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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 July, 2004, 09:08 GMT 10:08 UK
New faces get Latin Grammys nods
Singer Juanes was the major winner at last year's Latin Grammys
Brazilian jazz singer Maria Rita, Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes and producer Tom Capone have taken the lion's share of the Latin Grammy Awards nominations.

Capone won five nominations, while Rita and Valdes scooped four each.

Latin Recording Academy president Gabriel Abaroa said that this year "the spotlight shines on everyone".

"Up-and-coming artists and the creative professionals who usually remain behind the scenes are getting their due," said Mr Abaroa at the Los Angeles ceremony.

Well-known Latin stars like Marc Anthony, Carlos Vives, Thalia and Shakira were largely ignored in favour of new artists, but Spanish crooner Alejandro Sanz also received four nominations.

Sanz received nominations for best overall album and best male pop vocal album for No Es Lo Mismo and song of the year and record of the year for the album's title track.

Capone five nominations included two nods for record of the year - for Rita's A Festa and Skank's Dois Rios - producer of the year, album of the year and best engineered album.

"Our milestone fifth year is one where the spotlight shines on everyone who makes Latin music, not just the established performers," said Mr Abaroa on Wednesday.

Nine other artists, including Cafe Tacuba, Diego El Cigala, Mick Guzauski, received three nominations each.

The awards will be presented on 1 September in Los Angeles. Last year the awards were dominated by singer Juanes, who won five awards.

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