Juan Luis Guerra Leads Latin GRAMMY® Nominations with Six; Jesse & Joy Garner Five Nods; Ricardo Arjona, Edgar Barrera, Juanes, Carla Morrison, Arturo Sandoval, Ivete Sangalo and 2012 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Caetano Veloso Each Receive Four Nominations


Nominations Once Again Reflect a Diverse Blend of Established and Rising Talent from Across the Latin Music World, and This Year Include 10 Nominees in Each of the Four General Categories

Sep 25, 2012, 11:50 ET from The Latin Recording Academy

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nominations for the XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® (www.latingrammy.com) were announced today at a press conference attended by national and international media at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The event was streamed live on LatinGRAMMY.com (and is now available as video on demand) and was hosted by The Latin Recording Academy® President/CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr., and Univision television personality Giselle Blondet. Artists reading nominations this morning included: Maria Barracuda of pop/rock group Jotdog; Miguel "Slow" Martinez and Carlos "Tostao" Valencia of hip-hop/funk trio ChocQuibTown; pop vocalist Shaila Durcal; singer/songwriter Kany Garcia; pop duo Jesse & Joy; international superstar Juanes; singer/songwriter Gian Marco; Latin pop group Reik; Norteno band Los Tucanes de Tijuana; and pop/rock artist Ana Victoria. The XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set for Nov. 15 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, will be broadcast live on the Univision Network (www.univision.com) from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). For a complete list of nominees, media credentialing instructions and more information, please visit www.latingrammy.com. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Latin Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter (www.twitter.com/latingrammys) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/latingrammys).

Juan Luis Guerra tops the nominations with six; Jesse & Joy garner five nods; Ricardo Arjona, Edgar Barrera, Juanes, Carla Morrison, Arturo Sandoval, Ivete Sangalo, and 2012 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Caetano Veloso are up for four awards; Chico Buarque, ChocQuibTown, Don Omar, Rafael Dragaud, Gregg Field, Javier Garza, Gilberto Gil, Ulises Hadjis, Roberto Talma, and Martin Terefe are among those who each received three nominations.

"The Latin GRAMMY nominations continue to highlight a varied and wide-ranging group of Latin music makers that reflects emerging talent as well as established artists," said Abaroa. "It is always encouraging to see creative professionals across the worldwide Latin music community acknowledging their peers and recognizing excellence in recorded Latin music. We look forward to another year of celebrating the best and brightest in Latin music, and to presenting another stellar telecast in Las Vegas on Nov. 15 with our friends and partners at Univision and Mandalay Bay."

As announced earlier this year, each of the four categories in the General Field (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist) now include 10 nominations; the three categories in the Pop Field (Best Female Pop Vocal Album, Best Male Pop Vocal Album, and Best Pop Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal) are now combined into two categories: Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album; Best Pop/Rock Album has been added in the Rock Field; and Best Tropical Fusion Album has been added to the Tropical Field.

Following is a sampling of nominations in 47 categories from the Latin GRAMMY Awards' 18 Fields, featuring a diverse array of musical styles and artists, and some of the most prominent names and brightest newcomers in Latin music:

Album Of The Year
IndependienteRicardo Arjona
Un Pokito De Rocanrol — Bebe
ChicoChico Buarque
Eso Es Lo Que Hay — ChocQuibTown
Con Quien Se Queda El Perro? — Jesse & Joy
MTV Unplugged — Juanes
Dejenme LlorarCarla Morrison
Peligro — Reik
Dear Diz (Everyday I Think Of You)Arturo Sandoval
Especial Ivete, Gil e CaetanoCaetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil & Ivete Sangalo

Record Of The Year
"Fuiste Tu" — Ricardo Arjona con Gaby Moreno
"Calentura" — ChocQuibTown Featuring Tego Calderon & Zully Murillo
"Que Te Vaya Mal" — Kany Garcia
"En El Cielo No Hay Hospital" — Juan Luis Guerra
"Corre!" — Jesse & Joy
"Azul Sabina" — Juanes Featuring Joaquin Sabina
"Hasta Que Te Conoci" — Manaa
"Atras Da Porta" — Ivete Sangalo
"No Me Compares" — Alejandro Sanz
"Besame Mucho" — Zoe

Song Of The Year
"Azul Sabina" — Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes & Joaquin Sabina, songwriters
(Juanes Featuring Joaquin Sabina)
"Corre!" — Jesse & Joy & Tommy Torres, songwriters (Jesse & Joy)
"Creo En Ti" — Kiko Cibrian, Gilberto Marin, Julio Ramirez & Monica Velez, songwriters (Reik)
"Dejenme Llorar — Carla Morrison, songwriter (Carla Morrison)
"En El Cielo No Hay Hospital" — Juan Luis Guerra, songwriter (Juan Luis Guerra)
"Estoy Hecho De Pedacitos De Ti" — Jose Luis Latorre, Antonio Orozco & Xavi Perez, songwriters
(Antonio Orozco Featuring Alejandro Fernandez)
"Extranjero" — Maycon Ananias & Cassyano Correr, songwriters (Maria Gadu)
"Fuiste Tu" — Ricardo Arjona, songwriter (Ricardo Arjona con Gaby Moreno)
"Invisible" — Amaury Gutierrez & Gian Marco, songwriters (Gian Marco)
"No Me Compares" — Alejandro Sanz, songwriter (Alejandro Sanz)

