Threesome take home record, song honors
Mexican pop threesome Camila gave the old guard a run for its money at the 11th annual Latin Grammy Awards, taking three major awards on Thursday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Vegas.The trio’s hit “Mientes” triumphed in two top categories: record of the year (an award given to artists, producers and engineers) and song of the year (presented to cleffers). Group’s “Dejarte De Amar” collected best pop album by a duo or group. Dominican merengue icon Juan Luis Guerra, who had previously won nine Latin Grammys, added three more to his total, winning album of the year and best contemporary tropical album, for “A Son De Guerra” and best tropical song, for”Bachata en Fukuoka”. Bilingual Cuban-Canadian singer Alex Cuba (born Alexis Puentes) was dubbed best new artist. He has also won two Juno Awards in Canada. Canada-born multilingual vocalist Nelly Furtado’s Spanish-language “Mi Plan,” which features half a dozen songs co-written by Cuba, was selected as best female pop vocal album. Spanish balladeer Alejandro Sanz brought his Latin Grammys tally to 15, as his “Paraiso Express” won as best male pop vocal album. Gustavo Cerati, singer of the Argentine group Soda Stereo, received the Grammys for best rock solo vocal album (“Fuerza Natural”) and best rock song (“Déjà Vu”). Cerati has been comatose since suffering a stroke after a concert in Venezuela in May. Several musicians familiar to non-Latin listeners carried home trophies. Vet Brazilian singer-guitarist Gilberto Gil won two awards: best MPB (musica popular Brasileira) album for “Banda Dois” and best Brazilian roots album for “Fe na Festa.” Sergio Mendes, famed in the States for his bestselling pop recordings with Brasil ’66, won the best Brazilian contemporary pop album award for “Bom Tempo,” Noted Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval took best instrumental album for “A Time For Love.” Panamanian singer-actor Ruben Blades’ “Cantares del Subdesarrollo” was named best singer-songwriter album. Prolific film and TV composer Lalo Schifrin received the best contemporary classical composition award for “Pampas,” interpreted on a collection of Argentine music by cellist Antonio Lysy. Spanish tenor and conductor Placido Domingo was honored as the Latin Grammys’ Person of the Year at a dinner and concert held Wednesday night. Thursday’s kudocast aired on Univision.