Calle 13 leads noms for Latin Grammys

Puerto Rican group up for album of the year

MIAMI -- With five nods to their name, Latin Grammy darlings Calle 13 led the list of esoteric nominees for the 10th annual Latin Grammy Awards.

The eclectic Puerto Rican urban group, which has already won several Latin Grammys in the past, is up for awards in the album of the year and best urban album of the year categories (for "Los de Atras Vienen Conmigo"), and record of the year and best alternative song (for "No Hay Nadie Como Tu") as well as best shortform music video for "La Perla," featuring Ruben Blades.

Following in number of nominations, with three each, were Ivan Lins & the Metropole Orchestra, Jose Lugo, Jorge Luis Piloto, Ivete Sangalo, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Caetano Veloso, and Wisin y Yandel.

Receiving two nominations each were Ricardo Arjona, Babasonicos, Bebe, Cafe Tacvba, Andres Cepeda, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Luis Enrique, Luis Fonsi, Sergio George, Saul Hernandez (Jaguares), Laura Pausini, Luz Rios, Marco Antonio Solis, Mercedes Sosa and Tito "El Bambino."

There were some expected nods, like Fonsi's wonderful mega-hit "Aqui Estoy Yo," nominated for Record and Song of the year.

But overall, the major nominees very scantily reflected the U.S. Latin market. Rather, they were an eclectic representation from the U.S., Spain and Latin America that was often eyebrow raising. Competing for the album of the year category alongside Calle 13, for example, are Colombian pop singer Andres Cepeda's "Dia a Dia," Luis Enrique's "Ciclos," "Regencia: Vince Mendoza," by Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra (Lins is also up in the record of the year category) and Mercedes Sosa's "La Cantora 1."

Several of those albums have not been released in the U.S., underscoring the Latin Grammys mission of honoring albums released in all Spanish and Portuguese speaking territories.

While the major nominee was Calle 13, the comeback story of the year may well be Luis Enrique, whose album "Ciclos," his first hit in nearly a decade, is up for album of the year, while the song "Yo No Se Manana," penned by Jorge Villamizar and Jorge Luis Piloto is up in song of the year.

As with the mainstream Grammys, many nominees to the Latin Grammys are determined by votes from members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, but several fields -- including all the major fields -- are sent to specific nomination committees for final review and they determine final nominees.

The Latin Grammys will air live Nov. 5 on the Univision network from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.