Latin Grammy Nominations Announced

Nominations for the sixth Annual Latin Grammy Awards are announced in Los Angeles. There are a total of 43 categories spanning music from the Spanish-speaking world. Felix Contreras reports.

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Nominations for the sixth annual Latin Grammy Awards were announced yesterday in Los Angeles. NPR's Felix Contreras reports on nominations from across the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world.

FELIX CONTRERAS reporting:

A singer-songwriter who mixes flamenco and punk picked up the most nominations.

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BEBE: (Singing in Spanish)

CONTRERAS: Bebe was nominated five times, including nods for best new artist and album of the year. She's from Spain, but her song, "Malo," has been a hit in the US and Latin America, illustrating how Spanish-language music has managed to transcend borders. Some of the most popular Latin music falls in the urban categories. At the Latin Grammys, this used to mean Spanish-language hip-hop, but this year four of the five nominees perform a style called Reggaeton, a mixture of Jamaican reggae and Spanish-language rapping. The latest from Puerto Rico's Daddy Yankee is nominated for best urban music album.

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DADDY YANKEE: (Rapping in Spanish)

CONTRERAS: There are six categories dedicated to Mexican regional music, which is also Latin music's most commercially successful genre. Brazilian music is so diverse that it takes up seven categories. And two octogenarians were among this year's nominees. Cuban bassist Cachao Lopez is nominated in the best tropical song category, alongside such younger performers as Marc Anthony, and pianist Bebo Valdes was nominated in the Latin jazz category.

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CONTRERAS: Winners of the sixth annual Latin Grammy Awards will be announced November 3rd. For the first time, the ceremony will be broadcast on the Univision Spanish-language TV network. Felix Contreras, NPR News.

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