Juanes big winner at Latin Grammys

Singer/songwriter wins 5 kudos, Santaolalla bags three

See winnersMIAMI — It was a long and bumpy road, but the Latin Grammys finally made it to Miami in year four.

The big winner of the evening was Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes, who was five for five.

He walked away with kudos for rock solo vocal album and album of the year for “Un Dia Normal,” rock song (“Mala Gente”), song of the year (songwriting for “Es Por Ti”), and record of the year for “Es Por Ti.”

Producer Gustavo Santaolalla had been also been nommed in six categories and celebrated three wins: Album Of The Year, for “Un Dia Normal,” record of the year (“Es por Ti”), as well as for best pop instrumental album, “Bajofundo Tango Club,” all on his label with with Juan Campodonico, Surco.

Miami-based Bacilos followed with two wins with best tropical song “Mi Primer Millon” and best pop album for “Caraluna”. Those kudos were shared by Sergio George, who co-wrote “Mi Primer Millon” and produced the album.

Better known for her tropical sounds, Puerto Rico’s Olga Tanon nabbed her fourth Grammy, for best female pop album, to add to her two general and one Latin statues. It was her first nomination in a pop category, and she edged out the likes of Thalia and Spain’s Ana Torroja.

Established Mexican rock group Mana, which has been together for 15 years and will tour the United States in October, received best rock album by a duo or group.

David Bisbal, who first emerged on the Spanish scene via TV songfest competish “Operacion Triunfo,” was named best new artist during the preshow.

He triumphed over Mexican singer/songerwriter Natalia Lafouracade, who was shut off of all four categories in which she had been nominated.

Imported from California, the evening’s host, comedian and actor George Lopez, brought his trademark irreverent humor, though a number of his self-deprecating Latino jokes and the scripted exchanges among presenters fell flat.

The show kicked off with a rousing medley tribute to salsa queen Celia Cruz, who passed away in July. The performance featured Marc Anthony, India, Oscar D’Leon, Olga Tanon, El General, Gloria Estefan, and Victor Manuelle, and Arturo Sandoval on trumpet.

In a bid to attract new auds and revive ratings for the two-hour CBS broadcast, the kudofest featured Latino-Anglo pairings of both presenters and performers, and often drew from the ranks of TV.

They included “American Idol’s” Kelly Clarkson joining Alexandre Pires on stage for his hit “Amame,” though she sang her part in English. Juanes was teamed with the Black Eyed Peas in a bilingual medley of their respective songs, “La Paga” and “Latin Girls”.

Ultimately only eight of the 40-award categories were unveiled on the air.

Bebu Silvetti was named producer of the year, posthumously, as the Argentine producer died of cancer earlier in 2003.

Silvetti’s nomination cited four different albums, including “Hasta que Vuelvas” from Luis Miguel, with whom Silvetti had previously collaborated on “Romances”.

Other pre-show winners who have long been on the scene cover a number of more traditional music categories: Mexicans Vicente Fernandez for ranchero album and Joan Sebastian for banda album; Argentina’s Mercedes Sosa for folk album; Caetano Veloso and Jorge Mautner for musica popular Brasileira; and Milton Nascimento for brazilian song.

No Cuba-based nominees were ultimately able to attend the ceremony, ostensibly because of visa problems, which took the steam out a planned protest by right-wing Cuban exiles, who opted to cancel. A small group of demonstrators in favor of the attendance of Cuban artists were on hand.

Cuba-based artists did receive kudos: Ibrahim Ferrer, best known to U.S. auds for his Buenavista Social Club perfs, for best traditional tropical album kudo, and rap group Orishas, for best rap/hip-hop album.

