Calle 13 Leads Latin Grammy Nominations

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Singer Luis Fonsi appears at a press conference to announce the 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards Nominations at the Conga Room on September 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

With five nods to its name, Latin Grammy darling Calle 13 led the list of esoteric nominations for the 10th annual Latin Grammy awards.

The eclectic Puerto Rican urban group, which has already won several Latin Grammys in the past, is up for awards in the Album of the year and Best Urban Album of the year categories (for "Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo"), Record of the year and Best Alternative Song (for "No Hay Nadie Como Tú"), and Best Short Form Music Video for "La Perla" (featuring Ruben Blades).

Following in sheer number of nominations, with three each, were Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra, José Lugo, Jorge Luis Piloto, Ivete Sangalo, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Caetano Veloso, and Wisin y Yandel.

Receiving two nominations each were Ricardo Arjona, Babasónicos, Bebe, Café Tacuba, Andrés Cepeda, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Luis Enrique, Luis Fonsi, Sergio George, Saúl Hernández (Jaguares), Laura Pausini, Luz Ríos, Marco Antonio Solis, Mercedes Sosa and Tito "El Bambino."

There were some expected nods, like Fonsi's mega-hit "Aquí Estoy Yo," nominated for Record and Song of the year.

But overall, the major nominees very scantily reflected the U.S. Latin market. Rather, they were an eclectic representation from the U.S., Spain and Latin America that was often eyebrow-raising. Competing for the Album of the year category alongside Calle 13, for example, are Colombian pop singer Andrés Cepeda's "Día a Día," Luis Enrique's "Ciclos," "Regencia: Vince Mendoza," by Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra (Lins is also up in the Record of the year category) and Mercedes Sosa's "La Cantora 1." Several of those albums have not been released in the United States, underscoring the Latin Grammys mission of honoring albums released in all Spanish and Portuguese speaking territories.

While the major nominee is Calle 13, the comeback story of the year may well be Luis Enrique, whose album "Ciclos," his first hit in nearly a decade, is up for Album of the Year, while the song "Yo No Se Mañana," penned by Jorge Villamizar and Jorge Luis Piloto is up in Song of the year.

As with the mainstream Grammys, many nominees to the Latin Grammys are determined by votes from members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (LARAS), but several fields - including all the major fields - are sent to specific nomination committees for final review and they determine final nominees.

The Latin Grammys will air live Nov. 5 on the Univision network from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.


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