Latin Grammy Awards Aims To Take Over Las Vegas Nov. 21


Brazilian writer/singer Caetano Veloso garnered four Latin Grammy nominations.

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Brazilian writer/singer Caetano Veloso garnered four Latin Grammy nominations.

Everything is set for Latin music’s biggest night of the year: the nominees in 48 diverse categories, the stage at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, the election of Person of the Year (Miguel Bosé), plus countless other ceremonies, parties and pressers before and after.

But the main drama at the 14th annual Latin Grammy Awards, to be held on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m., will be played out, as usual, in the three main categories – Record, Album and Song of the Year – each comprised of ten nominees.

Guatemala's singer and songwriter Gaby Moreno gets a Latin Grammy nod for Best New Artist.

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Guatemala’s singer and songwriter Gaby Moreno gets a Latin Grammy nod for Best New Artist.

The brightest stars of the night, with five nominations each, are Colombian tropi-pop master Carlos Vives for his album “Corazón Profundo,” Argentine funk duo Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas for their comeback record “Chances,” and producer Javier Garza (Alejandro Sanz, Carlos Vives, Kany Garcia).

Other highly-nominated artists – four nods each – include Brazil’s Caetano Veloso and Spanish heartthrob Alejandro Sanz, as well as producers Edgar Barrera, Andres Castro and Julio Reyes Copello.

Flamenco singer, Buika, is nominated for Record of the Year with ‘La Nave del Olvido.’

Flamenco singer, Buika, is nominated for Record of the Year with ‘La Nave del Olvido.’

This year’s main categories are almost exclusively populated by male musicians. But notable exceptions include flamenco genre-bender Buika, nominated for Record of the Year with “La Nave del Olvido,” and Natalie Cole, who earned three nominations (Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album) for her novelty album “En Español.”

Just like the three main races, this year’s Best New Artist category has ten nominees including the frontrunner: Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno, already well-known for touring and recording with Ricardo Arjona.

Draco Rosa is set to perform at this year’s Latin Grammys.

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Draco Rosa is set to perform at this year’s Latin Grammys.

But keep an eye out for dark horses like Colombian pop group Mojito Lite or multicultural Los Angeles “popzzical” quartet Quattro.

Viewers who tune into the live broadcast on Univision – hosted by singer Lucero – will be treated to performances by Bosé (who’s up for two awards), Vives, Mexican pop songstress Natalia Lafourcade, Puerto Rican pop star Draco Rosa and the radio-friendly duo Jesse & Joy.

–Courtesy of NY Daily News

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