Latin Grammys favor Guerra; Martin close


MIAMI -- 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.

A list of the nominations in the general categories follows:

Record Of The Year

"Bello Embustero" (Beautiful Liar)
Beyonce & Shakira, track from: "B'Day" (Deluxe Edition), Columbia Records/Music World

Miguel Bose con Paulina Rubio, track from: "Papito," Warner Music Benelux B.V.

"La Excepcion"
Gustavo Cerati, Ariola

"La Llave De Mi Corazon"
Juan Luis Guerra 440, track from: "La Llave De Mi Corazon," EMI/Televisa

"Tu Recuerdo"
Ricky Martin featuring La Mari De Chambao y Tommy Torres, track from "MTV Unplugged," Sony BMG Music/Norte

Album Of The Year

Miguel Bose con Varios Artistas (with various artists), Warner Music Benelux B.V.

"Residente O Visitante"
Calle 13, Sony BMG Music/Norte

"La Llave De Mi Corazon"
Juan Luis Guerra 440, EMI/Televisa

"MTV Unplugged"
Ricky Martin, Sony BMG Music/Norte

"El Tren De Los Momentos"
Alejandro Sanz, Warner Music Benelux B.V.

Song Of The Year

"Bella Traicion"
Belinda, Kara Dioguardi & Nacho Peregrin, track from: "Utopia," EMI/Televisa

"La Llave De Mi Corazon"
Juan Luis Guerra, track from: "La Llave De Mi Corazon," EMI/Televisa

"Labios Compartidos"
Fher Olvera, track from: "Amar Es Combatir," Warner Music Mexico

Franco De Vita, track from: Mil y Una Historias En Vivo, Sony BMG Music/Norte

"Todo Cambio"
Mario Domm, track from "Todo Cambio," Sony BMG Music/Norte

Best New Artist

Alejandra Alberti
Jesse & Joy
Dafnis Prieto
Ricky Vallen

Best Female Pop Vocal Album

Ana Belen, Ariola

Belinda, EMI/Televisa

Shaila Durcal, EMI

"Alla En El Sur"
Ilona, Virgin Colombia

"Yo Canto"
Laura Pausini, Warner Music Italy

Best Male Pop Vocal Album

Miguel Bose con Varios Artistas, Warner Music Benelux B.V.

"Para Amarte Mejor"
Andres Cepeda, FM Discos y Cintas

"Mil y Una Historias En Vivo"
Franco De Vita, Sony BMG Music/Norte

"MTV Unplugged"
Ricky Martin, Sony BMG Music/Norte

"Leccion De Vuelo"
Aleks Syntek, EMI Music Mexico