For Shakira, success does translate well
Hips don’t lie, Shakira famously sings, but they sure help her win accolades, as the Colombian sensation scoops up a field-leading five nominations for the seventh annual Latin Grammy Awards, announced Tuesday in New York.
The belly-dancing singer-songwriter was the only artist to be named in the song, record and album categories, for her Spanish-language CD “Fijacion Oral Vol. 1" and its reggaeton-tinged hit “La Tortura.”
This marks a triumph for Shakira’s bicultural and bilingual music-making strategy, crowning her the most completely adapted crossover performer in contemporary pop music. By contrast, predecessors such as singers Julio Iglesias and Ricky Martin have struggled to regain their former footing with Latin fans after crossing over to English-language music.
Shakira’s double-barreled success comes at a difficult time for Latin music. Sales are down in the U.S. and Latin America, and no single trend has created the energy that typically fuels the industry. Reggaeton, the raunchy, supercharged dance music from Puerto Rico that created last year’s sensation, got virtually shut out of the top categories this year.
The only reggaeton-related act to earn a top nod was controversial Puerto Rican duo Calle 13, named in the best new artist category. The team of half brothers, also nominated for urban album and short-form video, has captured acclaim for its irreverent songs, often with biting social messages.
Other artists who garnered four nominations apiece are all well established in their fields: Guatemala’s socially minded singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona, Argentina’s rock icon Gustavo Cerati and Mexico’s pop darling Julieta Venegas.
The provocative video of Arjona’s pro-immigrant single “Mojado,” filmed at the U.S.-Mexico border, also was nominated in the short-form video category.
The surprise of this year, however, falls to Fonseca, a relative newcomer from Colombia who earned three nominations, including record of the year for the tropically flavored “Te Mando Flores” (I Send You Flowers), from his sophomore CD “Corazon.”
In a nod to nostalgia, veteran Brazilian artist Sergio Mendes got a best record nomination for a new version of “Mas Que Nada,” which appeared 40 years ago on the debut album by his crossover group Brasil 66. The new hip-hop version, featuring the Black Eyed Peas, is on Mendes’ aptly titled “Timeless” CD, also nominated for album packaging.
Best package is one of three new Latin Grammy categories this year, bringing the total to 47. The other new ones are for long-form video and cumbia/vallenato, Colombia’s folkloric dance genres popularized by Carlos Vives and Cabas.
This year marks a Latin Grammy first in one category, in which a famous father and his daughter are competing against each other. Acclaimed vocalist Enrique Morente and his daughter Estrella are both nominated for best flamenco album.
Since the Latin crossover wave that ushered in the first Latin Grammys in 1999, Shakira is the first artist to pursue a strategy of releasing two entirely separate albums in the same year for markets on both sides of the border. In 2005, “Fijacion” was followed by its English-language counterpart, “Oral Fixation, Vol. 2,” reissued this year with the new single with Wyclef Jean, “Hips Don’t Lie,” which shot to No. 1 on the pop chart and remains in the Top 40.
“Fijacion” is Shakira’s first Spanish-language album in seven years, proving how deeply she is rooted in her original market. It was released on the heels of her extraordinary crossover success with 2001’s English-language smash “Laundry Service.”
Shakira also landed nominations Tuesday for female pop vocal and short-form video for “La Tortura,” featuring multi-Grammy winner Alejandro Sanz, who is also nominated as the song’s co-writer.
The album, also nominated for album engineering, won a mainstream Grammy in February in the Latin rock/alternative category.
Shakira seems to defy the downturn in Latin record sales, which dropped 21% in the first half of this year, according to Billboard.
But the market blues have not dampened productivity. The number of albums submitted this year for Latin Grammy consideration jumped almost 20% to 5,000.
The entries reflect the growth of independent artists and labels, fueling a surge in membership for the Latin Recording Academy, which sponsors the international awards.
“The music is far from over,” said LARAS President Gabriel Abaroa. “I’m a big believer that crisis represents change, and change is normally good because it moves things off the status quo.”
For the first time, the general public will be able to buy tickets to the Nov. 2 award ceremony.
