Juan Luis Guerra, the Dominican Republic’s biggest music star, leads the 13th Latin Grammy Award nominations with six, including record and song of the year nods for his hit “En el Cielo No Hay Hospital” (There Is No Hospital in Heaven).
Duo Jesse & Joy are right behind Guerra with five nominations, while seven acts received four nominations apiece, partially as a result of the Latin Grammys’ expansion this year of its four general categories -- album, record, song and new artist -- to include 10 nominations apiece.
Artists with four nominations each are Juanes, Ricardo Arjona, Edgar Barrera, Carla Morrison, Arturo Sandoval, Ivete Sangalo and Caetano Veloso. Veloso also has been named the Latin Recording Academy’s 2012 Person of the Year.
Besides the expansion of nominees in the top categories, three pop categories -- female, male and duo or group pop vocal album -- have been condensed into two: contemporary and traditional pop vocal albums.
The full list of nominees is available at the Latin Grammy Awards website. Recordings released between July 1, 20011, and June 30, 2012, were eligible.
Awards will be handed out Nov. 15 in a ceremony to be telecast by Univision from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.