New stars make Latin Grammy list

Thursday, July 15, 2004

— Household names took a back seat at the Latin Grammy nominations Wednesday, as Brazilian jazz singer Maria Rita and Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes collected four nods each while producer Tom Capone had five.

The well-known Spanish crooner Alejandro Sanz had four nominations, but superstars like Marc Anthony, Carlos Vives, Thalia and Shakira were largely passed over.

"Our milestone fifth year is one where the spotlight shines on everyone who makes Latin music, not just the established performers," said Gabriel Abaroa, president of the Latin Recording Academy. "Up-and-coming artists and the creative professionals who usually remain behind the scenes are getting their due."

Capone's mentions included producer of the year; two for record of the year (Rita's "A Festa" and Skank's "Dois Rios"); album of the year; and best engineered album for Rita's eponymous CD.

Rita's nods included album of the year and Musica Popular Brasileira Album for "Maria Rita," plus best new artist and record of the year for "A Festa." Sanz was recognized for best overall albu m and best male pop vocal album for "No Es Lo Mismo," and song of the year and record of the year for the album's title track.

Valdes shared mentions for album of the year and traditional tropical album for "Lágrimas Negras" and record of the year for the title track (all with Diego El Cigala), and best Latin jazz album for "We Could Make Such Beautiful Music" (with Federico Britos).

Cafe Tacuba, Diego El Cigala, Mick Guzauski, Kevin Johansen, Javier Limón, Pepe Loeches, Robi Draco Rosa, Rafa Sardina, and Julieta Venegas earned three nods each

The fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards are to be broadcast live on CBS Sept. 1 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.