The eligibility period for recordings this year was extended to 15 months rather than the usual 12 -- from April 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006 -- academy officials said Tuesday, because the ceremony was moved from August to November as part of the show’s shift from English to Spanish-language television.
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Nominees in the top categories for the seventh annual Latin Grammy Awards, which will be Nov. 2 in Madison Square Garden in New York. The ceremony will be telecast at 8 p.m. on Univision.
Record of the year
“Acompaname a Estar Solo,” Ricardo Arjona (Lee Levin, Tommy Torres and Dan Warner, producers; Steve Churchyard, Mick Guzauski, David Hall, Lee Levin, Tommy Torres and Dan Warner, engineers/mixers)
“Te Mando Flores,” Fonseca (Bernandro Ossa, producer; Boris Milan and Bernandro Ossa, engineers/mixers)
“Mas Que Nada,” Sergio Mendes featuring the Black Eyed Peas (will.i.am, producer; Tony Maserati and Jason Villaroman, engineers/mixers)
“La Tortura,” Shakira (Gustavo Celis and Rob Jacobs, engineers/mixers)
“Me Voy,” Julieta Venegas (Cachorro Lopez, producer; Sebastian Schon, Cesar Sogbe, Coti Sorokin and Matias Sorokin, engineers/mixers)
Album of the year
“Ahi Vamos,” Gustavo Cerati (Cerati and Tweety Gonzalez, producers; Hector Castillo, Uriel Dorfman and Tweety Gonzalez, engineers/mixers; Howie Weinberg, mastering engineer)
“Cautivo,” Chayanne (Gustavo Arenas, Carlos De Yarza, Javier Diaz, John M. Falcone, Freddy Pinero Jr., Carlos Ponce, Joel Someillan and Rene L. Toledo, producers; Carlos Alvares, Carlos Bedoya, Javier Garza, Juan Cristobal Losada, Patricia Masterson, Freddy Pinero Jr., Mike Rivera, Andres Saavedra, Cesar Sogbe, Joel Someillan and Woody Woodruff, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer)
“Por Favor, Perdon y Gracias,” Leon Gieco (Gieco and Luis Gurevich, producers; Osqui Amante and Gustavo Borner, engineers/mixers; Tom Baker, mastering engineer)
“Fijacion Oral Vol. 1,” Shakira (Gustavo Cerati, Lester Mendez, Luis F. Ochoa, Rick Rubin and Shakira, producers; Gustavo Celis, Serban Ghanea, Mauricio Guerrero, Rob Jacobs, Kevin Killen and Dave Way, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer)
“Sal y Limon,” Julieta Venegas (Cachorro Lopez, producer; Sebastian Schon, Cesar Sogbe, Coti Sorokin and Matias Sorokin, engineers/mixers; Jose Blanco, mastering engineer)
Song of the year
“Acompaname a Estar Solo,” Ricardo Arjona (Arjona, artist)
“Cuando a Mi Lado Estas,” Pablo Manavello and Ricardo Montaner (Montaner, artist)
“La Tortura,” Luis F. Ochoa, Alejandro Sanz and Shakira (Shakira, artist)
“Nada Es Para Siempre,” Amaury Gutierrez (Luis Fonsi, artist)
“Tu Corazon,” Lena (Lena and Alejandro Sanz, artists)
Best new artist:
Source: The Latin Recording Academy
For recordings released during the eligibility year April 1, 2005, through June 30, 2006
Record of the year
