Cafe Tacuba feasts at Latin Grammys

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Miami — Mexican alternative band Cafe Tacuba collected six nominations Wednesday, including album ("Sino") and song of the year ("Esta Vez"), to lead the way for the ninth annual Latin Grammy Awards.

Juanes netted five noms for his album "La Vida … Es un Ratico" and his song "Me Enamora." His producer and fellow recording artist Gustavo Santaolalla garnered four noms for production credits for Cafe Tacuba and Juanes and two with his own group, Bajofondo.

Andres Calamaro, newcomer Kany Garcia and Mexican alt-chanteuse Julieta Venegas earned four noms each, while Gloria Estefan, Victor Manuelle, Soraya Moraes, Ximena Sarinana scored three.

The nominees lean toward Latin rock and alternative music, genres that, with few exceptions, have seen slow sales in the U.S. "Sino" has sold 23,000 copies here, according to Nielsen SoundScan, though Cafe Tacuba is popular in many Latin countries.

The Latin Grammys will air live Nov. 13 on the Univision network from the Toyota Center in Houston.

Leila Cobo is an executive director at Billboard.
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