Alejandro Sanz, Spain’s bestselling singer of the last decade, swept the three major categories at the second annual Latin Grammys, taking home four trophies for his album “El Alma al Aire” (WEA Latina) and its title track.
Colombian rocker Jaunes, who led the way with seven nominations, was named best new artist and netted two other awards at a press conference Tuesday at the Conga Room in Hollywood. Juanes, who records for Surco/Universal, closed the ceremony singing his “Para Ser Eterno”; it was the day’s only performance.
“Even though I have been working for 10 years, I’m born again,” Juanes told Daily Variety. “The Grammy (for new artist) means a lot of things — it’s a key that opens a big door.”
Brazilian singer-songwriter Gilberto Gil was the only other multiple winner, earning awards for Brazilian roots album and Brazilian song.
At Tuesday’s hourlong press conference, actor Jimmy Smits and comedian Paul Rodriguez — subbing for an ill Christina Aguilera — handed out 19 of the 38 trophies. The Latin Grammys ceremony had been scheduled for Sept. 11 at the Forum in Inglewood and was canceled hours after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Speaking in Spanish, Sanz said the award “is very special to me because my peers are the ones that are giving me this recognition.” His next album, “MTV Unplugged,” will be released Nov. 19.
Most of the artists on hand to accept awards spoke of their families, making dedications to children and parents, and a handful mentioned the events of Sept. 11 and its aftermath. Celia Cruz, winner for traditional tropical album, “Siempre Vivire” on Sony Discos, dedicated her award to the police officers and firefighters who are still working at Ground Zero.
“If we come together right now, America is making a statement,” producer of the year winner KC Porter said. “We can come together. … We can realize the world is just one country.”
Ceremony began with a five-minute self-congratulatory video that showcased speeches from National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences president and CEO Michael Greene as well as rehearsals for the canceled event. Greene said there would be a Latin Grammy presence at the Grammy ceremony Feb. 27 but gave no details.
Rodriguez gave the event comedic flourishes throughout, “loosely translating,” as he put it, acceptance speeches that were mostly in Spanish. “Christina Agriculture,” as Rodriguez called her, was the only winner announced — female pop vocal album — who wasn’t present.
Smits, Green and Rodriguez lamented the lack of a broadcast, noting that many of the nominees would be reaching English-speaking audiences for the first time. Indeed, it was a Grammy performance by Ricky Martin that got tongues wagging about his star qualities, and last year’s Latin Grammys showcased Shakira, whose highly anticipated first English-longo album, “Laundry Service” on Epic, will be released Nov. 13.
The events of Sept. 11, others noted, will affect the touring plans of many international pop stars. Juanes, who will soon begin recording his second album in Los Angeles with Gustavo Santaolalla, the producer of his first disc, said his concerts were on hold, although performing live in the States is crucial for Spanish-speaking artists to build up audiences.
The artists on hand to receive awards were Cruz, Porter, Juanes, Sanz, Vicente Amigo, the rock band Aterciopelados, the norteno act Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos del Norte, Pedro Fernandez, Armando Manzanero, Chichi Peralta and Nestor Torres. Enrique Fernandez, executive director and senior vice president of the Latin Recording Academy, also presided over the handing out of awards.
Greene said NARAS would continue to fund the 3-year-old Latin Academy, which was expected to become self-sufficient this year.