“Acompaname a Estar Solo,” Ricardo Arjona (Lee Levin, Tommy Torres and Dan Warner, producers; Steve Churchyard, Mick Guzauski, David Hall, Lee Levin, Tommy Torres and Dan Warner, engineers/mixers); “Te Mando Flores,” Fonseca (Bernandro Ossa, producer; Boris Milan and Bernandro Ossa, engineers/mixers); “Mas Que Nada,” Sergio Mendes featuring the Black Eyed Peas (will.i.am, producer; Tony Maserati and Jason Villaroman, engineers/mixers); “La Tortura,” Shakira (Gustavo Celis and Rob Jacobs, engineers/mixers); “Me Voy,” Julieta Venegas (Cachorro Lopez, producer; Sebastian Schon, Cesar Sogbe, Coti Sorokin and Matias Sorokin, engineers/mixers)
Album of the year
“Ahi Vamos,” Gustavo Cerati (Cerati and Tweety Gonzalez, producers; Hector Castillo, Uriel Dorfman and Tweety Gonzalez, engineers/mixers; Howie Weinberg, mastering engineer); “Cautivo,” Chayanne (Gustavo Arenas, Carlos De Yarza, Javier Diaz, John M. Falcone, Freddy Pinero Jr., Carlos Ponce, Joel Someillan and Rene L. Toledo, producers; Carlos Alvares, Carlos Bedoya, Javier Garza, Juan Cristobal Losada, Patricia Masterson, Freddy Pinero Jr., Mike Rivera, Andres Saavedra, Cesar Sogbe, Joel Someillan and Woody Woodruff, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer); “Por Favor, Perdon y Gracias,” Leon Gieco (Gieco and Luis Gurevich, producers; Osqui Amante and Gustavo Borner, engineers/mixers; Tom Baker, mastering engineer); “Fijacion Oral Vol. 1,” Shakira (Gustavo Cerati, Lester Mendez, Luis F. Ochoa, Rick Rubin and Shakira, producers; Gustavo Celis, Serban Ghanea, Mauricio Guerrero, Rob Jacobs, Kevin Killen and Dave Way, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer); “Sal y Limon,” Julieta Venegas (Cachorro Lopez, producer; Sebastian Schon, Cesar Sogbe, Coti Sorokin and Matias Sorokin, engineers/mixers; Jose Blanco, mastering engineer)
Song of the year
“Acompaname a Estar Solo,” Ricardo Arjona (Arjona, artist); “Cuando a Mi Lado Estas,” Pablo Manavello and Ricardo Montaner (Montaner, artist); “La Tortura,” Luis F. Ochoa, Alejandro Sanz and Shakira (Shakira, artist); “Nada Es Para Siempre,” Amaury Gutierrez (Luis Fonsi, artist); “Tu Corazon,” Lena (Lena and Alejandro Sanz, artists)
Best new artist
Calle 13; Ceu; Ines Gaviria; Lena; Pamela
Female pop vocal album
“Asi Soy Yo,” Anais; “A Mi Manera,” Ines Gaviria; “Joyas Prestadas,” Nina Pastori; “Contigo Me Voy,” Rosario; Fijacion Oral Vol. 1,” Shakira; “El Sexto Sentido/Re+Loaded,” Thalia
Male pop vocal album
“Adentro,” Ricardo Arjona; “Amor,” Andrea Bocelli; “Cautivo,” Chayanne; “Paso a Paso,” Luis Fonsi; “Todo y Nada,” Ricardo Montaner
Pop album by a duo or group with vocal
“Dulce Beat,” Belanova; “Guapa,” La Oreja de Van Gogh; “Acustico,” La 5a. Estacion; “Nuestro Amor,” RBD; “Servando y Florentino,” Servando y Florentino; “Manana,” Sin Bandera
Urban music album
“Calle 13,” Calle 13, “Barrio Fino en Directo,” Daddy Yankee; “King of Kings,” Don Omar; “Pa’l Mundo,” Wisin y Yandel
Rock solo vocal album
“Infinito,” Belen Arjona; “Inconsciente Colectivo,” Fabiana Cantilo; “Ahi Vamos,” Gustavo Cerati; “Indeleble,” Alejandra Guzman; “Ahora Piden Tu Cabeza,” Ariel Rot
Rock album by a duo or group with vocal
“Lo Demas Es Plastico,” Black:guayaba; “Motel,” Motel; “Casa,” Natalia y La Forquetina; “Polbo,” Polbo; “La Llave de La Puerta Secreta,” Rata Blanca