Latin Grammy 2003 Winners

Song Of The Year
Es Por Ti
Juanes, songwriter
Performed by Juanes on Un Dia Normal
Surco/Universal Music Latin

Pop Album by a duo or group with vocal
Warner Music Latina

Male Pop Vocal Album
Enrique Iglesias

Female Pop Vocal Album
Olga Tanon
Warner Music Latina

Rock Album by a duo or group with vocal
Revolucion de Amor
Warner Music Mexico

Album Of The Year
Un Dia Normal
Producers: Juanes and Gustavo Santaolalla
Engineers/mixers: Anibal Kerpel & Thom Russo
Surco/Universal Music Latin

Regional Mexican Song
Joan Sebastian

Producer Of The Year (Announced Earlier During The Pre-Show)
Bebu Silvetti

Record Of The Year
Es Por Ti
Performed by Juanes on his album “Un Dia Normal”
Producers: Juanes and Gustavo Santaolalla
Engineers/mixers: Anibal Kerpel & Thom Russo
Surco/Universal Music Latin

Pop Instrumental Album
Bajofundo Tango Club, various artists
Producers: Juan Campodonico & Gustavo Santaolalla
(Surco/Universal Music Latin)

Rap/Hip-Hop Album
(Surco/Universal Music Latin)

Rock Solo Vocal Album
Un Dia Normal
(Surco/Universal Music Latin)

Rock Song (Songwriter’s Award)
Mala Gente
Juanes, songwriter
Performed by Juanes on Un Dia Normal
(Surco/Universal Music Latin)

Salsa Album
40 Aniversario en Vivo
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico

Merengue Album
Pienso Asi….
Milly Quezada
Sony Discos

Contemporary Tropical Album
Ruben Blades
Sony Discos/Harmony

Tradition Tropical Album
Buenos Hermanos
Ibrahim Ferrer

Tropical Song (Songwriter’s Award)
Mi Primer Millon
Sergio George & Jorge Villamizar, songwriters
Performed by Bacilos on Caraluna
Warner Music Latina

Ranchero Album
35 Aniversario- Lo Mejo de Lara
Vicente Fernandez

Banda Album
Joan Sebastian

Grupero Album
Que Sentiras?
Freddie Records

Tejano Album
Si me faltas tu
Jimmy Gonzalez y el Grupo Mazz
Freddie Records

Norteno Album
La Tercera es la Vencida…Eso!
Los Terribles del Norte
(Freddie Records)

Folk Album
Mercedes Sosa
FEG Discos/Sony Music Entertainment Argentina

Tango Album
Homenaje a Piazzolla
Sexteto Mayor

Flamenco Album
El Corazon de mi gente
Pepe de Lucia
Pep’s Records

Latin Jazz Album
Brazilian Dreams
Paquito D’Rivera
MCG Jazz

Christian Album
Sana Nuestra Tierra
Marcos Witt
Canzion Producciones

Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album
Capitol Music/EMI

Brazilian Rock Album
Longo Caminho
Os Paralamas do Sucesso
Capitol Music/EMI

Samba/Pagode Album
Ao Vivo
Indie Records/Universal Music Brasil

MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira)
Eu Nao Peco Desculpa
Caetano Veloso e Jorge Mautner
Universal Music Brasil

Sertaneja Album
Zeze di Camargo e Luciano
Zeze di Camargo e Luciano

Brazilian Roots/Regional Album
Chegando de Manshinho
Velas Producoes Artisticas Musicais e Com.

Brazilian Song (Songwriter’s Award)
Milton Nascimento
Performed by Milton Nascimento e Maria Rita Mariano on Pieta

Latin Children’s Album
Xuxa So Para Baixinhos 3
Producers: Ze Henrique and Xuxa
Som Livre

Classical Album
Historia del Soldado
Paquito d’Rivera
Producers: Dania Devora & Jose Luis Ruperez
Rumor Records

Engineered album
Revolucion de Amor (Mana)
Engineers: Benny Faccone & Paul McKenna
Warner Music Mexico

Producer of the Year
Bebu Silvetti

Music Video
Video directors: Jason Archer & Paul Beck
Video Producer: Kathee Schneider
Film Roman/Surco/Universal Music Latino)

New Artist
David Bisbal