Latin Grammys 2013: Carlos Vives & Alejandro Sanz lead the pack of nominees! (VIDEO)

If you don't know who Ilya Kuryaki & The Valderramas are, get ready for a treat. This Argentinean duo shares with Alejandro Sanz, Carlos Vives, and record producer Javier Garza, the honor of being nominated for five Latin Grammys. Seems weird not to see more of the big names of Latin music are in this very short list, right? But those weren't the only surprises of the morning.


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Another huge surprise are that names like Edgar Barrera, Andrés Castro, Julio Reyes Copello share with Brazilian maestro Caetano Veloso four nominations. Don't get me wrong: I'm convinced that both new artists and the people at the studios deserve as much praise as the artists in front of the microphone and the camera, but what happened to everybody else? Colombian singer and song writter Andrés Cepeda, Draco Rosas, Spanish star Mala Rodriguez and Gilberto Santa Rosa have three nominations each. Last year's big winners Mexican brother and sister duo Jesse y Joy only have one nomination.

For the second time in a row, the two general categories have ten nominees and the mix is wild. For album of the year, the nominatees are: Pablo Alborán (Tanto), Bajofondo (Presente), Miguel Bosé (Papitwo), Andrés Cepeda (Lo mejor que hay en mi vida), Natalie Cole (En español), Guaco (Escultura), Gian Marco (Versiones), Draco Rosa (Vida), AlejandroSanz (La música no se toca) and Carlos Vives (Corazón profundo).

For recording of the year, the nominees are Pablo Alborán ("Tanto"), Marc Anthony ("Vivir mi vida"), Buika ("La nave del olvido"), Andrés Cepeda ("Lo mejor que hay en mi vida"), Natalie Cole con Juan Luis Guerra ("Bachata rosa"), Santiago Cruz ("Desde lejos"), Draco Rosa and Ricky Martin ("Más y más"), Alejandro Sanz ("Mi marciana"), Caetano Veloso ("Um abraçaço") and Carlos Vives ("Volví a nacer").

As usual, the biggest surprises are the nominees for new artist. The list includes: A Band Of Bitches, Leslie Cartaya, EliaCiM, Clarice Falcâo, Jesús Hidalgo, Maluma, Mojito Lite, Gaby Moreno, Quattro y Milton Salcedo.

I love that both Vicente Fernández and his former chofer El Dasa are nominated in the categories of Mexican music, and since our fave Prince Royce doesn't have anything new, La princesa de la bachata Lesley Grace represented the genre and has one nomination. Not bad for a girl who graduated high school this summer. Check out the complete list of the nominations here.

Here is the video for "Ula Ula," the summer hit by nominated duo  Ilya Kuryaki & The Valderramas. The song was featured in Target's summer commercials and Ophrah even tweeted about how much she likes it!

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