top honor.
Winners of the awards, which are presented by Argentina's Chamber of Record Producers, were announced Nov. 4. Winners were voted upon by an "academy" of members who chose from among 81 artists in 35 categories.
Cerati's trophies included the Golden Gardel for his album "Fuerza Natural," which also won album of the year. His single "Deja Vu" won song of the year, while Cerati and producer Hector Castillo won for producer of the year.
Following Cerati in wins was the late Mercedes Sosa with two awards: best female folk artist and best DVD for "Cantora" (Sony). Other winners included Marcela Morelo (best female pop artist, Pedro Aznar (best male pop artist), Miranda! (best Pop group album) and Catupecu Machu (best rock album by a group).
CAPIF said there would be no ceremony this year because the organization is in the process of creating a "Gardel Foundation" that will develop and produce the awards.
For a full list of winners, please visit www.capif.org.ar .