A happy mix of artists co-existed as winners in the 11th Annual Latin Grammy Awards pretelecast in Las Vegas, with several notable upsets. They included Mala Rodriguez's "No Pidas Perdón" besting songs by Don Omar and Daddy Yankee in best urban song, and the relatively unknown Venezuelan group Voz Veis walking away with the best long form music video Grammy over better known quality products by the likes of Laura Pausini and Thalía.

Other early winners included Colombia's Chocquib Town, whose exciting blend of dance and electronica with traditional music from Colombia's Pacific Coast allowed them to win for best alternative song. An absent Ruben Blades won best singer/songwriter album for his self-produced and distributed "Cantares del Subdesarrollo."

And there were also a surprising number of ties. In the hotly contested best banda album, perennial favorites Banda El Recodo's "Me gusta todo de tí" tied with La Original Banda el Limón's "Soy tu maestro." Both albums were commercial successes released on Fonovisa Records.

And in the producer of the year category, another perennial favorite -- and past winner of this award -- Sergio George tied with the producing team of Jorge Calandrelli and Gregg Field. The two winners couldn't have been more different. George won for his tropical productions, which included albums by Prince Royce and India, while Calandrelli and Field won for Arturo Sandoval's stylized pop album, "A Time For Love," which also won in the best instrumental album category.

George, who won for productions released on his new label, Top Stop, says in a year of tough business he's concentrated more than ever on the consumer. "Have affordable pricing at retail, and most important, concentrate on what the consumer wants," he said backstage.

The other multiple winner of the afternoon was Gustavo Cerati, whose "Fuerza Natural" won best rock album, while his song "Déjà vu" won Best rock song. In turn, art director Roy García won best recording package for Cerati's album. Cerati was not only the sentimental favorite -- he's been in a coma since he collapsed after a concert last May -- but his wins were also to be expected in fields with very little competition.

No trend prevailed with these early winners, announced during a simple ceremony at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. It was hosted by several personalities, including former Miss Universe Barbara Palacios and a very chatty Hebe Camargo. Camargo, a Brazilian television host who was awarded a trustees award the day before, peppered her announcements with humming, singing and spontaneous shouts of glee.