The next decade in The Latin Recording Academy’s continued evolution began last week when nominations for the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards (www.latingrammy.com) were announced at a press conference attended by national and international media at the Avalon in Hollywood, Calif.
Artists reading nominations included pop/rock trio Camila, singer/songwriter Alex Cuba, two-time Latin GRAMMY winner Kany Garcia, pop/rock group Jotdog, band leader Mario Quintero Lara of Los Tucanes De Tijuana, bachata artist Prince Royce, Latin GRAMMY and three-time GRAMMY-winning jazz instrumentalist Arturo Sandoval, two-time Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY winner Gilberto Santa Rosa, and singer/songwriter/producer Aleks Syntek. In a year that recognized a diverse group of music makers across numerous genres, the nominations highlight an eclectic mix of established and emerging performers and creative professionals.
The 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set for Nov. 11 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).
Mario Domm (Camila), Academy Award winner Jorge Drexler, nine-time Latin GRAMMY and two-time GRAMMY winner Juan Luis Guerra, and 14-time Latin GRAMMY and two-time GRAMMY winner Alejandro Sanz lead the nominations with four each. Camila, Daddy Yankee, Lee Levin, Tommy Torres, and Dan Warner garnered three nods a piece; Bebe, Ruben Blades, Buika, Andres Calamaro, Dori Caymmi, Gustavo Cerati, Alex Cuba, El Cuarteto De Nos, Estrella, Maria Gadu, Gilberto Gil, Jotdog, Mala Rodriguez, and Vico C. are among those with two nominations. And a wide array of established music makers and rising artists — including Pepe Aguilar, Marc Anthony, Maria Bethania, Miguel Bose, Ceu, Chino Y Nacho, Willie Colon, Don Omar, Alejandro Fernandez, Pedro Fernandez, Vicente Fernandez, Fonseca, Nelly Furtado, Juan Gabriel, Kany Garcia, Enrique Iglesias, India, Intocable, Los Tigres Del Norte, Los Tucanes De Tijuana, Sergio Mendes, Laura Pausini, Prince Royce, Jenni Rivera, Poncho Sanchez, Arturo Sandoval, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Lalo Schifrin, Joan Sebastian, Aleks Syntek, Thalia, Tito “El Bambino,” Diego Torres, and Julieta Venegas — also earned nominations.
“After 10 years of recognizing the best and brightest in Latin music, the Latin GRAMMY nominations continue to bring together the worldwide Latin music community and spotlight a remarkably varied and wide-ranging group of Latin music makers that reflects emerging talent as well as established artists,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “This year, it is especially encouraging to see the highest number of creative professionals to date participating in the awards process and recognizing their peers as The Latin Academy enters its next decade. We look forward to celebrating another year of excellence in recorded Latin music on Nov. 11 in Las Vegas.”
This year’s Album Of The Year category features a diverse array of worldwide artists and musical styles: Bebe for Y.; Miguel Bose for Cardio; Camila for Dejarte De Amar; Juan Luis Guerra for A Son De Guerra; and Alejandro Sanz for Paraiso Express.
The race for Song Of The Year (a songwriter’s award) features some of the most prominent names in Latin music: Descemer Bueno & Enrique Iglesias for “Cuando Me Enamoro” (Enrique Iglesias Featuring Juan Luis Guerra); Alejandro Sanz & Tomas Torres for “Desde Cuando” (Alejandro Sanz); Ruben Blades for “Las Calles” (Ruben Blades); Mario Domm & Monica Velez for “Mientes” (Camila); and Jorge Drexler for “Una Cancion Me Trajo Hasta Aqui” (Jorge Drexler).
This year’s Latin GRAMMY Awards process registered the highest number of submissions ever. However, due to low entries in Categories 22 and 39 — Best Grupero Album and Best Tropical Brazilian Roots Album — submissions in those categories were combined within other categories for consideration. Additionally, Categories 10 and 11 — Best Rock Solo Vocal Album and Best Rock Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal — have been combined into Best Rock Album. As a result of these changes, the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will feature 46 out of 48 categories. The 11th Latin GRAMMY Awards will be supported on radio via Univision Radio (the official Spanish-language radio network of the Latin GRAMMY Awards), and highlighted on the Internet at www.latingrammy.com and www.latingrammy.univision.com, featuring video interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from today’s nominations announcement.
For a complete list of nominees and more information, please visit www.latingrammy.com.
A limited number of tickets to the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be available for sale to the public starting Sept. 17, and may be purchased at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office (877.632.7400; www.mandalaybay.com) or through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).