Annual Latin Grammy Awards

Latin GRAMMY Awards: How much lace is too much lace?

Thursday was Latin music’s biggest night however fashion at the 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards was seriously lacking. I notice a lot of lace and overly risqué gowns this year. Honestly this was not one of my favorite carpets to cover because I really wanted to see some classy evening dresses; maybe some tailor jumpsuits or some amazing couture gowns on my Latina sistas.

India Martinez

Roselyn Sanchez

Marcia Jones

Laura Aleman

Desiree Estrada

Eiza Gonzalez


The second decade of The Latin Recording Academy®‘s evolution continued today when nominations for the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards ( were announced at a press conference attended by national and international media at the Avalon in Hollywood, Calif. The event was streamed live on (and is now available as video on demand), and artists reading nominations this morning included: Lena Burke and Jorge Villamizar of Latin pop trio Alex, Jorge Y Lena; urban/hip-hop duo Calle 13; Latin GRAMMY-winning producer Desmond Child; singer/songwriter Myriam Hernández; pop singer Merche; Norteño band Los Tucanes de Tijuana; Latin pop singer Reyli; and Ángel Mosqueda and Rodrigo Guardiola of alternative rock band Zoé. The 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set for Nov. 10 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, will be broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). For a complete list of nominees, media credentialing instructions and more information, please visit For updates and breaking news, please visit The Latin Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter ( and Facebook (


“For more than 10 years now, the Latin GRAMMY nominations continue to bring together the worldwide Latin music community by recognizing excellence and impact in recorded Latin music,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “It is always encouraging to see creative professionals acknowledging their peers and highlighting a varied and wide-ranging group of Latin music makers that reflects emerging talent as well as established artists. We look forward to another year of celebrating the best and brightest in Latin music, and to presenting another great telecast in Las Vegas on Nov. 10 with our friends and partners at Univision.”


In another year that recognized a diverse array of music makers across numerous genres, the nominations highlight an eclectic mix of well-known and rising performers and creative professionals. Ten-time Latin GRAMMY and two-time GRAMMY winners Eduardo Cabra and René Perez of Calle 13 lead this year’s Latin GRAMMY nominations with a record 10 nods: Album Of The Year (with Edgar Abraham, Rafa Arcaute, James Cruz, Iván Gutiérrez, Ramón Martínez, Edgardo Matta, Daniel Ovie and Carlos Velázquez) and Best Urban Music Album for Entren Los Que Quieran; Album Of The Year, as producers, for Shakira’s Sale El Sol (with Eduardo Bergallo, Michael Brauer, Lukas Burton, Gustavo Celis, Dave Clauss, John Hill, Alex Leader, Stephen Marcussen, Lester Méndez, Mark Needham, Joel Numa, Luis Fernando Ochoa, Andros Rodríguez, Jonathan Shakhovskoy, Shakira, and Ed Williams); Record Of The Year (with Felipe Alvarez, Rafa Arcaute, David Cárdenas, Iván Gutiérrez, Ramón Martinez, Edgardo Matta, Daniel Ovie and Carlos Velázquez) and Song Of The Year (with Rafa Arcaute) for “Latinoamérica”; Best Urban Song for “Baile De Los Pobres” (with Rafa Arcaute); Best Alternative Song (with Rafa Arcaute) and Best Short Form Music Video (with Alejandro Santiago) for “Calma Pueblo”; Best Tropical Song for “Vamo’ A Portarnos Mal”; and Producer Of The Year (with Rafa Arcaute).


Producer/engineer Rafa Arcaute garners six nods: Album Of The Year for Calle 13’s Entren Los Que Quieran (with Calle 13, Edgar Abraham, James Cruz, Iván Gutiérrez, Ramón Martinez, Edgardo Matta, Daniel Ovie and Carlos Velázquez); Record Of The Year (with Calle 13, Felipe Álvarez, Rafa Arcaute, David Cárdenas, Iván Gutiérrez, Ramón Martínez, Edgardo Matta, Daniel Ovie, and Carlos Velázquez) and Song Of The Year (with Calle 13) for “Latinoamérica”; Best Urban Song for  “Baile De Los Pobres” (with Calle 13); Best Alternative Song for “Calma Pueblo” (with Calle 13); and Producer Of The Year (with Calle 13).


Franco De Vita receives five nominations: Album Of The Year (with David Cabrera, Mike Couzzi, Juan Pablo Falluca, and Sebastian Krys); Best Male Pop Vocal Album, and Best Long Form Music Video (with Diego Alvarez and Vicente Solis) for En Primera Fila; and Record Of The Year  (with David Cabrera, Juan Pablo Falluca, Alejandra Guzmán, and Sebastian Krys) and Best Short Form Music Video (with Diego Alvarez, Alejandra Guzmán and Vicente Solís) for “Tan Sólo Tú.”


