Colombian artist Carlos Vives’ album “Dejame Entrar” and its title track earned six nominations to lead the field for the third annual Latin Grammy Awards. 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, which will be presented Sept. 18 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The event will be broadcast live on CBS beginning at 9 p.m. ET and rebroadcast 9 p.m. PT.
“Dejame Entrar” is nominated for album of the year, as well as in the newly added contemporary tropical album of the year field. The EMI Latin set’s title track is also up for best record, song, tropical song, and music video. Issued last November, “Dejame Entrar” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Tropical/Salsa albums chart and reached the top of the overall Top Latin Albums chart in its second week of release.
Joining Vives’ “Dejame Entrar” in the new contemporary tropical album category are Felix D’Oleo’s “Frutos,” Celso Pina’s “Bravo,” Sintesis’ “Habana A Flor De Piel,” and Vocal Sampling’s “Cambio De Tiempo.” Another new category, best Christian album, generated nominations for Ileana Garces, Roberto Oiellana, Padre Marcelo Rossi, and 33 DC. Awards will be presented in a total of 40 categories.
Cruz, meanwhile, saw her Sony Discos album “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” nominated for album and salsa album of the year, and its title track for record and music video of the year. The set peaked in May at No. 5 on Billboard’s Tropical/Salsa chart and No. 60 on the Top Latin Albums chart.
“This year’s Latin Grammy nominations reflect the vitality of the Latin Recording Academy, the international scope of Latin music, and the diversity of the artists who make it,” Latin Recording Academy senior VP/executive director Enrique Fernandez said in a statement. “Whether an established legend in a well-known category or a rising newcomer about to break genre boundaries, the music we’re celebrating spans the physical and creative globe of what we know as Latin music. Realizing this, we’re sure to have a spectacular show that showcases the vitality of Latin music while celebrating the passion of its creators.”
The full list of nominees can be found at grammy.com.