Juanes, shown here during an L.A. stopover earlier this summer, will be… (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles…)
The list of guest presenters at Tuesday's Latin Grammy Awards nominations has been announced, including Juanes, Maria Barracuda, Shaila Dúrcal and Kany García. If Pop & Hiss were a betting blog, I'd gamble my mortgage that some of those presenters also will be among the winners when the Latin Grammys are handed out in Las Vegas in November.
In 2011, the presenters provided a pretty good tip-off as to who was going to carry home a statuette. Residente and Visitante of Calle 13 headlined last year's group, earning a record 12 nominations themselves, and a few weeks later the Puerto Rican duo ended up carting off practically everything that wasn't nailed to the floor, including "Album of the Year" -- and deservedly so.
This year, Juanes, a 17-time Latin Grammy winner, is a shoo-in nominee for his disc "Juanes MTV Unplugged," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Latin Albums chart. Several of those who'll share the stage with him at the Belasco Theater in downtown L.A. on Tuesday also are likely to score big on Nov. 15 at Mandalay Bay.
And speaking of Juanes, the Colombian rock superstar announced today that he'll be launching a satellite radio show for bilingual listeners on Sept. 23 on SiriusXM, and acting as "guest editorial director" of a special edition of the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo (naturally, he's tapping his Colombian pop colleague Shakira to pen a guest-column).
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