Latin music

Veteran stars dominate Latin Grammy nominations


Associated Press

Despite a record-breaking 9,400 submissions, the nominees announced in Los Angeles Wednesday for the 14th Latin Grammy Awards went primarily to veteran stars in almost all genres.

Colombian pop singer Carlos Vives received five nominations, including Record and Song of the Year, for Volvi Nacer from Corazon Profundo, his comeback album after an eight-year absence. Also receiving five nods were Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas, an Argentine alternative duo launched in the ’90s.

“To be nominated is already an accomplishment, and I want all the artists in Colombia to know that these nominations are also theirs. May we win,” Vives said in a statement.

“5 nominations Latin Grammys!!! CHANCES!!! Thank you!!,” tweeted the Valderramas.

Other top nominees were Spanish flamenco-pop songwriter Alejandro Sanz and Brazilian idol Caetano Veloso, who each received four nominations, including Record and Song of the Year.

Among those with three nods, including Album of the Year, was singer-songwriter Robi Draco Rosa, for Vida, in which he commemorated his triumphant battle with cancer. “I loved to hear my name mentioned three times,” Rosa said after the announcement ceremony at the Avallon Hollywood. “Definitely, I want to win.”

The awards will be broadcast live on Nov. 21 on Univision from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The complete list of nominees is at

Natalie Cole was honored with three nominations, including Album of the Year, for her Latin music debut album, En Español , a tribute to the Spanish repertoire of her father, Nat King Cole.

“I’m so very proud that this record has been accepted in this way,” Cole said in a statement. “ With these nominations alone we have made history.”

Unknowns appeared primarily in categories like Best New Artist and Best Rock Album. Among the surprises were Bajofondo, the electronica-tango-fusion band headed by star producer Gustavo Santaolalla, whose three nominations included one for Album of the Year.

Miami Herald staff writer Jordan Levin contributed to this story.

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