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And the 8th Annual Latin Grammy nominees are.....
The nominees for the 8th Annual Latin Grammy Awards were announced this morning in Miami. There weren't too many surprises in terms of who led the nominations race. Dominican Republic singer/songwriter Juan Luis Guerra leads the nominations with five; Calle 13 and Ricky Martin garnered four nods apiece.
Miguel Bosé, Franco De Vita, Carlos Jean, Kevin Johansen, Orishas and Zoé are among the nominees who earned three nods each; Aterciopelados, Belinda, Bob Clearmountain, Daddy Yankee, Kinky, Ivete Sangalo, Tommy Torres, and Caetano Veloso each received two nominations. And a contingent of diverse music makers " including Pepe Aguilar, Beyoncé, Cristian Castro, Chick Corea, Don Omar, Jorge Drexler, Fergie, Ibrahim Ferrer, Bela Fleck, Amaury Gutiérrez, Intocable, La Quinta Estación, Maná, Manu Chao, Pablo Montero, Ojos De Brujo, Laura Pausini, Paulina Rubio, Arturo Sandoval, Gustavo Santaolalla, Alejandro Sanz, Shakira, and " each earned nominations.

Wait some of those aren't Latinos!!! Anyway it's nice to see so many artists that we've covered here on VL (like Manu Chao, Kinky, and Ojos de Brujo) get nominated. Some nominations are questionable (Belinda for song of the year? Sorry I just don't feel her). The whole Best Female Pop Vocal Album category is just a mystery to me. Ivy Queen and Calle 13 go head to head again in the Best Urban Music Album category. There is some strong rockero presencia with Fito Paez, Gustavo Cerati, Aterciopelados and Rabanes. Even legendary songwriter Silvio Rodríguez got a nod. Valentín Elizalde and his band received a posthumous nomination.

I could go on forever, the list of nominees is that good! But instead I'll let you all read the complete list. In the meantime I have alot of listening to do.


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