Calle 13 wins five Latin Grammy Awards

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Calle 13, a duo made up of the rapper Residente (René Pérez) and the producer Visitante (Eduardo Cabra), has brought political critiques, raunchy fantasies and globe-hopping musical eclecticism to the Latin hip-hop style called reggaetón. It received the most nominations for this year’s awards, in five of the 49 award categories, with its album, “Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo” (“Those Behind Are Coming With Me”), and won them all, including Album of the Year. Calle 13’s single “No Hay Nadie Como Tú” (“There’s No One Like You”), which was written and performed with the Mexican rock group Café Tacvba, was named Record of the Year, the award for a single, as well as Best Alternative Song. Calle 13 also won awards for Best Urban Album and Best Short Music Video. The video was “La Perla,” a song about growing up in a poor neighborhood in San Juan, which Calle 13 performed with the Panamanian songwriter Rubén Blades.

For Album of the Year, Calle 13 was competing with the album “Cantora 1” by Mercedes Sosa, the Argentine singer who was a voice of the Americas’ social conscience for decades. She died on Oct. 4, at 74. “Cantora 1” was named Best Folk Album. Ms. Sosa was a central figure in the Latin American “new song” movement that mingled politics and poetry, calling for social justice. She had been revered across Latin America. “Her music is going to live forever,” Residente said.

The Best Contemporary Tropical Album award went to Omara Portuondo, the 79-year-old Cuban singer who was part of the Buena Vista Social Club.

For more go to http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/06/arts/music/06grammy.html

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