Shakira tops Latin Grammy nods


NEW YORK -- Surprising no one, Shakira was the big winner at the seventh annual Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday night, taking home four statues during the ceremony at Madison Square Garden.

The Colombian pop star won song and record of the year awards for "La Tortura," a duet with Spaniard Alejandro Sanz. She also received trophies for female pop vocal album and album of the year for her Spanish-language "Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1."

"Fijacion Oral" also was named best engineered album, collecting honors for Vlado Meller and his team.

Shakira wasn't the only artist going home with multiple awards as reggaeton duo Calle 13 took home three trophies. The Puerto Ricans were named best new artist, won for shortform music video with "Atrevete Te, Te!" and beat out reggaeton stars Daddy Yankee and Don Omar to win best urban music album with their self-titled debut.

Popular Mexican singer Joan Sebastian received two awards in the regional Mexican field, taking the nod for best banda album with "Mas Alla del Sol" and winning for best grupero album with "En el Auditorio Nacional."

Argentine rocker Gustavo Cerati, who was nominated for four awards, also took home two statues: rock solo vocal album for the guitar-heavy "Ahi Vamos" and rock song for the piano ballad "Crimen."

Socially conscious Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona, who has sold more than 12 million albums during his 13-year career, took the nod for male pop vocal album with his "Adentro."

Mexican chanteuse Julieta Venegas, also nominated for four awards, won the alternative music album trophy for "Limon y Sal."

The 2006 Latin Grammys honored performers in 47 categories in a variety of styles and subgenres including rock, pop, jazz, urban, samba, salsa, merengue, Christian and classical, many of which were showcased during the three-hour ceremony that was telecast live on Univision.

Performers at the event included Shakira, Andrea Bocelli and Ricky Martin, who was honored as the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg also made an appearance.

Several Latin music veterans also were honored: Puerto Rican vocalist Gilberto Santa Rosa, known as the "Gentleman of Salsa," won for best salsa album with "Directo al Corazon," and Brazilian music mainstay Sergio Mendes won for best Brazilian contemporary pop album with his hip-hop-inspired "Timeless." California group Los Tigres del Norte, who have been together since the late '60s, won best norteno album for "Historias Que Contar."

This was the second year the Latin Grammys were broadcast on Univision and the first time the event was held in New York. Organizers hoped to tap into the city's large and diverse Latin population.