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December 7, 2007 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
This may be the 50th Grammyceremony, but it's only the 22nd with Latin categories, started in 1975 with just one trophy for the whole enchilada. Now it's up to eight, but the Latin categories are still behind the times. These nominees can't avoid feeling like an encore to the comprehensive Latin Grammys, awarded last month in Las Vegas. The contenders, like the eligibility periods, overlap.
November 10, 2007 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
There were moments during Thursday's Latin Grammy Awards ceremony in Las Vegas that were so unexpected, daring or just plain fun that you wished Sin City's famous slogan didn't apply: It would be a shame if what happened on stage there really did just stay there. Sorry to say, though, most people who don't speak Spanish or watch the Univision network missed out on some of the best performances in the eight-year history of the international music competition. Wouldn't you know it?
November 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Dominican singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra swept the Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday, taking home five musical honors including album of the year, record of the year and song of the year. Guerra's album "La Llave de Mi Corazon" and its playful, upbeat title track also won the singer and his band, 440, trophies for best merengue album and tropical song. Praise for "La Llave" also extended to its production, as the album garnered the award for best engineered album.
August 30, 2007 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Marking a year of career revivals, three veteran performers -- the Dominican Republic's Juan Luis Guerra, Puerto Rico's Ricky Martin and Spain's Miguel Bosé -- dominated the top categories in nominations for the eighth Latin Grammy Awards announced today in Miami Beach.
December 17, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sivuca, the white-maned accordionist, composer and arranger known for his work with South African singer Miriam Makeba and others, died Thursday of throat cancer at a hospital in his home state of Paraiba, Brazil. He was 76. Born Severino Dias de Oliveira, Sivuca was credited with arranging Makeba's most famous recording, "Pata Pata."
November 4, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
The three-hour telecast of the Latin Grammy Awards on Univision Thursday night drew an average of 5.7 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research reported Friday, up from 5.1 million last year in its first outing on the Spanish-language network. And, like last year, it was the most-watched program of the night in L.A., Spanish or English. The Latin Grammys began life on CBS, averaging 7.5 million viewers for the first telecast in 2000. But the ratings went down from there, falling to 3.
November 3, 2006 | Agustin Gurza and Matea Gold, Times Staff Writers
Shakira, Colombia's belly-dancing superstar, consolidated her success as the bicultural queen of crossover with a sweep of three top categories Thursday in the seventh Latin Grammy Awards during a ceremony that celebrated the growing presence of Latinos here. "Fijacion Oral Vol.
September 27, 2006 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
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."
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