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Latin Grammy Awards: Visitante, Calle 13 rake in the most nominations

poses in the press room during the 12th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on November 10, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

poses in the press room during the 12th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on November 10, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (2011 Getty Images)

With ten nominations to his name, Visitante of the Boricua reggaeton group Calle 13 leads the pack in Latin Grammy nominations – nine of which he received with brother René Pérez, a.k.a. Residente, for their musical collaborations.

Following the urban music duo was Andres Castro with eight nominations, Tom Coyne with lucky number seven and Julio Reyes Copello and Carlos Vives with six each.

Descemer Bueno and Enrique Iglesias received five nominations for this year’s award show while Bori Alarcón, Marc Anthony, Mario Domm, Jorge Drexler, Gente de Zona and Prince Royce received four.

Battling it out for the “Best New Artist” award are Aneeka, Linda Briceño,  Caloncho, Julio César, Pablo López, Miranda, Periko & Jessi León, Daniela Spalla, Juan Pablo Vega and Marina Vega.

The nominations were announced Wednesday morning via social media.

“In this, our 15th anniversary we received more than 10,000 recordings, and the nominations continue to reflect a vibrant and dynamic Latin music community around the world, composed of artists, producers, sound engineers, songwriters and everyone involved in the recording process,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., president of the Latin Recording Academy, in a statement.

“With the list of nominees and multiple talents, we are confident that this peer recognition is truly focused on the quality of the material and the excellence of the recorded music, and it reflects the evolution not only of the awards process, but the growth of the organization to recognize the best and most current representation of music,” he added.

The 15th annual Latin Grammy awards will be presented live on Nov. 20 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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