Abel Pintos Sweeps Major Awards at Argentina's Premios Gardel

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Abel Pintos performs during a concert at the Lunario of the National Auditorium in Mexico City on April 6, 2017. 

Pop singer Abel Pintos won the 2017 Golden Gardel Award for album of the year at Argentina’s annual music awards, making him the only artist to achieve that distinction three times. Pintos also won best album in 2013 and 2014.

At the Gardel Awards ceremony in Buenos Aires, Pintos also took home best male pop album for his latest recording, 11, and song of the year for “Cómo Te Extraño.” He was nominated in seven categories.

The national music awards given by Argentine music and video producer association CAPIF were held at the the Ópera and Gran Rex theaters in Buenos Aires on June 6.

The Gardels include rock, pop, tropical, folklore and tango categories. The Gardel Solidario (Solidarity Gardel) went to León Gieco, for the video of his song "La memoria," which pays tribute to the victims at the AMIA bombing attack (an attack on the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in 1994).

Performers at the show included Eruca Sativa and Octafonic, Lali Esposito, Miranda!, Juanchi Baleirón and Palito Ortega, Daniel Melingo, Elena Roger and Escalandrum, Hernán Jacinto and Joaquín Vitola, Bruno Arias and Nahuel Pennisi, Los Palmera and El Polaco.

There were also tributes to Cacho Castaña, Mariano Mores, Nini Flores, Ernesto Baffa, Horacio Salgán, Gato Barbieri, Sebastián, Julieta Magaña and Horacio Guarany.

Universal Music Argentina did not participate in the Premios Garcel this year, making the label’s artists ineligible for the awards.