Camila and Juan Luis Guerra are top Latin Grammy winners

Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:50pm EST
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By Nichola Groom

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Mexican pop trio Camila and Dominican merengue star Juan Luis Guerra were the big winners at Latin music's biggest night on Thursday, picking up three Latin Grammys each in top categories.

Camila's song "Mientes" won awards for song of the year and record of the year, while Guerra took home the album of the year trophy for "A Son de Guerra."

"I'm happy for them," Guerra said backstage when asked about his "tie" with Camila for the evening. Guerra's wins on Thursday, including for best contemporary tropical album and best tropical song for "Bachata en Fukuoka," brings his lifetime Latin Grammy tally to 15, he said.

Camila, whose members include Mario Domm, Samo and Pablo Hurtado, also won best pop album by a duo or group with vocals for "Dejarte de Amar."

"We feel very happy," Domm, who shared the song of the year Grammy with co-writer Monica Velez, said backstage. "We never imagined that we could win three Grammys."

Other winners included an emotional Nelly Furtado, who picked up the best female pop vocal prize for her first Spanish-language album, "Mi Plan."

"I don't believe it, I didn't prepare anything," the Canadian songstress said in Spanish while accepting her award. "Thank you very much for your support and your faith in me."

Spain's Alejandro Sanz won the best male pop vocal album Grammy for "Paraiso Express," and Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba claimed the best new artist trophy. Cuba, whose music reflects Latin, African, jazz and pop influences, co-wrote half the songs on Furtado's "Mi Plan."   Continued...

<p>Members of Camila hold their award for Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group for "Dejarte de amar" at the 11th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada November 11, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>