Juanes & Jesse y Joy Announced As 2013 Grammy Nominees
Juanes. AP Photo-Alexandre Meneghini
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences must really have a soft spot for Juanes and Jesse y Joy. Not only did they shower them with love for last month’s Latin Grammys, they’ve included them on the list of official Grammy Award nominees.
Both El Rockero and J y J are up for the coveted Best Latin Pop album. Though they’ll be battling against Colombian singer Fonseca, Puerto Rico’s Kany Garcia and pop balladeer Ricardo Arjona for the win. Fans are already predicting Jesse y Joy will take it down for their "¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro?" record, though Juanes’ "MTV Unplugged" has proven to be a huge critical success.
Bachata king Romeo Santos also earned some notoriety, picking up a nod in the Best Tropical Album category. His “Formula Vol. 1” became a platinum seller this year and has a very good shot at scoring Grammy gold.
This year’s show will also make a slot for Spanish indie rockers, with the Latin Alternative & Urban category. Underground darling Ana Tijoux earned a nomination for her “La Bala” record, as did Carla Morrison for “Déjenme Llorar” (which previously picked up a Latin Grammy).
Tijoux seemed thrilled with the news, Tweeting out an emphatic message to her fans.
“Oooh! Just got a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Latino Album!” she wrote.
The world of Tejano music also got recognized by the Recording Academy, with plenty of worthy nominees for Best Regional Mexican Album. Gerardo Ortiz’ “El Primer Ministro” is probably the most widely recognized album in the category and has a very good shot at taking the win.
And as far as American Latinos go, Miguel proved to be the sole nominee. The half-Mexican crooner’s “Kaleidoscope Dream” has been nominated for Best R&B Album and his “Adorn” single is up for Best R&B song.
It’s also interesting to note that some French Latinos made the Grammy cut too. Antibes rockers M83 (featuring Anthony and Yann Gonzalez) are up for Best Alternative Album for their critically-acclaimed “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming."
We're sure it will all make for an exciting show. Look for the the 55th Grammy Awards to air live on February 10, 2013.