Best New Artist
Gaby Amarantos
Deborah De Corral
Ulises Hadjis
Los Mesoneros
Juan Magan
Rosario Ortega
Piso 21
Ana Victoria 

Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album
En Acustico — Pablo Alboran
Chambao — Chambao
Con Quien Se Queda El Perro? — Jesse & Joy
Bela y Sus Moskitas MuertasBeatriz Luengo
ReconocerPamela Rodriguez

Best Urban Music Album
Otro Nivel De Musica Reloaded — J. Alvarez
The Original Gallo Del PaisTego Calderon
The Most Powerful Rookie — Farruko
MT02 New GenerationDon Omar
La Bala — Ana Tijoux

Best Pop/Rock Album
Porfiado — El Cuarteto De Nos
Turista Del Amor — Jotdog
Diciembre — Leiva
Camino A Encontrarte — Los Claxons
La Cuenta Atras — Vega

Best Alternative Music Album
Mundo AnfibioLisandro Aristimuno
Eso Es Lo Que Hay — ChocQuibTown
Cosas Perdidas — Ulises Hadjis
Sueno De La Maquina — Kinky
Dejenme LlorarCarla Morrison

Best Salsa Album
Eba Say AjaRuben Blades & Cheo Feliciano
Soy y SereLuis Enrique
Watch Out! Ten Cuidado! — Mambo Legends Orchestra
Busco En PuebloVictor Manuelle
Mi Ultima GrabacionTito Nieves

Best Tropical Fusion Album
Afronauta — Caseroloops
Ilusion+ — Fonseca
Una y Otra VezSergent Garcia
The King Of DanceJuan Magan
Phase IIPrince Royce

Best Ranchero Album
Mas De Un Camino  — Pepe Aguilar
Asi — Shaila Durcal
No Que No...Pedro Fernandez
Aqui En El Rancho — Miguel y Miguel
Trio Ellas — Trio Ellas

Best Regional Mexican Song
"Ay Mi Mexico" — Ismael Gallegos & Alberto "Beto" Jimenez Maeda, songwriters
(Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea)
"Como Me Acuerdo De Ti" — Charlie Corona & Jesse Turner, songwriters (Siggno)
"El Dia Que Me Fui" — Luis Carlos Monroy & Adrian Pieragostino, songwriters (Shaila Durcal)
"El Mejor Perfume" — Luis Carlos Monroy & Adrian Pieragostino, songwriters
(La Original Banda El Limon De Salvador Lizarraga)
"Vivo Contenta" — Manuel Eduardo Toscano, songwriter (Paquita La Del Barrio)

Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album
Oasis De BethaniaMaria Bethania
Joao Bosco 40 Anos DepoisJoao Bosco
AmoragioIvan Lins
O Que Voce Quer Saber De VerdadeMarisa Monte
RaizLeila Pinheiro
EloMaria Rita
Especial Ivete, Gil e CaetanoCaetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil & Ivete Sangalo

Best Brazilian Song (Portuguese Language)
"A Doida" — Pretinho Da Serrinha, Leandro Fab & Seu Jorge, songwriters (Seu Jorge)
"Ai Se Eu Te Pego" — Antonio Dyggs & Sharon Axe Moi, songwriters (Michel Telo)
"Ainda Bem" — Arnaldo Antunes & Marisa Monte, songwriters (Marisa Monte)
"Amor E Pra Quem Ama" — Lenine & Ivan Santos, songwriters (Lenine)
"Querido Diario" — Chico Buarque, songwriter (Chico Buarque)

Producer Of The Year nominations go to Moogie Canazio, Gregg Field & Arturo Sandoval, Sergio George, Juan Luis Guerra, and Martin Terefe.

This year's Latin GRAMMY Awards process registered a record-breaking more than 7,500 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Jul. 1, 2011 – June. 30, 2012), and all members of The Latin Recording Academy were able to submit entries for consideration through an online entry process for the first time. Latin GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Oct. 2 to the voting members of The Latin Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm Deloitte by Oct. 23, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the XIII Latin GRAMMY telecast. This year, for the first time, The Latin Recording Academy and Spotify will be working together to offer voting members and all music fans the opportunity to listen to nominated music for the XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. More details to be announced shortly.

The XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be supported on radio via Univision Radio (the official Spanish-language radio network of the Latin GRAMMY Awards), and highlighted on the Internet at www.latingrammy.com and www.univisionmusica.com, featuring video interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from today's nominations announcement. Additionally, the telecast will be distributed internationally to more than 100 countries.

A limited number of tickets to the XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be available for sale to the public, and may be purchased at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office (877.632.7400; www.mandalaybay.com) or through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com). On-sale date and further information will be announced soon.

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