Latin Grammy Nominees Feature A Few Surprises

Nominations for the 11th annual Latin Grammys were announced this morning in Los Angeles and, as in years past, the list of nominees reflects a wide and eclectic view of contemporary Latin music. There was a mix of newer names sprinkled among the more well known.

Of particular note was the nomination for Album Of The Year of Spanish vocalist Bebe, for her album Y. She's more of an alternative artist, but she's rubbing shoulders with mainstream pop nominees Miguel Bose and Alejandro Sanz.

Another surprise was Spanish vocalist Concha Buika’s nomination for Song Of the Year for her track "Si Me Hizo Facil." It's unusual because her album was recorded with Latin jazz pianist Chucho Valdes, who is much older than Buika, and because the album is dedicated to Chavela Vargas, a legendary singer famous for her traditional Mexican music.

That combination is like having a traditional bluegrass vocalist making an album with an older rock 'n roller dedicated to American roots music. Oh wait — that’s not unusual any more!

Vocalist Nelly Furtado's Spanish album, Mi Plan, was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. The nomination seems to put a stamp of approval, at least from her music biz peers, on her transition from recording in English to  recording in Spanish.

The 11th Annual Latin Grammy’s will be televised live on Spanish language network Univision on November 11, 2010 live from Las Vegas.

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