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Judging by her Grammy record, Mexican singer Julieta Venegas is a pop star, an alterna-chick and a rocker. Venegas won a Grammy for best Latin pop album in 2007 (for "Limon y Sal"), a release that also won a 2006 Latin Grammy for best alternative music album. She encored in that category at the 2008 Latin Grammys with "MTV Unplugged," but in 2004 won best rock solo album for "Si." This time around, Venegas is a return contender in the Latin pop album category with "Otra Cosa."
Venegas, who was born in Long Beach, Calif., and raised in Tijuana, Mexico, started out as an alt-rocker with the group Tijuana No! before branching out on her own in 1998 with "Aqui," produced by Gustavo Santaolalla. She broke into mainstream Latin radio with third album "Si," for which she collaborated with Coti Sorokin and Cachorro Lopez. Throughout her transition from alt to pop, she's managed to preserve a signature sound with a sweet voice, acoustic arrangements and her accordion, an unusual instrument for a female vocalist in the pop realm.