Juanes Leads Latin Grammy Noms With Seven

Colombian Latin rock artist Juanes pulled down seven nominations for the second annual Latin Grammy Awards. Spanish pop artist Alejandro Sanz received five nods, while Aterciopelados, Gilberto Gil, Fi

Colombian Latin rock artist Juanes pulled down seven nominations for the second annual Latin Grammy Awards. Spanish pop artist Alejandro Sanz received five nods, while Aterciopelados, Gilberto Gil, Fito Paez, Gustavo Santaolalla, Paulina Rubio, and Caetano Veloso picked up three nominations each.

The nominations were announced today (July 17) at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena, the same venue that will host the Sept. 11 awards ceremony. The affair will be broadcast live by CBS in the U.S., and to 120 countries worldwide.

Juanes garnered a best new artist nod, as well as album of the year and best rock solo album nominations for his set "Fijate Bien." The title track earned nominations for record of the year, song of the year, and best rock song, as well as best music video. Sanz' five nominations were for best pop male vocal album and album of the year for "El Alma Al Aire," record of the year and song of the year for the title song, and best music video for the "Cuando Nadie Me Ve" clip.

Nominees in 38 categories were determined by the members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, a division of the Recording Academy, which presents the annual Grammy Awards ceremonies.

As previously reported, in conjunction with the awards, Julio Iglesias will be honored as the 2001 Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences person of the year. The recognition, awarded to the singer for his artistic and philanthropic accomplishments, will be presented during a tribute dinner and concert Sept. 10 in Miami, the evening prior to the Latin Grammy Awards.

The first Latin Grammys ceremony -- held last September in Los Angeles -- was co-hosted by Gloria Estefan, Andy Garcia, and Jimmy Smits. Multiple winners included Luis Miguel, Mana, Santana, and Shakira.

Here are the nominees in the four general Latin Grammys categories:

Record of the year
"Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti," Christina Aguilera
"El Album," Aterciopelados
"Esperando Na Janela," Gilberto Gil
"Fijate Bien," Juanes
"El Alma Al Aire," Alejandro Sanz

Album of the year
"Ciudad De Las Ideas," Vicente Amigo
"As Cancoes De Eu, Tu, Eles (Music from the Film: Me You Them)," Gilberto Gil
"Fijate Bien," Juanes
"Paulina," Paulina Rubio
"El Alma Al Aire," Alejandro Sanz

Song of the year (recording artist in parentheses)
"Amarte Asi," Alejandro Lerner, songwriter (Alejandro Lerner)
"Donde Esta La Vida," Francisco Cespedes, songwriter (Francisco Cespedes)
"El Alma Al Aire," Alejandro Sanz, songwriter (Alejandro Sanz)
"Fijate Bien," Juanes, songwriter (Juanes)
"Y Yo Sigo Aqui," Estefano, songwriter (Paulina Rubio)

Best new artist
Bacilos
Bebel Gilberto
Juanes
Sindicato Argentino Del Hip Hop
Manuel Vargas

For the full list of Latin Grammy nominees, visit the official Recording Academy Web site.