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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Superstar Spaniard Alejandro Sanz and three other singer-songwriters from Mexico, Uruguay and the Dominican Republic led the field of contenders unveiled on Wednesday for the 11th annual Latin Grammys with four nominations each.
Sanz, a 14-time Latin Grammy winner considered one of the most commercially successful Spanish singers of all time, was nominated in the top category of album of the year, as well as for best male pop vocal album, for "Paraiso Express."
He also earned nominations in the key races for record of the year and song of the year for the single "Desde Cuando."
In the contest for album of the year, Sanz faces competition from Dominican merengue star Juan Luis Guerra, a nine-time Latin Grammy winner, for "A Son De Guerra," and from Mexican singer-keyboardist Mario Domm for "Dejarte De Amar" as a member of the pop-rock trio Camila.
Guerra's release also was nominated as best contemporary tropical album, and he earned nods for best tropical song and best short-form music video for his single "Bachata En Fukuoka."
Domm also shared nominations with his trio Camila for best pop album by a duo or group with vocal for "Dejarte De Amar" and for record of the year for the ballad "Mientes."
"Mientes" earned Domm his fourth bid in the race for best song, a category that recognizes the composers. In this case, Domm shared his nomination with Monica Velez.
Facing Domm and Sanz in the competition for record and song of the year is Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler, who was nominated in both categories for "Una Cancion Me Trajo Hasta Aqui."
Drexler also earned nods for best singer-songwriter album for "Amar La Trama," and for best long-form music video for "La Trama Circular."
He made Academy Award history in 2005 by becoming the first to win an Oscar for a Spanish-language song, his composition "Al Otro Lado del Rio," from the film "The Motorcycle Diaries" about the young Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
Two acts garnering three bids each were Camila and Puerto Rican reggaeton star Yankee Daddy, who gained one nomination for best urban music album for "Mundial" and two nods in the best urban song category for "Descontrol" and "Grito Mundial."
The Latin Grammys will be presented on November 11 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas in a show broadcast live on the Spanish-language television network Univision.