BMI songwriter/producer Humberto Gatica leads the list of BMI-affiliated stars nominated for Latin Grammy's with four nods, it was announced on July 24 at a celebrity-filled press conference held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. He will compete against himself in the Record of the Year category as producer and engineer/mixer on two songs: La Ley's "Mentira" and Alejandro Sanz's "Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte." He is also up for the coveted Producer of the Year Latin Grammy as well as for Album of the Year.
Other top BMI Latin Grammy nominees include Emilio Estefan, Javier Garza, Sebastian Krys, Kenny O'Brien and last year's big winner Juanes, with three nominations each. Circo earned two nods including Best New Artist and Best Rock Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for No Todo Lo Que Es Pop Es Bueno. Among those earning one nomination each were Latin divas Shakira and Thalia, as well as Kike Santander for Producer of the Year, Charlie Zaa for Best Traditional Tropical Album and Kinky for Best Rock Album.
BMI's Delia Orjuela (center) congratulates nominees Charlie Zaa and Juanes at the Latin Grammy's press conference.
The 3rd Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be held on September 18 in Hollywood at Kodak Theatre and be broadcast by the CBS Television Network (9-11 p.m. EDT/PDT), carried on radio via the Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation and Westwood One worldwide, and featured on the Internet on GRAMMY.com and America Online, Inc. (AOL Keyword: Latin GRAMMY). Last year's show, scheduled for September 11, was cancelled.
BMI's 2002 LATIN GRAMMY NOMINEES
Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos Del Norte
David Lee Garza y Los Musicales
Jimmy Gonzales y El Grupo Mazz
Los Huracanes Del Norte
Israel "Cachao" L�pez
Carlos "Patato" Vald�s