Like an enchanting spell over this year's 42nd annual Grammy Awards, the exciting presence of Latino artists and new Latin categories in the prestigious awards show is blessed and truly overwhelming.
Heading the parade of nominees in the general mainstream music categories is guitar wizard Carlos Santana. The Mexican-born veteran rockero stormed the polls when his latest CD Supernatural received 10 nominations, including nominations for Best Album and for Record of the Year Award. Santana led all nominees this year and trails only to Michael Jackson and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds for most nominations in a single year, (both receiving 12 nominations each in 1983 and 1994, respectively).
Puerto Rico's pop sensation Ricky Martin received 3 nominations. His mega-hit song La Vida Loca was nominated for Song of the Year, Best Pop Album, and also earned him a nomination under the Best Male Vocal Pop category. Also nominated in this male pop category were Marc Anthony for I Need to Know, Lou Bega for Mambo No. 5, Andrea Bocelli for Sogno, and Sting (the only non-Latin artist in the category) for Brand New Day.
Under the Best Female Pop Vocal category, Cristina Aguilera earned a spot with the song Genie in a Bottle. She also received a second nomination for the Best New Artist category.
Nominated under the Best Dance Recording category were Gloria Estefan for Don't Let This Moment End, and Jennifer López for Waiting for Tonight. Gloria Estefan also received a second nomination with the group "N Sync for the song Music of My Heart under the Best Collaboration With Vocals category.
Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba received a nomination for Inner Voyage under the Best Jazz Instrumental Performance category. Paquito D'Rivera was nominated under the Composing/Arranging category for his composition Tropicana Nights.
Nominated under the Best Instrumental Arrangement category were Lalo Schifrin for Fiesta and Dori Caymmi with Tom Scott for Pink Panther.
Best Latin Jazz Performance nominees are Tumbao Para Los Congueros De Mi Vida, by Al McKibbon; Latin Jazz Explosion, by Bobby Rodríguez; Antiguo, by Gonzalo Rubalcaba and his Cuban Quartet; Latin Soul, by Poncho Sánchez; Briyumba Palo Congo - Religion of the Congo, by Chucho Valdés.
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