Alternative music album
“Anoche,” Babasonicos; “Un Viaje,” Cafe Tacuba; “Tijuana Sessions Vol. 3,” Nortec Collective; “La Vida Moderna,” Pastora; “Sal y Limon,” Julieta Venegas
“Completamente,” Chetes (Chetes, artist); “Crimen,” Gustavo Cerati (Cerati, artist); “Dime Ven,” Rodrigo Davila (Motel, artist); “Un Dia No Vuelvo a Empezar,” Jorge Pardo (Pardo, artist); “Volverte a Amar,” Mario Domm and Alejandra Guzman (Guzman, artist)
“Soy Diferente,” India; “Decision Unanime,” Victor Manuelle; “Hoy, Manana y Siempre,” Tito Nieves; “Asi Es Nuestra Navidad,” Gilberto Santa Rosa y El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico; “Directo Al Corazon,” Gilberto Santa Rosa
“La Hora de la Verdad,” Grupo Mania; “Amor De Locos,” Eddy Herrera; “Rankeao,” Limit 21; “MQ,” Milly Quezada; “103 Boulevard,” Johnny Ventura
“Yo Bailo Cumbia,” Alfa 8; “Grafiti de Amor,” Binomio de Oro de America; “Grandes Exitos En Vivo,” Jorge Celedon y Jimmy Zambrano; “Cien Dias de Bohemia,” Los Hermanos Zuleta; “Veinte Anos Despues ... ,” Ivan Ovalle
Contemporary tropical album
“Puro Cabas,” Cabas; “Ciclon,” Ciclon; “Corazon,” Fonseca; “Mas Que Suficiente,” Chichi Peralta; “Una Nueva Mujer,” Olga Tanon
Traditional tropical album
“Esta Noche Esta Para Boleros,” Chucho Avellanet; “Step Forward -- The Next Generation,” Juan De Marcos -- Afro Cuban All Stars; “Siempre Compay,” Grupo Compay Segundo; “Serenata en San Juan,” Melina Leon y Los Tri-o; “AM/PM Lineas Paralelas,” Andy Montanez and Pablo Milanes; “Evolucion,” Plena Libre
“Dos Soneros, Una Historia,” Victor Manuelle Ruiz (Gilberto Santa Rosa y Victor Manuelle, artist); “Esa Boquita,” Yoel Henriquez and Jorge Luis Piloto (Tito Nieves, artist); “I Love Salsa!,” Victor Manuelle Ruiz (N’Klabe, artist); “La Cadena de Oro,” Cabas and Kike Santander (Cabas, artist); “Te Mando Flores,” Juan Fernando Fonseca (Fonseca, artist)
“Carioca,” Chico Buarque; “Por Favor, Perdon y Gracias,” Leon Gieco; “Acariocando,” Ivan Lins; “Como Un Campo de Maiz,” Pablo Milanes; “Alivio de Luto,” Joaquin Sabina
REGIONAL -- MEXICAN
“Historias de Mi Tierra,” Pepe Aguilar; “Dos Amores Un Amante,” Ana Gabriel; “A Toda Ley,” Pablo Montero; “El Rey de las Cantinas,” Lupillo Rivera; “Orgullo de Mujer,” Alicia Villarreal
“Hay Amor,” Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga; “Rancherisimas Con Banda,” Graciela Beltran; “Prohibido,” El Coyote y Su Banda Tierra Santa; “Antes Muertas Que Sencillas,” Los Horoscopos de Durango; “Mas Alla Del Sol,” Joan Sebastian
“No Es Brujeria,” Ana Barbara; “Por Ti,” Bronco El Gigante de America; “Por Muchas Razones Te Quiero,” Grupo Bryndis; “Decorame El Corazon,” Los Guardianes Del Amor; “En El Auditorio Nacional,” Joan Sebastian
“Mejor Que Nunca,” Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz; “Nuevamente,” La Mafia; “Las 3 Divas,” Las 3 Divas; “Chicanisimo,” Little Joe y La Familia; “Amor y Fuego,” Joe Posada
“Ya No Llores,” Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos Del Norte; “Historias Que Contar,” Los Tigres Del Norte; “Pasion,” Palomo; “Tu Sombra,” Pesado; “Volver Volver,” Michael Salgado
