August 23, 2005

Obscure Spanish singer leads Latin Grammy nominations

By Leila Cobo

MIAMI (Billboard) - Spanish singer/songwriter Bebe pulled
off a surprise Tuesday, netting a leading five nominations for
the sixth Latin Grammys.

Her nods include album of the year for her debut, "Pafuera
Telaranas" (Virgin Records/EMI Music Spain), and record and
song of the year for the single "Malo." Although Bebe's album
has sold over 400,000 copies in Spain, according to EMI, in the
United States it was released with barely a whimper, with
neither the single or the album appearing on the Billboard

Marc Anthony, Obie Bermudez, Juanes, JD Natasha and Aleks
Syntek scored three nominations each. The current Latin music
fad Reggaeton, a mix of dancehall with tropical and hip hop
elements, garnered a single nomination in the main categories:
Daddy Yankee's "La Gasolina," produced by LunyTunes, received a
nod for Record of the year.

By the same token, regional Mexican music, still the most
commercially successful Latin genre in the country, was largely
overlooked in the main categories. Only norteno band Intocable
garnered a nod for best album for its double-disc set, "Diez."

Bermudez's nominations included best album for "Todo El
Ano"(EMI) and song of the year for the title track. Another EMI
act, Mexico's Aleks Syntek, also garnered song and record of
the year nods for "Duele El Amor," a duet with Ana Torroja.

The Latin Grammys will be held November 3 at the Shrine
Auditorium in Los Angeles. The awards will air live on the
Univision after previously being broadcast by CBS.