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Latin Grammy nominations revealed
From left in rear are Julio Iglesias Jr and Kike Santander. From lower left, front row, are, Jorge Villamizar, Jose Jose, wearing tie, and David Bisbal
A group of singers got together to hear the nominations on Tuesday
Acclaimed salsa producer Sergio George has upstaged the stars by being awarded the most Latin Grammy nominations this year.

George, from New York, earned most of his six nominations for writing and producing Miami-based group Bacilos' hit song Mi Primer Millon.

The group themselves were also given three nominations, while Colombian singer Juanes got five nominations.

The Latin Grammys will take place in Miami for the first time despite the threat of protests by Cuban emigrants.

George is credited with defining the sound of modern Hispanic music and produced the latest album by Latin rockers Bacilos.

Bacilos' three members are from Colombia, Brazil and Puerto Rico.

Cruz tribute

Argentine songwriter Gustavo Santaolalla was awarded five nominations, while Natalia Lafourcade and Anibal Kerpel had four each.

Gabriel Abaroa, President of the Latin Recording Academy, said: "We are very pleased by the multi-cultural calibre of talent and music reflected by this year's Latin Grammy nominees.

"These nominees, representing their cultures from all around the globe, highlight the vitality of Latin music and will help make this year's Latin Grammy celebration the most dynamic yet."

Organisers also announced a tribute to salsa queen Celia Cruz, who died last week.

The awards will be handed out on 3 September.

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