Tropical regional Mexican album
“Capitulo II,” DJ Kane; “Amor y Delirio,” Los Acosta; “Cuando Te Enamoras,” Los Angeles de Charly; “Exitos de Juan Gabriel,” Los Angeles Azules; “Kumbia Kings Live,” A.B. Quintanilla III y Los Kumbia Kings; “13 Cumbias Revolucionadas,” Tropical Panama
Regional mexican song
“Aun Sigues Siendo Mia,” Osvaldo Villarreal (Conjunto Primavera, artist) “Contra Viento y Marea,” Mauricio L. Arriaga and J.E. Murgia (Intocable, artist); “Corazon de Fierro,” Freddie Martinez Sr. (Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz, artist); “Mas Alla Del Sol,” Joan Sebastian (Sebastian, artist); “Sin Tu Amor,” Ana Gabriel (Gabriel, artist)
“Terra Amantiquira,” Banda Mantiqueira; “Jazz Chamber Trio,” Paquito D’Rivera; Luis Salinas y Amigos en Espana,” Luis Salinas; “Choros and Alegria,” Moacir Santos; “Bebo,” Bebo Valdes
“Con el Corazon ...,” Quique Domenech and Alejandro Croatto; “Puerto Rico Te Saluda ... ,” Grupo Renacer; “Corazon Libre,” Mercedes Sosa; “Tarefero de Mis Pagos,” Chango Spasiuk; “La Guitarra Argentina,” Cacho Tirao; “Rumba en la Habana Con ... ,” Yoruba Andado
“Cafe de los Maestros,” Cafe de los Maestros; “Flores Negras Postangos en Vivo en Rosario Vol. II,” Gerardo Gandini; “Ciudad Secreta,” Maria Estela Monti; “Letters From Argentina,” Lalo Schifrin
“Un Momento en el Sonido,” Vicente Amigo; “Picasso en Mis Ojos,” Diego el Cigala; “Limon,” Javier Limon; “Suena la Alhambra,” Enrique Morente; “Mujeres,” Estrella Morente
Latin jazz album
“Aystelum,” Ed Motta; “Listen Here!” Eddie Palmieri; “Solo,” Gonzalo Rubalcaba; “Roda Carioca,” Jovino Santos Neto; “World on a String,” Dave Valentin
“Aline,” Aline Barros; “Vivo Para Ti,” Daniel Calveti; “El Aire de Tu Casa,” Jesus Adrian Romero; “Dios es Bueno,” Marcos Witt
Christian album (Portuguese
“Aline Barros and Cia,” Aline Barros; “Joia Rara,” Mara Maravilha; “As Cancoes da Minha Vida 15 Anos -- Ao Vivo,” Cristina Mel; “Promessas,” Soraya Moraes; “Tudo o Que Soul,” Robson Nascimento
Brazilian contemporary pop album
“Ate Onde Vai,” Jota Quest; “4,” Los Hermanos; “Timeless,” Sergio Mendes; “Pra Voce,” Margareth Menezes; “Infinito Particular,” Marisa Monte; “Sandy and Junior,” Sandy and Junior; “As Super Novas,” Ivete Sangalo
Brazilian rock album
“MTV Ao Vivo,” Barao Vermelho; “Imunidade Musical,” Charlie Brown Jr.; “Acustico MTV,” O Rappa; “Hoje,” Os Paralamas do Sucesso; “Sim e Nao,” Nando Reis
“Uma Nova Paixao Ao Vivo,” Alcione; “Brasilatinidade Ao Vivo,” Martinho Da Vila; “Ao Vivo,” Demonios da Garoa; “Universo Ao Meu Redor,” Marisa Monte; “Alma Negra,” Jair Rodrigues
MPB (musica popular brasileira)
“Obrigado, Gente!,” Joao Bosco; “Ana e Jorge,” Ana Carolina e Seu Jorge; “Hoje,” Gal Costa; “Uma Voz ... Uma Paixao,” Jane Duboc; “Segundo,” Maria Rita; “Simone -- Ao Vivo,” Simone
Romantic music album
“Roberto Carlos,” Roberto Carlos; “Tudo Que o Tempo Me Deixou,” Alaide Costa; “Amor Absoluto,” Daniel; “De Corpo e Alma,” Leonardo; “Louca Paixao,” Tania Mara
Brazilian roots/regional album
“Sou Brasileiro,” Frank Aguiar; “Volume 8,” Banda Calypso; “Levante a Taca,” Caju e Castanha; “Vida Marvada,” Chitaozinho and Xororo; “Para Toda a Familia,” Sergio Reis
