12TH ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 14, 2011) — The second decade of The Latin Recording Academy®'s evolution continued today when nominations for the 12th 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. The event was streamed live on LatinGRAMMY.com (and is now available as video on demand), and artists reading nominations this morning included: Lena Burke and Jorge Villamizar of Latin pop trio Alex, Jorge Y Lena; urban/hip-hop duo Calle 13; Latin GRAMMY-winning producer Desmond Child; singer/songwriter Myriam Hernández; pop singer Merche; Norteño band Los Tucanes de Tijuana; Latin pop singer Reyli; and Ángel Mosqueda and Rodrigo Guardiola of alternative rock band Zoé. The 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set for Nov. 10 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 a complete list of nominees, 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 (www.twitter.com/latingrammys) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/latingrammys).
"For more than 10 years now, the Latin GRAMMY nominations continue to bring together the worldwide Latin music community by recognizing excellence and impact in recorded Latin music," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "It is always encouraging to see creative professionals acknowledging their peers and highlighting a varied and wide-ranging group of Latin music makers that reflects emerging talent as well as established artists. We look forward to another year of celebrating the best and brightest in Latin music, and to presenting another great telecast in Las Vegas on Nov. 10 with our friends and partners at Univision."
In another year that recognized a diverse array of music makers across numerous genres, the nominations highlight an eclectic mix of well-known and rising performers and creative professionals. Ten-time Latin GRAMMY and two-time GRAMMY winners Eduardo Cabra and René Perez of Calle 13 lead this year's Latin GRAMMY nominations with a record 10 nods: Album Of The Year (with Edgar Abraham, Rafa Arcaute, James Cruz, Iván Gutiérrez, Ramón Martínez, Edgardo Matta, Daniel Ovie and Carlos Velázquez) and Best Urban Music Album for Entren Los Que Quieran; Album Of The Year, as producers, for Shakira's Sale El Sol (with Eduardo Bergallo, Michael Brauer, Lukas Burton, Gustavo Celis, Dave Clauss, John Hill, Alex Leader, Stephen Marcussen, Lester Méndez, Mark Needham, Joel Numa, Luis Fernando Ochoa, Andros Rodríguez, Jonathan Shakhovskoy, Shakira, and Ed Williams); Record Of The Year (with Felipe Alvarez, Rafa Arcaute, David Cárdenas, Iván Gutiérrez, Ramón Martinez, Edgardo Matta, Daniel Ovie and Carlos Velázquez) and Song Of The Year (with Rafa Arcaute) for "Latinoamérica"; Best Urban Song for "Baile De Los Pobres" (with Rafa Arcaute); Best Alternative Song (with Rafa Arcaute) and Best Short Form Music Video (with Alejandro Santiago) for "Calma Pueblo"; Best Tropical Song for "Vamo' A Portarnos Mal"; and Producer Of The Year (with Rafa Arcaute).
Producer/engineer Rafa Arcaute garners six nods: Album Of The Year for Calle 13's Entren Los Que Quieran (with Calle 13, Edgar Abraham, James Cruz, Iván Gutiérrez, Ramón Martinez, Edgardo Matta, Daniel Ovie and Carlos Velázquez); Record Of The Year (with Calle 13, Felipe Álvarez, Rafa Arcaute, David Cárdenas, Iván Gutiérrez, Ramón Martínez, Edgardo Matta, Daniel Ovie, and Carlos Velázquez) and Song Of The Year (with Calle 13) for "Latinoamérica"; Best Urban Song for "Baile De Los Pobres" (with Calle 13); Best Alternative Song for "Calma Pueblo" (with Calle 13); and Producer Of The Year (with Calle 13).
Franco De Vita receives five nominations: Album Of The Year (with David Cabrera, Mike Couzzi, Juan Pablo Falluca, and Sebastian Krys); Best Male Pop Vocal Album, and Best Long Form Music Video (with Diego Alvarez and Vicente Solis) for En Primera Fila; and Record Of The Year (with David Cabrera, Juan Pablo Falluca, Alejandra Guzmán, and Sebastian Krys) and Best Short Form Music Video (with Diego Alvarez, Alejandra Guzmán and Vicente Solís) for "Tan Sólo Tú."
Latin GRAMMY winner Marco Antonio Solís is a four-time nominee: Song Of The Year and Best Regional Mexican Song for "¿A Dónde Vamos A Parar?"; Best Male Pop Vocal Album for En Total Plenitud; and Best Regional Mexican Song for "Tú Me Vuelves Loco."
Pablo Alborán, Desmond Child, Paquito D'Rivera, Sebastian Krys, Maná, Ricky Martin, Joan Sebastian, Shakira, and Zoé each garner three nominations, and an eclectic mix of established and emerging music makers are among those with two nods each, including: Alex, Jorge Y Lena; Aureo Baqueiro; Rubén Blades; Gustavo Borner; Claudia Brant; David Cabrera; Doctor Krápula; Don Omar; Paula Fernandes; Alejandra Guzmán; Il Volo; La Vida Bohéme; Los Tigres Del Norte; Pitbull; Sie7e; Caetano Veloso; And Wisin Y Yandel.
This year's Album Of The Year nominees features some of the most prominent names in Latin music: Alex, Jorge Y Lena for Alex, Jorge Y Lena; Calle 13 for Entren Los Que Quieran; Franco De Vita for En Primera Fila; Enrique Iglesias for Euphoria; and Shakira for Sale El Sol.
The race for Record Of The Year features a diverse array of musical styles and artists: "Latinoamérica" by Calle 13; "Tan Sólo Tú" by Franco De Vita with Alejandra Guzmán; "Gritar" by Luis Fonsi; "Golpes En El Corazón" by Los Tigres Del Norte; and "Lo Mejor De Mi Vida Eres Tú" by Ricky Martin featuring Natalia Jiménez.
The Best New Artist category highlights some of the brightest newcomers from around the Latin music world: Pablo Alborán (Spain), Max Capote (Uruguay/Argentina), Paula Fernandes (Brazil), Il Volo (Italy), and Sie7e (Puerto Rico).
The 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will feature 46 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 at www.latingrammy.com and www.latingrammy.univision.com, featuring video interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from today's nominations announcement. Additionally, the telecast will be distributed internationally to more than 100 countries.
A limited number of tickets to the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be available for sale to the public starting Sept. 15, and may be purchased at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office (877.632.7400; www.mandalaybay.com) or through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).
The Latin Recording Academy is an International, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit www.latingrammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/latingrammys, and a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/latingrammys.
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