Alumni Nominated for Latin Grammys

By 
Allen Bush
September 16, 2010
Juan Luis Guerra, with 11 Grammys in his collection, is up for four more.
Tommy Torres, who performed last year in the Berklee Canta en Español concert in Mexico City, is nominated for three Latin Grammys.
Miguel Zenón, performing at Berklee's Cafe 939, has a Best Latin Jazz Album nomination for <i>Esta Plana</i>.
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Five Berklee alumni have been nominated for 11 Latin Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Tropical Album, and Best Latin Jazz Album. Winners will be announced at the 11th Annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony November 11 at 8:00 p.m. EST, broadcast live on the Univsion Network from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. 

Juan Luis Guerra '83 leads the pack with four nominations. His album A Son De Guerra is up for Album of the Year and Best Tropical Album. "Bachata En Fukuoka," a song from that disc, is nominated for Best Tropical Song and Best Short Form Music Video. Guerra has won nine Latin Grammy Awards and two Grammys.

Tommy Torres '93, who has one Latin Grammy, received three nominations for his work on Alejandro Sanz's latest. As producer and co-engineer, he is nominated in the Album of the Year category for Paraiso Express and in Record of the Year for "Desde Cuando." His third nomination is for co-writing "Desde Cuando," nominated for Song of the Year.

Grammy and multi–Latin Grammy winner Benny Faccone '78 is nominated in two categories for co-engineering hits by the Mexican rock band Camila: Record of the Year for "Mientes" and Album of the Year for Dejarte De Amar.

Gavin Lurssen '91 is the mastering engineer for Diego Torres's album Distinto, which is nominated in the Best Engineered Album category. If it wins, Lurssen will receive his first Latin Grammy Award to sit along side his three Grammys.

Composer and saxophonist Miguel Zenón '98 gets a Best Latin Jazz Album nomination for Esta Plana.  

Since the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences founded the awards in 2000, 15 Berklee alumni have received 40 Latin Grammy Awards. Seventy-three Berklee alumni have received 191 Grammy Awards. Click here for complete lists of award winners from Berklee's community.