Several of the artists nominated for the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY, such as Natalie Cole, Alejandro Sanz, Carlos Vives or Caetano Veloso, know the feeling of winning. But no matter if you are an established artist or someone at the beginning of his or her career, the announcement of the nominations, celebrated this year at the Avalon, Hollywood, Calif. With a touch of Las Vegas, is never just another event.
This is one of the most exciting moments on the road to the Latin GRAMMYs.
It’s the culmination of a nine month process that begins with the registering of the work and it represents the recognition of these performers and creators by their peers, something unique in the Latin music industry.
The event was hosted by Gabriel Abaroa Jr., the President/CEO of the Latin Recording Academy, and "Chiqui" Delgado co-host of "Mira Quien Baila", the popular dance competition show on Univisión. The ceremony also featured, as presenters, many of the eventual nominees including the nine time GRAMMY® winner Natalie Cole, nominated this year in the Album of the Year category for En Español, a work in which she follows the steps of his father, the great Nat King Cole; the two time Latin GRAMMY winner, singer songwriter and producer Draco Rosa, nominated in Album and Record of the Year as well as Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album; and the singer, composer and producer Aleks Syntek, nominated in the Song of the Year and Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album.
Other nominations went to a healthy mix of knew and familiar names.
The engineer Javier Garza, the Argentine duo Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas and the Colombian singer Carlos Vives received five nominationes. Producers Edgar Barrera, Julio Reyes Copello and Andrés Castro, as well as singer and songwriters Alejandro Sanz and Caetano Veloso received four each.
The Best New Artist category, expanded to 10 nominees, included A Band Of Bitches, Leslie Cartaya, EliaCiM, Clarice Falcâo, Jesús Hidalgo, Maluma, Mojito Lite, Gaby Moreno, Quattro and Milton Salcedo.
“We recognize and celebrate great music and those who create it and present it,” said Latin Academy President Abaroa, who also emphasized that the Latin GRAMMY are “a great platform for exposure and recognition of musical excellence.” And he also added that “I would like to recognize all the dreams that were registered and of which only a few get a nomination today.”
This year, Abaroa noted, there were more that 9,400 submissions of product, a record in the history of the Latin Academy. In previous years, and always in greater numbers, the total registration had reached about 6,000 entries.
The Latin GRAMMY has 48 categories organized in 18 fields.
As part of the ceremony there was also the unveiling of the official art of this year’s event, created by the Venezuelan visual artist, singer and composer María Rivas and were also announced the Special Awards.
The 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set for Thursday, Nov. 21 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 and more information, please visit www.latingrammy.com