LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mexican rock group Cafe Tacuba led the field of Latin Grammy contenders on Wednesday, picking up six nominations in a list that recognized new talent like singer-songwriter Kany Garcia of Puerto Rico and established superstars like Andres Calamaro.
Juanes, one of the best-selling singers from Colombia, and Argentina’s Gustavo Santaolalla, Oscar-winning composer of the “Brokeback Mountain” score and a record producer, were each nominated five times.
Singer Gloria Estefan was named the Latin Grammy artist of 2008 and was also among performers earning three nominations.
Cafe Tacuba’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 Vez.”
The alternative Mexican band is competing in several categories against Juanes, whose nominations include album of the year for “La Vida...Es Un Ratico” and record and song of the year for “Me Enamora.”
“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 as the nominations were announced in Los Angeles.
The nominations embraced performers from Spain to Brazil and recognized music as diverse as samba, alternative rock and tropical.
Garcia, 25, one of the hottest new Latin artists to emerge in the past year, grabbed four nominations for album of the year and best female pop vocal album for her 2007 debut “Cualquier Dia,” along with best new artists and song of the year for “Hoy Ya Me Voy.”
Argentinean rock icon Calamaro, 47, who with his former band Los Rodriguez was one of the biggest acts in Spain in the 1990s, was nominated for best rock solo album (“La Lengua Popular”), got two entries in the best rock song and a fourth nomination for best alternative song.
A contingent of long-established artists and new faces, including Spain’s Buika, singer-songwriter Jose Feliciano, tenor Placido Domingo, Italian operatic pop tenor Andrea Bocelli and Mexican singer-actress Ximena Sarinana, 22, were also recognized.
The 9th Latin Grammys will be awarded on November 13 in Houston, Texas, and will be broadcast live on the Spanish-language Univision network.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Mary Milliken and Cynthia Osterman