Latin Grammy Awards 2012 Full List of Nominees

Latin Grammy Awards 2012 Full list of Nominees

ByABC News
September 25, 2012, 11:17 AM

Sept. 25, 2012— -- The nominees for the 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards are in! At a press conference this morning in L.A.'s Belasco Theater, the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Scienes, along with several of this year's nominees, unveiled the nominations for the different categories of Latin music's most prestigious awards show, taking place in Las Vegas on November 15th at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and airing live on Univision.

Juanes, who received four nominations (including Album of the Year) for his MTV Unplugged was present to announce the Best New Artist nominees, a category which this year boasts 10 artists, as opposed to the usual five -- among them, Juan Magan of "Bailando Por Ahi" fame. After the press conference, 17-time Latin Grammy winner Juanes described his latest album as a "rebirth" of sorts. His bluesy duet "Azul Sabina" with the prolific Spanish singer/songwriter Joaquin Sabina was a clear favorite among Academy members this year; it's up for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Maestro Juan Luis Guerra, who was the musical director behind Juanes' rebirth album, leads with six nominations, including Song of the Year for his "En El Cielo No Hay Hospital," from his latest collection of Christian music, infused with tropical flavor.

Quadruple nominee Carla Morrison (her nods include Best Alternative Music Album and Album of the Year for her Dejenme Llorar) was at home in Mexico when she received the news and sent this reaction to us via e-mail: "I am so happy and grateful to God for this beautiful life! Being nominated is something I never imagined...Thank you for believing in my independent work, honesty was the root of it all."

Colombian band ChocQuibTown received three nods, including Album of the Year for their Eso Es Lo Que Hay. Member Goyo expressed how honored they were for the recognition. "We're just proud to represent the region [of Choco in Colombia]," he said, adding a special shout-out to Univision's Ilia Calderon, Edicion Nocturna's anchor and another proud Afro-Colombian who hails from the same place. "She's really doing an amazing job of representing who we are as a people," Goyo added.

Mexican siblings and pop duo Jesse & Joy from Mexico, who have had great success with their ballad "Corre" on YouTube (96 million views and counting) are nominated in six categories, tied with Juan Luis Guerra for most nods this year. When asked about acceptance speeches, Jesse joked: "My dad always told me: 'Stand tall so people can see you, speak loud enough so people can hear you, but briefly so they'll love you."

Best New Artist nominees 3BallMTY were on hand to speak to reporters after the press conference and joked that one of the perks of making it in the music industry is better clothes. "We have a new song with [Puerto Rican urban duo] J.King y Maximan called 'La Noche Esta de Fiesta', and another one coming with Jowell y Randy," said the group's Erick Rincon about the follow-up to their oft-remixed tribal guarachero anthem, "Intentalo."

"The fact that they don't fit neatly into any category speaks to how innovative their sound is," said their producer Toy Selectah, proudly. "They're not regional Mexican, they're not quite alternative, they're not pop or urban. And they're so young, they've only just begun. Whether they're at home in Monterrey or on tour, they're always working on new music. It's something that's a part of their daily lives."

Below the complete list of nominations:

Album Of The Year

Independiente — Ricardo Arjona

Un Pokito De Rocanrol — Bebe

Chico — Chico Buarque

Eso Es Lo Que Hay — ChocQuibTown

¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro? — Jesse & Joy

MTV Unplugged — Juanes

Déjenme Llorar — Carla Morrison

Peligro — Reik

Dear Diz (Everyday I Think Of You) — Arturo Sandoval

Especial Ivete, Gil e Caetano — Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil & Ivete Sangalo

Record Of The Year

"Fuiste Tú" — Ricardo Arjona con Gaby Moreno

"Calentura" — ChocQuibTown Featuring Tego Calderón & Zully Murillo

"Que Te Vaya Mal" — Kany García

"En El Cielo No Hay Hospital" — Juan Luis Guerra

"¡Corre!" — Jesse & Joy

"Azul Sabina" — Juanes Featuring Joaquín Sabina

"Hasta Que Te Conocí" — Maná

"Atrás Da Porta" — Ivete Sangalo

"No Me Compares" — Alejandro Sanz

"Bésame Mucho" — Zoé

Song Of The Year

"Azul Sabina" — Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes & Joaquín Sabina, songwriters

(Juanes Featuring Joaquín Sabina)

"¡Corre!" — Jesse & Joy & Tommy Torres, songwriters (Jesse & Joy)

"Creo En Tí" — Kiko Cibrián, Gilberto Marín, Julio Ramírez & Mónica Vélez, songwriters (Reik)

"Déjenme Llorar — Carla Morrison, songwriter (Carla Morrison)

"En El Cielo No Hay Hospital" — Juan Luis Guerra, songwriter (Juan Luis Guerra)

"Estoy Hecho De Pedacitos De Ti" — Jose Luis Latorre, Antonio Orozco & Xavi Pérez, songwriters

(Antonio Orozco Featuring Alejandro Fernández)

"Extranjero" — Maycon Ananias & Cassyano Correr, songwriters (Maria Gadú)

"Fuiste Tú" — Ricardo Arjona, songwriter (Ricardo Arjona con Gaby Moreno)

"Invisible" — Amaury Gutiérrez & Gian Marco, songwriters (Gian Marco)

"No Me Compares" — Alejandro Sanz, songwriter (Alejandro Sanz)

Best New Artist

Gaby Amarantos

Deborah De Corral


Ulises Hadjis

Los Mesoneros

Juan Magán

Rosario Ortega

Piso 21


Ana Victoria


Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album

En Acústico — Pablo Alborán

Chambao — Chambao

¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro? — Jesse & Joy

Bela y Sus Moskitas Muertas — Beatriz Luengo

Reconocer — Pamela Rodríguez


Best Urban Music Album

Otro Nivel De Música Reloaded — J. Álvarez

The Original Gallo Del País — Tego Calderón

The Most Powerful Rookie — Farruko

MT02 New Generation — Don Omar

La Bala — Ana Tijoux


Best Pop/Rock Album

Porfiado — El Cuarteto De Nos

Turista Del Amor — Jotdog

Diciembre — Leiva

Camino A Encontrarte — Los Claxons

La Cuenta Atrás — Vega


Best Alternative Music Album

Mundo Anfibio — Lisandro Aristimuño

Eso Es Lo Que Hay — ChocQuibTown

Cosas Perdidas — Ulises Hadjis

Sueño De La Máquina — Kinky

Déjenme Llorar — Carla Morrison


Best Salsa Album

Eba Say Ajá — Rubén Blades & Cheo Feliciano

Soy y Seré — Luis Enrique

Watch Out! ¡Ten Cuidado! — Mambo Legends Orchestra

Busco En Pueblo — Victor Manuelle

Mi Última Grabación — Tito Nieves

Best Tropical Fusion Album