Latin Grammy artists will pay tribute to Celia Cruz. Leading the nominees are songwriter/producer Sergio George and rocker Juanes

By Gary Susman
Updated July 22, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Celia Cruz: Lucy Nicholson/AFP/Getty Images

The Latin Grammys marked their move to Miami with a press conference Tuesday announcing that hometown rock band Bacilos and their songwriter/producer Sergio George garnered the lion’s share of this year’s nominations. Many of the nominees were present at the announcement at the city’s Mandarin Oriental hotel, paving the way for the Sept. 3 ceremony at Miami’s American Airlines arena. Highlighting the awards gala will be a tribute to salsa queen Celia Cruz, who died at 77 last week and whose recent memorial service in Miami drew 75,000 mourners.

George’s nominations include Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Tropical Song for Bacilos’ ”Mi Primer Millón,” and Album of the Year for Bacilos’ ”Caraluna.” George scored a second Tropical Song nod for ”La Salsa Vive,” performed by Tito Nieves.

Bacilos earned nominations for Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group with Vocal; the band’s Jorge Villamizar received three composing nominations, for Song of the Year and Best Tropical Song for ”Mi Primer Millón,” and Song of the Year for ”Caraluna.”

Nominated for five awards each were Colombian rocker Juanes and Argentinean producer/songwriter Gustavo Santaolalla, who shared two of his nods with Juanes. Four-time winner Juanes was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year for ”Es Por Ti,” Album of the Year and Best Rock Solo Vocal Album for ”Un Día Normal,” and Best Rock Song for ”Mala Gente.” Santaolalla was nominated twice for Record of the Year (for ”Es Por Ti” and for Molotov’s ”Frijolero”), as well as for Album of the Year (”Un Día Normal”), Best Classical Album (Kronos Quartet’s ”Nuevo”), and Producer of the Year.

The 4th annual Latin Grammy ceremony, which will air live on CBS, moves to Miami after spending its first three years in Los Angeles. A full list of nominees is available at the Latin Grammys website.