Iconic Dominican crooner Juan Luis Guerra leads the Latin Grammy nominations (VIDEO)
Dominican maestro Juan Luis Guerra received SIX Latin Grammy nods today, the most of any other artist nominated! The Latin Grammy ceremony will take place on November 15 in Las Vegas and will be aired on Univision. Other artists with mulitple nods include Mexican pop/emo duo Jesse & Joy with five, reformed reggaetonero Don Omar wih four, Colombian superstar Juanes with three, and Spanish comeback kid Alejandro Sanz who received two.
This year, the competition is brutal, with the night's two main catetories, Album of the Year and Song of the Year, boasting 10 nominees EACH--and not one of them is a lightweight! Among the nominated for these statues are such well-known stars as Ricardo Arjona, Juanes, Arturo Sandoval, Bebe, Zoé, and Jesse & Joy.
That's going to be a tough one!
Nominations were announced this morning in Los Angeles in a star-studded press conference that included Jesse & Joy, Juanes, and Los Tucanes de Tijuana, with boricua beauty Giselle Blondet (she's the host of the wildly popular Univision reality competition Nuestra Belleza and one of the network's most well-known faces) moderating.
We're THRILLED to see Juan Luis Guerra still doing his thing, even after almost 40 years on the music scene (yup, he released his first album in 1984 when he was better known as the main member of his band 4-40!). He's managed to keep relevant all these years, recording some amazing duets recently with Juanes and Maná--in fact the majority of his nominations come from his work on Juanes' MTV Unplugged album. His music clearly still speaks to all of us, as evidenced by all his nominations!
This year's Latin Grammys are going to be the clash of the Titans as various huge names go head to head in various major categories. As an example, Best Urban Music Album has Don Omar and Tego Calderón pitted against each other--yikes!
We can't wait to see the live show and performances (still to be announced!) in November. Get a little taste of what's in store--watch Juan Luis Guerra's video for "En el cielo no hay hospital," a song off of an album of Christhian music he recorded that was aimed mostly at religious audiences--which is up for Record of the Year and Song of the Year!
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