9th Annual Latin GRAMMY Nominations

The 9th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards nominations were announced today at a press conference attended by national and international media at the House of Blues Sunset Strip. Artists reading nominations this morning included Buika, Lila Downs, Flex, Kany Garcia, Esai Morales, Gustavo Santaolalla, and Ximena Sarinana. In a
year that recognized an array of artists and creative professionals across
numerous styles, the nominations celebrate and spotlight a unique mix of
established and emerging artists. The 9th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set
for Nov. 13 at Toyota Center in Houston, will be broadcast live on the
Univision Network from 8 - 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central).

Cafe Tacvba leads the nominations with six; Juanes and Gustavo
Santaolalla garnered five nods each; Andres Calamaro, Kany Garcia and
Julieta Venegas each received four nominations; 2008 Latin Recording
Academy Person of the Year Gloria Estefan, Victor Manuelle, Soraya Moraes,
Ximena Sarinana, and Joan Sebastian are among those who earned three nods
apiece. And a contingent of long-established artists and emerging music
makers - including Pepe Aguilar, Maria Bethania, Andrea Bocelli, Tego
Calderon, Daddy Yankee, Placido Domingo, Jose Feliciano, Vicente Fernandez,
Flex, Gilberto Gil, Alejandra Guzman, Los Tigres Del Norte, Gian Marco,
Manu Chao, Sergio Mendes, Molotov, Ednita Nazario, Laura Pausini, Maria
Rita, Olga Tanon, Tito El Bambino, Caetano Veloso, and Wisin y Yandel -
each earned nominations.

"In its ninth year, the Latin GRAMMY nominations continue to reflect a
diverse and eclectic worldwide Latin music community of well-respected
artists while bringing fresh new acts and trends to the forefront, " said
Gabriel Abaroa, President of The Latin Recording Academy. "With more
than 5, 000 entries this year, it's encouraging to see so many music makers
and professionals participate in the awards process, and to see so many
albums, songs, and creators getting due recognition from peers. The world
will be watching on Nov. 13, and there will be much to celebrate."

This year's Album Of The Year category features established superstars
as well as rising new talent: Spain's Buika for Nina De Fuego; Mexico's
Cafe Tacvba for Sino and Vicente Fernandez for Para Siempre; Puerto Rico's
Kany Garcia for Cualquier Dia; and Colombia's Juanes for La Vida ... Es Un
Ratico. A similar diversity can be seen in the Best MPB (Musica Popular
Brasileira) Album category: Maria Bethania for Dentro Do Mar Tem Rio - Ao
Vivo; Chico Buarque for Chico Buarque Carioca - Ao Vivo; Seu Jorge for
America Brasil O Disco; Omara Portuondo e Maria Bethania for Omara
Portuondo e Maria Bethania; Roberta Sa for Que Belo Estranho Dia Pra Se Ter
Alegria; and Caetano Veloso for Multishow Ao Vivo Ce.

Cafe Tacvba's six nominations include: Album Of The Year and Best
Alternative Album for Sino, Record Of The Year and Best Alternative Song
for "Volver A Comenzar, " and Song Of The Year and Best Rock Song for "Esta

Earning five nods each are: Juanes for Album Of The Year and Best Male
Pop Vocal Album for La Vida ... Es Un Ratico, and Record Of The Year, Song
Of The Year and Best Short Form Music Video for "Me Enamora;" and
musician/songwriter/producer Gustavo Santaolalla with two nominations in
Record Of The Year (as producer on Cafe Tacvba's "Volver A Comenzar" and
Juanes' "Me Enamora"), two nominations in Album Of The Year (as producer on
Cafe Tacvba's Sino and Juanes' La Vida...Es Un Ratico), and a nomination in
Best Short Form Music Video (Bajofondo's "Pa' Bailar, " as a member of the

Andres Calamaro, Kany Garcia and Julieta Venegas earned four
nominations apiece: Calamaro for Best Rock Solo Vocal Album (La Lengua
Popular), two nods in Best Rock Song ("Carnaval De Brasil" and "Mi Gin
Tonic"), and Best Alternative Song ("5 Minutos Mas [Minibar]"); Garcia for
Album Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Album (Cualquier Dia), Song Of
The Year ("Hoy Ya Me Voy"), and Best New Artist; and Venegas for Record Of
The Year and Song Of The Year ("El Presente"), and Best Alternative Album
and Best Long Form Music Video (MTV Unplugged).

Five artists garnered three nods each: 2008 Latin Recording Academy
Person of the Year Gloria Estefan for Traditional Tropical Album and Best
Long Form Music Video (90 Millas) and Best Tropical Song ("Pintame De
Colores, " with Emilio Estefan Jr., Alberto Gaitan & Ricardo Gaitan); Victor
Manuelle for Best Salsa Album (Soy), Best Traditional Tropical Album (Una
Navidad A Mi Estilo), and Best Tropical Song ("Llego El Amor"); Soraya
Moraes for Best Christian Album (Spanish Language) (Tengo Sed De Ti), Best
Christian Album (Portuguese Language) (Som Da Chuva), and Best Brazilian
Song ("Som Da Chuva, " with Marco Moraes); Ximena Sarinana for Best New
Artist, Best Alternative Song ("Normal"), and Producer Of The Year; and
Joan Sebastian for Album Of The Year (producer on Vicente Fernandez's Para
Siempre), Best Banda Album (No Es De Madera), and Best Regional Mexican
Song "Estos Celos").

The 9th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will feature 49 categories and will
be supported on radio via Univision Radio (the official Spanish-language
radio network of the Latin GRAMMY Awards), and highlighted on the Internet
by Univision Online (the official online partner of the Latin GRAMMY
Awards) at For more information, a complete list
of nominees, and media credentialing instructions, please visit

Tickets to the 9th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be on sale starting
Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. CT, and may be purchased at select Houston area
Randall's locations, via phone by dialing 1.866.4HOUTIX (1.866.446.8849),
or via the Internet at Tickets will be
available at the Toyota Center box office beginning Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. CT.

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based
organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording
artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical
recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the
quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In
addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the
recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides
educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community.

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