Latin GRAMMY winner Marco Antonio Solís is a four-time nominee: Song Of The Year and Best Regional Mexican Song for “¿A Dónde Vamos A Parar?”; Best Male Pop Vocal Album for En Total Plenitud; and Best Regional Mexican Song for “Tú Me Vuelves Loco.”


Pablo Alborán, Desmond Child, Paquito D’Rivera, Sebastian Krys, Maná, Ricky Martin, Joan Sebastian, Shakira, and Zoé each garner three nominations, and an eclectic mix of established and emerging music makers are among those with two nods each, including: Alex, Jorge Y Lena; Aureo Baqueiro; Rubén Blades; Gustavo Borner; Claudia Brant; David Cabrera; Doctor Krápula; Don Omar; Paula Fernandes; Alejandra Guzmán; Il Volo; La Vida Bohéme; Los Tigres Del Norte; Pitbull; Sie7e; Caetano Veloso; And Wisin Y Yandel.


This year’s Album Of The Year nominees features some of the most prominent names in Latin music: Alex, Jorge Y Lena for Alex, Jorge Y Lena; Calle 13 for Entren Los Que Quieran; Franco De Vita for En Primera Fila; Enrique Iglesias for Euphoria; and Shakira for Sale El Sol.


The race for Record Of The Year features a diverse array of musical styles and artists: “Latinoamérica” by Calle 13; “Tan Sólo Tú” by Franco De Vita with Alejandra Guzmán; “Gritar” by Luis Fonsi; “Golpes En El Corazón” by Los Tigres Del Norte; and “Lo Mejor De Mi Vida Eres Tú” by Ricky Martin featuring Natalia Jiménez.


The Best New Artist category highlights some of the brightest newcomers from around the Latin music world: Pablo Alborán (Spain), Max Capote (Uruguay/Argentina), Paula Fernandes (Brazil), Il Volo (Italy), and Sie7e (Puerto Rico).


The 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will feature 46 categories and will be supported on radio via Univision Radio (the official Spanish-language radio network of the Latin GRAMMY Awards), and highlighted on the Internet at and, featuring video interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from today’s nominations announcement. Additionally, the telecast will be distributed internationally to more than 100 countries.


A limited number of tickets to the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be available for sale to the public starting Sept. 15, and may be purchased at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office (877.632.7400; or through Ticketmaster (


The Latin Recording Academy is an International, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks as a Twitter follower at, and a Facebook fan at

Win a Trip to the Latin Grammy Awards!

The American Heart Association’s bilingual heart-health movement for Latinas, Go Red Por Tu Corazón, will be returning to the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards on November 11, 2010 to bring the issue of heart disease – the No. 1 killer of Hispanic women – to center stage.

Launched in 2009, Go Red Por Tu Corazón aims to increase awareness of heart disease among Hispanic women and empower them to make life-saving choices for themselves and their families.

New this year is the launch of the official Go Red Por Tu Corazón Facebook page, where Latinas can join the movement and commit themselves to raising heart health awareness among Latinas – and win a trip to the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards to see the biggest names in Latin music.

Univision personality and Go Red Por Tu Corazón spokesperson, Melissa Marty, will also be reprising her role as a reporter on the “green” carpet asking stars, guests and Facebook fans to GO RED for themselves and those they love.

“The death of my grandmother to heart disease affected my entire family,” said Marty. “I have made it my duty to educate my family, my loved ones and the community, to make healthier lifestyle choices and to protect their own heart health, as well as that of their family.”

Marty is encouraging Latinas to submit a photo of themselves in their favorite red dress or accessory, along with a summary detailing how they GO RED, for the chance to join her at the Latin GRAMMY®  Awards on November 11, 2010 in Las Vegas.  For more information on the contest, visit

“Too many Hispanic women are still unaware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer. In fact, only one in three are aware of the threat to themselves and their family,” said Luz Marina Prieto, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine for the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism for the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. “Go Red Por Tu Corazón provides Hispanic women and their families the tools and resources needed to enjoy good heart health.”

About Go Red Por Tu Corazón

The American Heart Association’s Go Red Por Tu Corazón is a bilingual movement that is raising awareness of heart disease among Hispanic women and helping them make healthy eating choices for themselves and their families. Go Red Por Tu Corazón promotes a heart-healthy lifestyle, through healthy eating and physical activity for Hispanic women, building on Latinas strong ties to family and cultural traditions.

Visit or call 1-888-474-VIVE to get free information on how to Go Red by living a healthier lifestyle.  Find Go Red Por Tu Corazón on Facebook!

