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Wednesday, 18 July, 2001, 06:37 GMT 07:37 UK
Juanes tops Latin Grammys list
Carlos Santana with Mana's Alex Alvarez
Carlos Santana topped last year's Latin Grammys
Colombian rock artist Juanes has been nominated for six Latin Grammy awards including album of the year, song of the year and best new artist.

The 27-year-old star will have to battle against Spanish artist Alejandro Sanz, who received five nominations including best male pop vocal.

Pop sensation Christina Aguilera is also up for two prizes including best record of the year for Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti [But I remember you].

Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera received two nominations
The results of the awards, announced by the Latin Recording Academy, will be revealed on 11 September in Miami.

Juanes was shocked by the news, saying he was "stunned, those guys kept saying my name again and again".

He began his music career with a band in Colombia 15 years ago.

Although he never considered giving up, the most trying part of his journey to success was having patience, he said after the announcements.

The nominees were read by a group of Latin artists including Alejandro Lerner from Argentina, who was nominated for best songwriter and later joked that the hardest part of the day was reading Portuguese.

Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan
Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan are big Latin stars
Announcements were also made by Grammy contenders were Jon Secada, Emilio Estefan and Carlos Ponce.

Last year's first Latin Grammy awards were held in Los Angeles.

They were dominated by Carlos Santana, who won a hat-trick of awards.

The veteran musician's haul included the record-of-the-year prize for Corazon Espinado - a collaboration with Mexican group Mana.

A special honour was also awarded to Tito Puente, one of the world's most prolific composers and performers of Latin jazz, who died earlier last year.

See also:

24 Feb 00 | Entertainment
Santana's Grammy glory
01 Jun 00 | Entertainment
Latin legend Puente dies
12 Jul 99 | Entertainment
Going 'loco' for Ricky
18 Jan 00 | Entertainment
Awards joy for Santana
08 Sep 00 | Entertainment
MTV triumph for Eminem
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