Puerto Rico’s Calle 13 leads Latin Grammy nods


Calle 13 is heading for Latin Grammy gold: The Puerto Rican band is the top competitor for this year’s awards, the Associated Press reports.

Eduardo Cabra of the group is nominated for 10 awards, including producer of the year, while the band is up for nine.

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that producer and songwriter Andres Castro has eight nominations and mastering engineer Tom Coyne has seven.

Calle 13 have been Latin Grammy favorites since the band broke on the scene with their 2005 self-titled debut. Multiviral, the band’s fifth album and first to be released on their own label, will compete for album of the year; Respira El Momento and Ojos Color Solare up for song and record of the year. Those top three categories have 10 nominees each.

Enrique Iglesias’ Bailando, a hit on Top 40 radio, is nominated for song and record of the year. Iglesias will compete for a total of five awards — as will the song’s co-star Descemer Bueno — when the show airs live Nov. 20 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Carlos Vives, who was the big winner last year with three Latin Grammys, is nominated for six awards, including album of the year. Others competing for the latter award include Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, Camila, Paco de Lucia, Jorge Drexler, Fonseca, Jarabe De Palo and the trio of Lila Downs, Nina Pastori and Soledad.

Carlos Santana’s Corazon was left out of the top category, but will compete for best contemporary pop vocal album.

Calle 13’s other nominations include best urban music album, performance and song.

The 15th annual Latin Grammys will air on Telemundo.

For the original report go to http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2014/09/24/latin-grammys/16160297/

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