Go Red Por Tu Corazón is nationally sponsored by Macy’s.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers — AHA funds cutting-edge research, conducts lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and is an advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit

Singer Shaila Dúrcal Puts Her Best Scent Forward

Looking fabulous for a special night out takes more than glam clothing, glittery accessories and flawless makeup.  Latin superstar Shaila Dúrcal knows that wearing a scent that complements her style leaves her feeling cool and confident – that’s why she will be wearing one of the sophisticated scents from the Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection, a line of anti-perspirants and body mists, at the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards. The show will air live on Nov. 11 from Las Vegas on the Univision Network from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. EST/PST (7 p.m. CDT).

“My stylist always makes sure my look is perfected from head to toe, so I was pleased when she recommended the Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection, a line of matching anti-perspirants and body mists,” says Shaila Dúrcal. “The three body mists were designed by one of the world’s top fragrance houses and smell incredible.”

Hot Tips and Trends from Celebrity Stylist Irma Martinez

Whether you’re getting ready for a special night like the Latin GRAMMY Awards, shopping with friends, or spending the day at the office, scent is just as important as accessories are to complete your look. According to internationally renowned celebrity stylist Irma Martinez, a scent that complements your overall mood and occasion is the perfect way to put the finishing touch on your entire look.  Martinez shares some of her favorite style trends for fall:

  • Personality Shines—This fall season, we’re seeing a lot of tribal, futuristic and romantic influence in fashion. Remember no matter which style you strut, it’s important to make sure it fits your lifestyle and personality.
  • Comfort is Key—Comfort and fashion might not always go hand-in-hand but there are tricks to make sure you stay comfy so you can be confident and look great all day or night. Keep your toes feeling good with padded shoe liners and practice walking in towering heels before their debut. A twisted ankle is never in style.
  • Scent-sational—Style doesn’t stop with clothes and accessories, so be sure to pick a scent that complements your look. Each of the Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection scents brings out a different feminine side – whether it’s flirty, energetic or seductive!  
  • Camel is Cool for Fall—Camel is the color for autumn. Because it’s a neutral color, combine it with white, black or even red for a truly vibrant look. If you want to really spice things up, combine camel tones with fun animal prints.
  • Fashion Fixes—Loose beads and wardrobe blunders are a thing of the past! Keep an emergency kit handy with a thread and needle, bandages for blisters and double-stick tape to avoid any fashion faux pas.

11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards VIP Sweepstakes and Product Giveaway

Now through Oct. 24 Latinas can enter to win a VIP trip for two to join Shaila Dúrcal at this year’s Latin GRAMMY Awards in Las Vegas by visiting, keyword Degree. The lucky winner will have the chance to rub elbows with top artists as she walks the green carpet, meet Shaila Dúrcal and attends the star-studded show. In continuing the celebration of Latin music’s biggest night, the first 10,000 Latinas who visit, keyword: Degree on Nov. 11 will receive samples from the Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection.

Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection

The Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection’s high-quality ingredients and sophisticated scents are the perfect way to complete any look.  Each of the following three distinct scents brings out a different feminine side, whether it’s flirty, energetic or seductive.

  • Delicious Bliss: A sweet fragrance with flirtatious fruity notes of apple, peach and raspberries, blended with a touch of hyacinth and magnolia
  • Sexy Intrigue: A seductive fragrance with a touch of jasmine, rose and subtle hints of vanilla
  • Classic Romance: A sophisticated fragrance that blends floral essences of rose and peony with refreshing undertones of citrus and bergamot

The Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection is available in the deodorant aisle at mass market retailers nationwide for an average retail price of $3.99 for anti-perspirant and $3.99 for body mists. For more information, visit

For more style tips from Irma Martinez, to enter the Latin GRAMMY VIP sweepstakes and to find out which of the three Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection scents best complements your style, visit, keyword Degree.


Multi-Platinum artist, Juan Luis Guerra scored a total of four nominations for the 2010 Latin Grammy. The artist was nominated in the top categories, including Album Of The Year “Asondeguerra”, Best Contemporary Tropical Album “Asondeguerra”, Best Topical Song “Bachata En Fukuoka”, Best Short Form Music Video, “Bachata En Fukuoka”.  The announcement was made today during a press conference hosted by LARAS at the Avalon Hollywood, California. The 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on the Univision Network from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Nov. 11.

Guerra has accumulated countless awards in his successful career as a musician, including 9 Latin Grammys, 2 Grammys, 10 Billboard Awards, and 4 Latin Billboard Awards., The Latin Grammy Academy (LARAS) named him ‘Person of the Year’ in 2007, while the Dominican Senate chose him as the ‘National Singer/Songwriter.’, Billboard Magazine recognized him for his untiring social and philanthropic efforts by awarding him the Spirit of Hope Award. His alma mater, Berklee College of Music also awarded him an honorary doctorate in May 2009.

This week Juan Luis invaded the Billboard Tropical radio charts by positioning his 3 singles, “La Calle”, “La Guagua” and “Bachata en Fukuoka” in the Top 40, while his album Asondeguerra is still on top of the sales charts in the US, Latin America and Spain.