Wednesday, July 18, 2001
Miami Colombian newcomer Juanes and Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz led the list of nominees Tuesday for the second annual Latin Grammy awards.
Juanes was nominated for six and Sanz for five. They're up against bilingual teen pop diva Christina Aguilera, Aterciopelados and Gilberto Gil for record of the year. For album of the year, they'll vie with Vicente Amigo and Mexican singer Paulina Rubio.
Juanes is also up for best new artist and best rock solo vocal album. His song "Fijate Bien" garnered nominations for best rock song and song of the year.
Sanz's song and album of the same name, "El Alma Al Aire," received nominations for song of the year, best male pop vocal album and best music video.
Nominees in 39 categories will compete for the awards in Latin music, which has gained mainstream interest due in part to the success of such crossover artists as Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony. The awards will be handed out Sept. 11 in Miami.
"We're probably concentrating this year a little more on discovery of talent," said Michael Greene, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and the Latin Recording Academy. "We'll still have the big artists ... but we're committed to finding new artists that can be successful."
Timbalero Tito Puente, who died last year, was nominated again this year. The New York native born to Puerto Rican parents got a best salsa album nod for his work with Eddie Palmieri on "Obra Maestra."
Also receiving a posthumous nomination was Cuban music legend Chico O'Farrill ï¿½ who died June 27 ï¿½ for the best Latin jazz album "Carambola."
Martin garnered one nomination for his Spanish-language version of the mainstream hit "She Bangs."