Mexico's Cafe Tacuba leads the nominations, with Juanes and Gloria Estefan trailing close behind

By People Staff
September 11, 2008 10:25 AM

Mexican rock group Cafe Tacuba picked up six nominations in a list that included songwriter Kany Garcia of Puerto Rico and recognized stars like Andres Calamaro.Cafe Tacuba’s six nominations include album of the year and best alternative album for “Sino,” record of the year and best alternative song for “Volver A Comenzar,” and best rock song for “Esta Vez.”The alternative Mexican band is competing in several categories against best-selling Colombian singer, Juanes, and Argentina’s Gustavo Santaolalla, Oscar-winning composer of the “Brokeback Mountain” score and a record producer, who were each nominated five times.Singer Gloria Estefan was named the Latin Grammy artist of 2008 and earned three nominations.The nominations embraced performers from Spain to Brazil and recognized music as diverse as samba, alternative rock and tropical. Argentinian Andrés Calamaro, Mexican Julieta Venegas and Puerto Rican Kany García each picked up four nominations. Excited about the announcement, García told “What I want people to know is that I’m honest, and that I make honest music,” as she was celebrating with her family in Puerto Rico upon hearing the news.

Mexican Ximena Sariñana, was also excited about her three nominations, including Best New Artist. “It’s like a pat on the back. It’s all been worth it.” Salsero boricua Víctor Manuelle, Brazilian Soraya Moraes, and Mexican Joan Sebastian also got nominations.

Regarding her first Latin GRAMMY, for herNiña de fuego, Spaniard Buika told us: “I feel at home, I feel like I’m in the right place.”

The Latin GRAMMY awards will be celebrated November 13 in the Toyota Center in Houston, TX, and aired on Univisión, at 8:00 P.M., Eeastern Standard Time.