The Latin Grammys announced an exciting list of nominees on Wednesday in Hollywood, including some of Mexico's finest musicians: Café Tacvba'sEl Objeto Antes Llamado got a nod for Best Alternative Music; and Tijuana's very own Julieta Venegas was recognized for Los Momentos (Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album).
The announcments are a great way to kick off Hispanic Heritage month festivities, because we can be sure our favorite Latin alternative artists will be making more apppearances.
"Remember, one of our main differences from the Grammys is that we are international," Gabriel Abaroa Jr., the president and CEO of the Latin Recording Academy, told Billboard at the press conference at which nominations were announced. "[A nominee] can be from the biggest Latin American country, or it can be from the smallest. It can be a Latin artist from Canada or from Europe -- all that matters is the music."
Venegas was on hand to announce the nominees in the Album of the Year category. She was excited for the nominees, who included Ana Tijoux for “Sacar La Voz” in the Best Urban Voice category. Venegas tweeted:
Muchos amigos nominados al Grammy latino, felicidades a todos! Y gracias x las felicitaciones! :D
Singer Natalie Cole, who's nominated in several categories for her No. 1 album debut in the Spanish language, did a great job announcing en Español the nominees in the Best Ranchera Album category. To watch the video click here.
Save the date: The Latin Grammys will be televised live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Nov. 21 on the Univision Network. For a complete list of nominees, go to LatinGrammy.com.
Dita Quiñones is a multimedia journalist born in Tijuana with a passion for Latin alternative and hip-hop music news. Her main goal is to uplift and inform so that the Latino and Hip-Hop community get knitted into the fabric of American history. In addition to SoundDiego, she contributes to Latina, FOX News Latino, Poder, VidaVibrante, and HipHopDx. She is also the founder of the infamous music and politrix blog GN$F! Follow Dita on Twitter.