Latin Grammys Coming Soon

Published July 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Carlos Santana might go home with a Latin Grammy to add to his other Grammy awards; he’s up for Record of the Year. Other nominees include Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera and Luis Miguel, reported 

Producer Emilio Estefan Jr., racked up the most nominations at six, followed by crossover sensation Marc Anthony and Latin songstress Shakira with five apiece. 

The nominations extend to 40 categories, including rock, flamenco, salsa and regional forms of Mexican music.  

“The nominations reflect both the international scope and reach of Latin music and the artists who make it, while also recognizing the important role the music continues to play domestically,” said Michael Greene, president and CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, in a statement.  

Greene adds, “while many of the nominations are names that the public will readily recognize, a great number will be artists and technical professionals whose work prior to these nominations has only achieved regional recognition.” 

Estefan’s nominations as a producer and songwriter were spread among albums from some of Latin music’s most popular artists, including Anthony, Gloria Estefan, and Carlos Vives, a former actor nominated for four awards of his own, including Album of the Year.  

Anthony’s nominations included nods in the Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories, plus Best Pop Male Performance for “Dímelo (I Need to Know)” from his eponymous album. His duet with Jennifer Lopez, “No Me Ames,” also earned nominations for both artists in two categories, including Best Music Video. 

One of the most notable nominees is in the best new artist category for 92-year-old Ibrahim Ferrer gaining recognition for his work in the Buena Vista Social Club.  

Multilingual Broadcast 

The event will be broadcast live on CBS Sept. 13, and Greene told that winning ratings could be a challenge, “it’s a risk, I mean, there’s no question a prime-time CBS broadcast with Spanish, Portuguese mixed with English will be something different for the viewing audience,” Green expects the music will transcend the language barriers, “if it doesn’t we’ve screwed up.”  

Artists can win both a traditional Grammy and a Latin variation, eligibility is based on where the album is released in a given year. 

The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences has been around for 11 years, although the awards ceremony debut does reflect recent chart toppers.  

“There’s no question we moved up our timetable a little bit because of the noise Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are making, but that’s a good thing because it shows the U.S. population is ready for some new music forms,” said Greene— (various sources).  


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