Brazilian song (Portuguese
“Abalou,” Gigi (Ivete Sangalo, artist); Bale de Berlim, Gilberto Gil (Gil, artist); “Caminho das Aguas,” Rodrigo Maranhao (Maria Rita, artist); “Ela Faz Cinema,” Chico Buarque (Buarque, artist); “O Bonde do Dom,” Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown and Marisa Monte (Monte, artist)
Latin children’s album
“Canciones y Cantos -- Juegos Infantiles del Folklore Puertorriqueno,” Griselle Bou, Victor Melendez y Annette Bou; “Adriana Partimpim -- O Show,” Adriana Partimpim; “El Regalo 2,” Tatiana; XSPB-6-Festa,” Xuxa
“Carlos Chavez: Complete Chamber Music,” Tambuco and Southwest Chamber Music (Jan Karlin and Matthew Snyder, producers); “Concierto Barroco,” Manuel Barrueco and Victor Pablo Perez (Martin Compton, producer); “Contratenor,” Edson Cordeiro (Jose Ananias Souza Lopes, producer); “Encantamento,” Eduardo Marturet conducting the Berliner Symphoniker (Berliner Symphoniker, producer); “Rhapsody in Blue,” Michel Camilo and Ernest Martinez Izquierdo (Elaine Martone, producer); “Tempo Caboclo,” Mauro Senise (Jota Moraes, producer)
“Cafe de los Maestros,” Laura Varsky, art director; “Live in Los Angeles,” Alexandra Lahr, art director (Los Pinguos, artist); “Productos Desaparecidos,” Excusado Printsystem, art director (La Pestilencia, artist); “Samba Passarinho,” Marcelo Kertesz, art director (Peri, artist); “Tijuana Sessions Vol. 3,” Fritz Torres and Jorge Verdin, art directors (Nortec Collective, artist); “Timeless,” Edward Martinez, art director (Sergio Mendes, artist)
Best engineered album
“Amor,” Valerio Calisse, Hernan Gatica, Humberto Gatica, Pierpaolo Guerrini, Alejandro Rodriguez and Jochen van der Saag (Andrea Bocelli, artist); “De Uns Tempos Pra Ca,” Coto Guarino and Swami Junior (Chico Cesar, artist); “Fijacion Oral Vol. 1,” Gustavo Celis, Serban Ghanea, Mauricio Guerrero, Rob Jacobs, Killen Kevin, Dave Way (Shakira, artist); “Jet -- Samba,” Duda Mello (Marcos Valle, artist); “La Vida Moderna,” Jose Luis Crespo, Sancho Gomez Escobar, Joaquin Pizarro (Pastora, artist)
Producer of the year
Cesar Camargo Mariano; Moogie Canazio; Lenine, Maria Rita; Cachorro Lopez; Gustavo Santaolalla
Short-form music video
“Mojado,” Ricardo Arjona; Simon Brand, director; Omar Catalon and Andrea de Moral, producers; “Atrevete Te, Te!,” Calle 13; Fish, director; Gabriel Coss, producer; “Te Echo de Menos,” Chayanne; Gustavo Garzon, director; Cecy Sagredo, producer; “La Tortura,” Shakira; Michael Hussman, director; Nina Huang, producer; “Me Voy,” Julieta Venegas; Picky Talarico, director; Gerardo Vallina, producer
Long-form music video
“Bianco y Negro en Vivo,” Bebo and Cigala; Fernando Trueba, director and producer; “Un Viaje,” Cafe Tacuba, Tito Lara, director; Gerardo Gutierrez, producer; “Baile Barroco,” Daniela Mercury; Daniela dos Santos and Daniela Mercury, directors; Walter Costa and Raissa Martins, producers; “Acustico MTV -- O Rappa,” O Rappa; Joana Mazzuchelli, director; MTV Brasil, producer; “Simone -- Ao Vivo,” Simone; Roberto Talma, director; Moogie Canazio, producer