Latinos will represent at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, airing Sunday Feb. 10 at 8/7c on CBS!
Jennifer Lopez was added to the A-list roster of presenters, which includes host LL Cool J and Katy Perry. Juanes is one of the only Latin music performers and Bruno Mars will be performing alongside Rihanna and 16-time Grammy winner Sting.
After eliminating Latin Jazz last year—igniting an uproar by Carlos Santana, Paul Simon and Playboy Jazz festival emcee Bill Cosby—the Grammys brought back the category and then some. Latin Pop was added to the mix, as was Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative and Regional Mexican Music Album (including Tejano). Check out the 30 Latinos nominated for an award at the biggest night in music:
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Miguel: After being snubbed at last year's Grammys, part-Mexican R&B crooner Miguel came back strong on his sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream (Sept. 2012). The 27-year-old artist, who launches a Set The World on Fire tour with Alicia Keys this March, is nominated for five awards on Sunday: Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Best Urban Contemporary Album, and Best Rap Song (he's featured on Lotus Flower Bomb's "Wale").
Luciana Souza: The Brazilian jazz singer and composer, who graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music and earned a Master's from the New England Conservatory of Music, released two albums last year! The Book Of Chet earned her a nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Duos III for Best Latin Jazz Album.
Eddie Gomez: The Puerto Rican jazz bassist is up for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Further Explorations, a tribute to jazz legend Bill Evans he did with master pianist Chick Corea and late drummer Paul Motian.
Arturo Sandoval: Cuban jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval pays tribute to the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, who he toured with in 1990 and credits for rescuing he and his family from an oppressive existence, on his heartfelt Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You). The album, which features actors Andy Garcia on percussion and Joe Pesci on vocals is up for Best Large Jazz Ensemble.
Chano Domínguez: The Barcelona-based pianist draws a beautiful fusion of flamenco and jazz on his Flamenco Sketches, a Miles Davis interpretation that earned him a nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album.
The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band: Poncho Sanchez, Francisco Torres, Luis Conte, and Alex Acuña join Alan Pasqua, Peter Erskine, Don Shelton, and others on ¡Ritmo, a big band collection of Clare Fischer classics which is nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album.
Bobby Sanabria Big Band: Nuyorican jazz giant (we're taking drummer, percussionist, historian, and educator), Bobby Sanabria, pours out pure passion on Multiverse, the Best Latin Jazz nominated album that features spoken word artist La Bruja proselytizing on the tweaked version of Kris Berg's "The Chicken From Havana to Harlem."
Manuel Valera: Cuban-born, New York-based pianist Manuel Valera brings Yosvany Terry, Tom Guarna, John Benitez, Eric Doob, and Mauricio Herrera together on his funky cubop ride New Cuban Express, which is also up for Best Latin Jazz Album.
Ricardo Arjona: Guatemalan singing sensation (and former basketball player and school teacher) Ricardo Arjona's Independiente is his first independent release on his Metamorfosis label. The chart-topping album is up for Best Latin Pop.
Fonseca: The Colombian singer-songwriter is up for Best Latin Pop Album for his tropipop album Ilusión.
Kany García: Puerto Rican artist Kany García is up for Best Latin Pop Album for her self-titled album recorded in Bogota, Colombia.
Jesse & Joy: Mexican sibling duo Jesse Eduardo and Tirzah Joy Huerta blend pop and folk for their latest album, ¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro?, which went platinum in Mexico.
Juanes: The beloved Colombian rocker, who delves into different aspects of his professional and personal life in his upcoming memoir Chasing the Sun (out April 2), is up for Best Latin Pop Album for his super successful MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition.
Campo: Best known for his work with electronic tango sensation Bajofondo, Uruguayan musician Juan Campodónico created Campo. Their self-title debut, up for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album and unites songwriter Martin Rivero, Swedish singer Ellen Arkbro, VJ Verónica Loza, and electro musician Pablo Bonilla while mixing pop, electronica, cumbia, and tango.
