Tuesday morning's announcement of the Latin Grammy nominations revealed that songwriter/producer Sergio George led the pack with six, but a string of familiar one-named stars made their presence felt as well. Shakira, Enrique, Thalia and Juanes all
got nominations for the fourth annual awards show, which will be held in Miami on September 3.
George was honored for his work on Miami rock group Bacilos' Caraluna album. Four-time Latin Grammy-winning Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes follows close behind George with five nominations. Among Juanes' nods were Record and Song of the Year for "Es Por Ti" and Best Rock Solo Album for Un Dia Normal.
Singer Thalia's self-titled album is up for Best Female Pop Vocal Album, while Enrique Iglesias' Quizas is in the running for Best Male Pop Vocal Album. Shakira was honored for her songwriting in the Best Rock Song category for "Te Aviso, Te Anuncio (Tango)."
Artists competing for Record of the Year include Bacilos, Juanes, Luis Miguel, Molotov and Tribalistas. Novelty act Las Ketchup managed to sneak into the Best Pop Album By a Duo or Group With Vocal category, while Jaguares, Mana, Molotov, Jarabe de Palo and Rabanes will face off for the hotly contested Best Rock Album By a Duo or Group With Vocal award.
On the day when Celia Cruz was buried in New York (see
" 'Queen Of Salsa' Celia Cruz Dead"), Latin Grammy organizers announced that a tribute to the "Queen of Salsa" will be held at the awards ceremony. The show will be held in Miami for the first time, two years after threats of protests by Cuban exile groups forced the event to move from Florida to Los Angeles; that show was later canceled following the September 11 terrorist attacks (see "Latin Grammy Winners Will Get Trophies But No Ceremony").