Rap duo Calle 13 leads Latin Grammy nominees

Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:36pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13 led the contenders for the 10th annual Latin Grammys with five nominations, organizers said on Thursday, while Brazilian star Caetano Veloso and alternative Mexican band Cafe Tacvba were among the diverse acts with multiple mentions.

Calle 13 was nominated in the key categories of album of the year ("Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo") and record of the year, ("No Hay Nadie Como Tu" with Cafe Tacvba).

The duo's album and song also yielded nominations for best urban music album and alternative song. Additionally, the group was nominated for shortform music video ("La Perla" with Ruben Blades).

Veloso was nominated for best singer-songwriter album ("Zii e Zie"), Brazilian song ("A Cor Amarela"), and best longform music video ("E A Musica De Tom Jobim").

Other acts with three nominations each included Brazil's Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra; musician/producer Jose Lugo; songwriter Jorge Luis Piloto; Brazilian star Ivete Sangalo; Puerto Rican salsa veteran Gilberto Santa Rosa; and Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel.

The awards, to be handed out in 49 categories, will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on November 5, and will be broadcast in the United States on Spanish-language broadcaster Univision.

The 2008 ceremony, held in Houston, drew 5.8 million viewers on Univision, down 6 percent from the previous year.

Lins will also compete for album of the year, with "Regencia: Vince Mendoza," alongside Colombia's Andres Cepeda for "Dia Tras Dia," Nicaragua's Luis Enrique for "Ciclos," and Argentina's Mercedes Sosa for "Cantora 1."

The Lins album was also nominated for best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira), and his song "Arlequim Desconhecido" is up for record of the year.   Continued...

<p>Members of the group Calle 13, Residente (L) and Visitante, accept the Grammy awards for Best Urban Song for "Pal Norte" and Best Urban Music album for "Residente O Visitante" at the 8th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, November 8, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>