Three out of the four categories in the Latin field were a toss-up. Best Latin Pop Album? Jesse & Joy won for Un Besito Más, but it could have easily gone to Academy fave Gaby Moreno or the iconic international singer Laura Pausini.
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album? Newcomer Ile won for Ilevitable, but Carla Morrison was a serious contender (not to mention the fact that she performed in the pre-Grammy show) with Amor Supremo. And while the Best regional Mexican music album went to Vicente Fernandez for Un Azteca en el Azteca, no one would have been surprised if the also venerable Banda El Recodo had one for Raíces.
The one category that wasn’t a toss-up, was Best tropical album. In a field redolent of nostalgia, where most of the nominees (Los Van Van, Grupo Niche and La Sonora Santanera) were veterans and one was recently diseased (José Lugo), Fonseca, fresh from winning a Latin Grammy (for Best tropical song), seemed a shoe-in with his adventuresome Conexión.