Cafe Tacuba leads pack with six nods

Cafe Tacuba, the Mexican alternative rock band that is one of the few Spanish-speaking acts with a significant Anglo fanbase in the U.S., secured six Latin Grammy nominations Wednesday, putting the act in contention for the three top awards. Noms were announced in 49 categories at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

Juanes, the Colombian singer-songwriter who has already won 12 Latin Grammys, joins Cafe Tacuba in contending for album, record and song of the year. Cafe Tacuba is also up for alternative album, alternative song (“Volver A Comenzar”) and rock song (“Esta Vez”); Juanes is also contending for male pop vocal album and shortform musicvideo.

The man who produced the work of both acts, two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla, also received five noms: two each in the record and album categories plus shortform musicvideo as a member of Bajofondo.

Unlike in previous years, nominees in the top four categories are pop and rock acts of varying stripes, and a fair number of the artists are young and relative newcomers. Only one regional Mexican act, the ranchera singer Vicente Fernandez, is up for one of the top awards.

In the album category, Tacuba and Juanes are up against “Nina De Fuego,” from Spain’s Buika; Fernandez’s “Para Siempre”; and “Cualquier Dia,” by Kany Garcia of Puerto Rico.

Record contenders are Andrea Bocelli’s duet with Laura Pausini, “Vive Ya! (Vivere)”; “Bonita,” by Spain’s Cabas; “Volver A Comenzar,” by Cafe Tacuba; “Me Enamora,” by Juanes; and “El Presente,” by Julieta Venegas.

In addition to Cafe Tacuba and Juanes, the team of Aureo Baqueiro & Gian Marco, Venegas and Garcia are up for the song award. Garcia, Venegas and Andres Calamaro each received four nominations.

New artist is the only one of the four general categories in which Portuguese-language singers are found. Roberta Sa, who sings bossa nova and Brazilian pop, and samba singer Diogo Nogueira are up for the trophy along with Puerto Rico’s Kany Garcia, Mexican actress Ximena Sarinana and Colombia’s Monica Giraldo, who has released three albums since 2002.

The ninth annual Latin Grammy Awards will be held Nov. 13 at Toyota Center in Houston. Univision will broadcast the event. To be eligible, a recording had to be released between July 1, 2007, and June 30.

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