Aguilera, Juanes Nab Latin Grammy Nominations

Colombian rocker tops crossover-short list with seven; Spain's Alejandro Sanz receives five.

Christina Aguilera landed two nods when nominations for the second annual Latin Grammy Awards were announced in Miami Tuesday (July 17) with a list short on crossover stars.
Aguilera received a Record of the Year nomination for “Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti” from her Spanish-language album Mi Reflejo, which was nominated for Female Pop Vocal Album.

Colombian rocker Juanes topped the list with seven nominations, including Album of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Rock Solo Album for Fijate Bien. Spanish pop singer Alejandro Sanz received five nominations, while Aterciopelados, Gilberto Gil, Fito Páez, Gustavo Santaolalla and Caetano Veloso each earned three.

Ricky Martin is up for Video of the Year with the sweaty clip for the Spanish-language version of “She Bangs.”
Artists nominated for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album, a new category this year, are DJ Kun, Faces Do Subúrbio, Planet Hemp, 7 Notas 7 Colores and El Sindicato Argentino Del Hip Hop.

Last year, Carlos Santana took home three awards at a ceremony that faced criticism for emphasizing mainstream and crossover acts, including a lineup of performers that featured Martin, Aguilera and ‘NSYNC (see “Carlos Santana, Luis Miguel Top Latin Grammys” ). Four Mexican artists from the independent Latin music label Fonovisa — Los Tigres Del Norte, Los Temerarios, Los Palominos and Banda El Recodo — refused to accept their awards, claiming that Mexican music was underrepresented.
Spokespersons for the Grammy Awards and Fonovisa were unavailable for comment on this year’s nominations.
The Latin Grammy awards will be broadcast live from American Airlines Arena in Miami on September 11 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET on CBS. (MTVi’s parent company, Viacom, also owns CBS.)

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