Guerra caliente at Latin Grammys noms


Juan Luis Guerra, a veteran star with a flair for innovation, leads with five nominations for the eighth annual Latin Grammy Awards, announced Wednesday.

Guerra picked up album of the year and merengue album of the year noms for "La Llave de Mi Corazon" (EMI Televisa), which stretches the bounds of contemporary bachata and merengue. The hit title song, which spent weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart, was nominated in three categories, including record and song of the year. Guerra also will be feted as the person of the year by the Latin Recording Academy.

Puerto Rican star Ricky Martin and urban duo Calle 13 are next with four noms each.

Martin, who is living a comeback of sorts with his album "MTV Unplugged" (Sony BMG), got a pair of noms, including album of the year, for that disc, as well as a record of the year nom for the single "Tu Recuerdo."

Calle 13, winner's of last year's best new artist award, is up for album of the year and best urban music album for its irreverent "Residente o Visitante" (Sony BMG).

Miguel Bose is up for three awards, including album of the year for "Papito" (Warner). He was honored as this year's lifetime achievement honoree at the 2006 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Venezuelan troubadour Franco De Vita also got three noms, including song of the year for "Tengo" and best male pop vocal album for "Mil Historias que Contar" (Sony BMG).

Nominees were announced at a news conference in Miami, home to the Latin Academy's offices.

The eighth annual Latin Grammy Awards will take place Nov. 8 in Las Vegas and will air on Univision. Winners will be determined by votes from members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

Leila Cobo is an executive director at Billboard.