Lena Hansen
August 29, 2007 AT 05:00 PM EDT

The early wakeup call Wednesday morning to get to the club Mansion in South Beach was worth it. At 8:30 AM, Eastern Time, the nominees for the 8th Annual Latin Grammy Awards were announced. Attending the ceremony were VIPs like Juan Luis Guerra, Willy Chirino, Ivy Queen, Daniela Mercury, Fanny Lú and Pablo Montero. After suffering the harsh flash of photography, they spoke with about their nominations…among other things.

Chirino, nominated for Best Salsa Album with 35 aniversario en vivo, shares the honor with fellow Cuban Isaac Delgado, whose En primera plana is his first album recorded on U.S. soil. Rather than a rivalry, Chirino says that a great brotherhood exists between the two. In fact, the “Ya viene llegando” singer spoke with Delgado on his cell phone following the nominations, assuring him with a playful tone: “If I don’t get it, you will, brother.”

The salsa artist also mentions that his untitled new album, which hits stores February 2008, includes the duet “Hay amores” with the Brazilian Daniela Mercury, a new version of “Lo que está pa’ ti” with Oscar D’León and a song that features Isaac Delgado. “I’ve always known his music, but we didn’t meet until he arrived in Miami. He came to my studio and we started to collaborate,” Chirino says of Delgado.

Pablo Montero is all dressed up in a suit and looking tan – probably from sunbathing at his new spa Boga in Torreón, Mexico – as he prepares for the launch of his album Mi tesoro in October, the same month when his child with Argentine model Sandra Vidal will be born. “I’m excitedly awaiting his arrival. I’m ready to meet him,” he says of his first child.

“Mi tesoro” includes 12 songs, some unknown and others hits from stars like Jorge Negrete, Antonio Aguilar and Lola Beltrán, among others. “It’s an album I’ve been talking about for four years and was finally able to record. I’m from the north, and I’ve been listening to this music since as long as I can remember, so this album is due,” Montero adds.

The awards show will air live on Univisión on Nov. 8 at 8 PM, Eastern Time, from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. According to Gabriel Abaroa, President of the Latin Recording Academy, a limited number of tickets to the show – available to the public – will go on sale Sept. 13. They can be bought directly at the Mandalay Bay box office or through Ticketmaster.

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