10th Latin GRAMMY Award Nominees Announced

September 17, 2009 -- 10:05 am PDT

Calle 13 leads with five nominations


(For a complete list of 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY nominees, click here.)

Nominations for the 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards were announced today at a press conference attended by national and international media at the Conga Room at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

In a year that recognized an array of performers and creative professionals across numerous styles, the nominations spotlight a unique mix of established and emerging artists. Calle 13 leads the nominations with five. Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra, José Lugo, Jorge Luis Piloto, Ivete Sangalo, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Caetano Veloso, and Wisin y Yandel garnered three nods each.

Ricardo Arjona, Babasonicos, Bebe, Café Tacvba, Andrés Cepeda, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Luis Enrique, Luis Fonsi, Sergio George, Saúl Hernández (Jaguares), Laura Pausini, Luz Rios, Marco Antonio Solis, Mercedes Sosa, and Tito "El Bambino" are among those who received two nominations. And a wide array of established music makers and rising new talent — including Vicente Amigo, David Bisbal, Ruben Blades, Beto Cuevas, Franco De Vita, Cucu Diamantes, Shaíla Dúrcal, José Feliciano, Vicente Fernández, 50 Cent, Jaguares, Kinky, Sebastian Krys, Natalia Lafourcade, Alejandro Lerner, Los Amigos Invisibles, Gian Marco, Fito Paez, Omara Portuondo, Reik, Aleks Syntek, Nestor Torres, Bebo Valdés, Chucho Valdés, Carlos Vives, and Bernie Williams — also earned nominations.

"Latin music is very much alive and well and in this, our milestone 10th year, the Latin GRAMMY nominations continue to reflect and represent a considerably diverse, eclectic and comprehensive worldwide Latin music community that includes established music makers as well as emerging talent," said Gabriel Abaroa, President of The Latin Recording Academy. "With so many music professionals participating in the awards process, it's gratifying to see so many creators, performers, producers, albums, and songs getting due recognition from peers. On Nov. 5 in Las Vegas, we look forward to spotlighting this year's nominees and celebrating a decade of recognizing the best and brightest in Latin music."

Artists reading nominations this morning included Cuevas, Dúrcal, salsa vocalist Luis Enrique, Latin pop singer Luis Fonsi, actor and GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner Andy García, Latin pop singer Luz Rios, Emmy winner Jimmy Smits, and Tito "El Bambino."

Calle 13's five nominations include: Album Of The Year and Best Urban Music Album for Los De Atrás Vienen Conmigo, Record Of The Year and Best Alternative Song for "No Hay Nadie Como Tú" (with Café Tacvba), and Best Short Form Music Video for "La Perla" (with Ruben Blades). 

Earning three nods each are: Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra for Album Of The Year and Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album for Regência: Vince Mendoza, and Record Of The Year for "Arlequim Desconhecido"; musician/producer José Lugo for Record Of The Year ("Si No Vas A Cocinar," featuring Gilberto Santa Rosa), Best Salsa Album (Guasábara), and Producer Of The Year; songwriter Jorge Luis Piloto with two nominations in the Song Of The Year category (Luis Enrique's "Yo No Sé Mañana" with Jorge Villamizar, and Andrés Cepeda's "Día Tras Día" with Yoel Henriquez), and one in Best Tropical Song ("Yo No Sé Mañana" with Jorge Villamizar); Ivete Sangalo for Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album and Best Long Form Music Video for Pode Entrar, and Best Brazilian Song ("Agora Eu Já Sei," with Gigi); Gilberto Santa Rosa for Best Salsa Album (Contraste En Salsa), Best Traditional Tropical Album (Una Navidad Con Gilberto), and Record Of The Year ("Si No Vas A Cocinar," with José Lugo Orchestra); Caetano Veloso for Best Singer-Songwriter Album (Zii e Zie), Best Brazilian Song ("A Cor Amarela"), and Best Long Form Music Video (E A Música De Tom Jobim); and Wisin y Yandel for Best Urban Album (La Revolucion) and two nominations in Best Urban Song ("Abusadora," with Marcos Masis "Tainy" and "Mujeres In The Club," with 50 Cent and Ernesto F. Padilla "Nesty La Mente Maestra").

This year's Album Of The Year category features an array of worldwide artists and musical genres: Puerto Rico's Calle 13 for Los De Atrás Vienen Conmigo; Colombia's Andrés Cepeda for Día Tras Día; Nicaragua's Luis Enrique for Ciclos; Brazil's Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra for Regência: Vince Mendoza; and Argentina's Mercedes Sosa for Cantora 1.

The race for Best Urban Music Album features some of the biggest names in the genre: Calle 13's Los De Atrás Vienen Conmigo; Daddy Yankee's Talento De Barrio; Don Omar's Idon; Tito "El Bambino"'s El Patrón; and Wisin y Yandel's La Revolucion.

The milestone 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will feature 49 categories and will be supported on radio via Univision Radio (the official Spanish-language radio network of the Latin GRAMMY Awards), and highlighted on the Internet by Latingrammy.univision.com (the official Spanish-language Web site for the 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards), featuring video interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from today's nominations announcement.

The 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set for Nov. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, will be broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). For media credentialing instructions and more information, please visit www.latingrammy.com. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Latin Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter at www.twitter.com/latingrammys and Facebook at www.facebook.com/latingrammys.