News on Latin Grammys, Ray Charles, Joe Walsh
Singer/actress Gloria Estefan and actor Jimmy Smits will co-host the third annual Latin Grammy Awards, set for Sept. 18 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Along with Jennifer Lopez and Andy Garcia, Estefan and Smits were the co-hosts of the 2000 inaugural ceremony. Last year's event, which was canceled due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., was to have featured Smits and Christina Aguilera as co-hosts.
As previously reported, Carlos Vives leads the field with six Latin Grammys nominations. Salsa legend Celia Cruz pulled in four nominations, while Miguel Bose, Emilio Estefan, Juanes, Gian Marco, and Alejandro Sanz each netted three nods for the honors. On Sept. 10, Warner Music Latina will release a Latin Grammys compilation CD that will include nominees from the categories for record and album of the year, best salsa album, best ranchero album, and best music video.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.