Sanz tops Latin Grammy awards

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2 September 2004, LOS ANGELES – Spanish singing star Alejandro Sanz won three awards at the Latin Grammys, it was reported Thursday.

2 September 2004

LOS ANGELES – Spanish singing star Alejandro Sanz won three awards at the Latin Grammys, it was reported Thursday.

Topping the list of winners, Sanz's song "No Es Lo Mismo" garnered two Grammys for best song and best male pop interpretation, while the album of the same name won a third for best male pop vocal album.

Sanz himself did not attend the ceremony because he is on tour in Spain.

Spanish singer David Bisbal and glamorous US songstress Jessica Simpson started the fifth edition of the awards in Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium.

The two-hour gala ceremony was broadcast live on television to more than 100 countries and hosted by comedian George Lopez, star of the ABC sitcom "The George Lopez Show."

Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia won a Grammy for best flamenco album for "Cositas buenas."

In an emotional presentation, Cuban salsa singer Celia Cruz received a posthumous Grammy for best salsa album for "Regalo del alma", and for best tropical song for "Rie y llora."

Eighty-five-year-old Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes and Spanish singer Diego El Cigala received their first Latin Grammy for best traditional tropical album for their "Lagrimas negras."

"I want to thank God for having known this man, my friend Bebo Valdes," El Cigala said.

Brazilian jazz singer Maria Rita won two Grammys for best new artist and best Musica Popular Brasileira Album for "Maria Rita," which was also nominated for album of the year.

Mexican singer Julietta Venegas received her first Grammy for best rock vocal album for "Si".

"I am super-happy with all the experience (I had) with this record," she said, but she added that the prizes were not the only reason she had dedicated her career to music, although they were the "icing on the cake".

She also said that she wanted to return to Spain after the Grammys and work on a new album to be released next year.

Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes won a Grammy for best Latin jazz album for "New Conceptions."

Songwriter Milton Nascimento won one of the coveted awards for best Brazilian song for writing "A Festa," which had been nominated for record of the year.

Other winners included Jimmy Gonzalez and Grupo Mazz for best Tejano album for "Live En El Valle," and Los Tigres Del Norte for best Norteno album for "Pacto De Sangre."

Skank's "Cosmotron" won for best Brazilian rock album and classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma's "Obrigado Brazil: Live in Concert" won for best instrumental album.

In the best music video category, Robi Draco Rosa won for "Mas y Mas," and Rosario's "Del Mel Colores" took home a Grammy for best female vocal album.

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Subject: Spanish news

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