The Latin Recording Academy announced nominations for the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at a press conference attended by national and international media at the Avalon in Hollywood, Calif. The event was streamed live on LatinGRAMMY.com (and is now available as video on demand), and was hosted by Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy, and Univision television personality Chiquinquira "Chiqui" Delgado.
Javier Garza, Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas and Carlos Vives top the nominations with five each; and Edgar Barrera, Andres Castro, Julio Reyes Copello, Alejandro Sanz, and Caetano Veloso are each up for four awards.
"Once again, it's gratifying to see the Latin GRAMMY Awards process produce a broad cross section of diverse and impressive nominees across multiple genres," said Abaroa. "This year's nominations truly reflect an exceptional and talented creative community that embodies some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry in their respective fields. With such a group of talented musicians, this year's Latin GRAMMY telecast will undoubtedly be memorable."
The nominees for Album Of The Year are Pablo Alborán, Tanto; Bajofondo, Presente; Miguel Bosé, Papitwo; Andrés Cepeda, Lo Mejor Que Hay En Mi Vida; Natalie Cole, En Español; Guaco, Escultura; Gian Marco, Versiones; Draco Rosa, Vida; Alejandro Sanz, La Música No Se Toca; and Carlos Vives, Corazón Profundo.
The nominees for Best New Artist are A Band Of Bitches, Leslie Cartaya, EliaCiM, Clarice Falcâo, Jesús Hidalgo, Maluma, Mojito Lite, Gaby Moreno, Quattro, and Milton Salcedo.
Nominated for Producer Of The Year are Rafael Arcaute, Sergio George, Javier Limón, Julio Reyes Copello, and Dan Warner.
Best Urban Performance has been added in the Urban Field this year, bringing the total number of categories to be recognized at the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards to 48 in 18 Fields.
Artists reading nominations this morning included nine-time GRAMMY winner Natalie Cole, Latin GRAMMY winner Aida Cuevas, bachata artist Leslie Grace, singer/songwriter Gaby Moreno, two-time Latin GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Draco Rosa, singer/songwriter Syntek, and five-time Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY winner Julieta Venegas.
This year's Latin GRAMMY Awards process registered a record-breaking 9,400-plus submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Jul. 1, 2012 – Jun. 30, 2013), and all members of The Latin Recording Academy were able to submit entries for consideration through an online entry process. Final ballots will be mailed on Oct. 1 to the voting members of The Latin Recording Academy, and they are due back to the accounting firm Deloitte by Oct. 22, where they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the Latin GRAMMY telecast. This year, for the second time, The Latin Recording Academy and Spotify will work together to offer voting members and all music fans the opportunity to listen to nominated music for the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. More details will be announced shortly.
The 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set for Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, will be broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). The telecast will be supported on radio via Univision Radio (the official Spanish-language radio network of the Latin GRAMMY Awards), and highlighted on the Internet at www.latingrammy.com and www.univisionmusica.com, featuring video interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from today's nominations announcement. Additionally, the telecast will be distributed internationally to more than 100 countries.
A limited number of tickets to this year's Latin GRAMMY Awards will be available for sale to the public on Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. PT, and may be purchased at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office (877.632.7400) or through Ticketmaster.