Record Of The Year
El Alma Al Aire – Alejandro Sanz, Emanuele Ruffinengo, producer; Renato Cantele & Roberto Maccagno, engineers/mixers, Track from: El Alma Al Aire [WEA Latina]
Album Of The Year
El Alma Al Aire – Alejandro Sanz, Emanuele Ruffinengo, producer; Maurizio Biancani, Renato Cantele & Roberto Maccagno, engineers/mixers [WEA Latina]
Song Of The Year
El Alma Al Aire, Alejandro Sanz, songwriter (Alejandro Sanz), Track from: El Alma Al Aire [WEA Latina]
Best New Artist
Female Pop Vocal Album
Mi Reflejo, Christina Aguilera, [RCA/BMG U.S. Latin]
Male Pop Vocal Album
El Alma Al Aire, Alejandro Sanz, [WEA Latina]
Pop Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Duetos, Armando Manzanero, [Warner Music Mexico]
Pop Instrumental Album
This Side Of Paradise, Nestor Torres, [Shanachie]
Un Paso A La Eternidad, Sindicato Argentino Del Hip Hop, [Interdisc]
Rock Solo Vocal Album
Fijate Bien, Juanes, [Surco/Universal]
Rock Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Gozo Poderoso, Aterciopelados, [BMG Entertainment, Mexico]
Fijate Bien, Juanes, songwriter (Juanes), Track from: Fijate Bien, [Surco/Universal]
Obra Maestra, Tito Puente & Eddie Palmieri, [RMM Records]
…De Vuelta Al Barrio, Chichi Peralta, [Caïmán Records America Inc.]
Traditional Tropical Album
Siempre Viviré, Celia Cruz, [Sony Discos]
Jurame (Merengue), Kike Santander, songwriter (Gisselle), Track from: Voy A Enamorarte, [BMG U.S. Latin]
Yo No Fui, Pedro Fernández, [Mercury]
Contigo Por Siempre, Banda El Recodo, [Fonovisa]
Por Encima De Todo, Limite, [Universal Music Mexico]
Quien Iba A Pensar, Jimmy González y El Grupo Mazz, [Freddie Records]
Quémame Los Ojos/Amigos Del Alma, Ramón Ayala y Sus Bravos Del Norte, [Freddie Records/Harmony Records]
Regional Mexican Song
Borracho Te Recuerdo, José Vaca Flores, songwriter (Vicente Fernández), Track from: Lobo Herido, [Harmony Records]
La Rumba Soy Yo, El All-Stars De La Rumba Cubana, Cary Diaz & Joaquín Betancourt, producers, [BIS Music]
Tango Fatal, Carlos Franzetti, [Amapola Records]
Ciudad De Las Ideas, Vicente Amigo, [Ariola]
Latin Jazz Album
Live At The Blue Note, Paquito D’Rivera Quintet, [Half Note]
Contemporary Pop Album
Memórias, Crônicas E Declarações De Amor, Marisa Monte, [EMI Music Brasil]
3001, Rita Lee, [Mercury]
Água Da Minha Sede, Zeca Pagodinho, [Mercury/Universal Music]
MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) Album
Noites Do Norte, Caetano Veloso, [Mercury]
Semente Caipira, Pena Branca, [Kuarup Discos]
Brazilian Roots/Regional Album
As Canções De Eu, Tu, Eles (Music From The Film: Me You Them), Gilberto Gil, [WEA Music Brazil]
Brazilian Song (Portuguese Language)
Esperando Na Janela, Raimundinho do Acordeon, Targino Gondim & Manuca, songwriters (Gilberto Gil), Track from: As Canções de Eu, Tu, Eles (Music From The Film: Me You Them), [WEA Music Brazil]
Latin Children’s Album
Como Estan Ustedes?, Miliki, Oscar Gomez & Jose Morato, producers, [BAT Discos]
Albéniz: Merlin, Carlos Álvarez; Plácido Domingo; Jane Henschel; Ana María Martínez; José De Eusebio, conductor; Michael Haas, producer (Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid), [Decca Spain]
Arrasando, Marcelo Añez, Gustavo Celis, Gordon Chinn, Charles Dye, Javier Garza, Mike Guzauski, Sebastian Kyrs, Freddy Piñero, Jr., Eric Schilling, Joel Someilan, Ron Taylor, J. C. Ulloa & Robb Williams, engineers (Thalia), [EMI Music Mexico]
Producer Of The Year
• Brujeria (King Changó) (T)
• Cambia La Piel (Ricky Martin) (T)
• El Santo (King Changó) (T)
• Olympic Festival (Santana) (T)
• Un Error De Los Grandes (Laura Pausini) (T)
• Una Noche (98 ) (S)
She Bangs (Spanish), Ricky Martin, Wayne Isham, video director; Jil Harden & Dana Marshall, video producers, [Columbia Records]