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February 14, 2011

Grammy Winners in the Latin Categories

Alejandro Sanz with Grammy While there's a entirely seperate awards show—the Latin Grammys—dedicated to honoring Latin music's best and brightest, which covers the genre in much more depth, the Grammys also hand out hardware in a few select cetegories. Spain's superstar pop icon Alejandro Sanz' Paraiso Express took home the award for Best Latin Pop Album, beating out some stiff competition from Julieta Venegas, Ricardo Arjona, Kany Garcia, and Alex Cuba. El Existential, from Latin funk band Grupo Fantasma, won in the category of Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album; the band had previously received a nomination for 2008's Sonidos Gold. All-star New York salsa collective Spanish Harlem Orchestra won Best Latin Tropical Album for Viva La Tradición. Best Tejano Album went to Recuerdos by Little Joe & La Familia. Intocable's Classic won for Best Norteno Album. Best Banda Album went to Enamórate de Mí from El Güero Y Su Banda Centenario. And, curiously, there was no winner for Best Regional Mexican Album, because there were fewer than 10 artists entered in the category. We're not sure what happened, as there definitely isn't a shortage of quality artists in that field. But even with that anomaly, it was good to see such talented Latin artists recognized on music's biggest stage. ¡Felicidades a los ganadores!

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