Carla Morrison: Mexican pop-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist received critical acclaim for her Déjenme Llorar album, which led to iTunes naming her "Best Latin Artist of the Year" and two Latin Grammy Awards last year. She's up for her very first Grammy nomination for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.
Quetzal: East L.A.-born band Quetzal took to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to release their first studio album in six years, Imaginaries, which is up for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album. Formed by Quetzal Flores with singer Martha Gonzalez, the group blends Veracruz-rooted son jarocho, salsa, and R&B to express the political and social struggle for self-determination and self-representation. The album brings together spouses, relatives, friends, former and current lovers, and repeat collaborators, several of whom reunited for the first time in years.
Sistema Bomb: Nominated for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album, Sistema Bomb producers Hector 'Hecdog' Pérez and Greg Landau fuse the spirit of Afro Mexican son jarocho with a modern electro twist on Electro-Jarocho. Album collaborators include Los Cojolites, Patricio Hidalgo of Chuchumbé and Proyecto Afrojarocho, Ramon Gutierrez of Son de Madera, Liche Oseguera of Relicario and Chuchumbé, Andres Flores, Roco of Maldita Vecindad, Afro-Chilena Moyenei Valdez of Sonider Meztizo, and Asdru Sierra from Ozomatli.
Ana Tijoux: France-born Chilean MC is like the female Immortal Technique, so it's surprising the political spitfire is up for such a commercial award like Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album for her highly praised album La Bala. We can't wait to see her mix things up at the awards.
Lila Downs: Mexican American artist Lila Downs rose to fame with her seventh studio album Pecados Y Milagros, which is nominated for Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Incl. Tejano) and was inspired by an art exhibit she curated with Oaxacan artist Demian Flores.
Los Cojolites: Coming straight out of Veracruz, Mexico, son jarocho collective Los Cojolites are in the running for Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) for their Sembrando Flores album produced by five-time Grammy nominee Greg Landau and two-time nominee Hector 'Hecdog' Perez.
Los Tucanes De Tijuana: Tijuana represent! Founded in 1987 by Mario Quintero Lara, Los Tucanes started out performing in nightclubs before rising to fame as the most successful norteña and corrido artists out. They're up for Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Incl. Tejano) for 365 Días.
Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea: By far the most popular all-female mariachi ensemble around, these L.A.-based divas represent a diverse array of cultures, including Mexican, Cuban, Samoan, Argentinean, Colombian, Panamanian, Puerto Rican, Swiss, Japanese, Honduran, Guatemalan, Salvadoran, Peruvian, and Tongan. No joke! The group is up for Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) for their latest album Oye.
Gerardo Ortiz: Cali-born, Mexico-raised banda star Gerardo Ortiz joins those nominated for Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) for his latest, El Primer Ministro.
Raúl Lara Y Sus Soneros: Cuban singer, percussionist, and composer Raúl Lara relocated to Sweden in 1990, forming a dream team of fellow Cubanos and Swedish son musicians. Their Cubano Soy is up for Best Tropical Latin Album.
Eddie Montalvo: Bronx-born conguero Eddie Montalvo has recorded and performed with the best in the game, including Fania All Stars, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon, and Johnny Pacheco. His Desde Nueva York A Puerto Rico is up for Best Tropical Latin Album.
Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña: Puerto Rican salsero Marlow Rosado weaves a beautiful mix of rock, merengue, hip-hop, bachata and reggaeton into his productions, which includes Retro (up for Best Tropical Latin Album).
Romeo Santos: The bachata sensation's Formula Vol. 1 became Billboard's number one selling Latin album last year. Let's see if he takes home the award for Best Tropical Latin Album.
Vince Mendoza: Connecticut-born arranger and composer Vince Mendoza is up for Best instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for his work on Al Jarreau And The Metropole Orkest's Spain (I Can Recall).
Fernando Gonzalez: We love that there's a category for album notes writers. Miami Herald and Jazz Times contributor Fernando Gonzalez is up for Best Album Notes for his liners in Pablo Aslan Quintet's Piazzolla In Brooklyn CD package.