Javier Limon, Berklee Alumni Receive 12 Latin Grammy Nominations

By 
Nick Balkin
September 27, 2013
Javier Limón

Berklee Mediterranean Music Institute artistic director Javier Limón has been nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards, and five Berklee alumni have received a total of 10 notations across six categories, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Tropical Album, Best Singer-Songwriter Album, Best Engineered Album, and Producer of the Year. Winners will be announced at the 14th annual Latin Grammy Awards, Thursday, November 21, 2013, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. 

In the Producer of the Year category, Limón was nominated for his work on José Mercé's album Mi Única Llave, featuring Berklee faculty and students, as well as for Flamenco En Black & White by Ariadna Castellanos '12, which was recorded and mixed by Rob Jaczko, chair of Music Production and Engineering. In the Album of the Year category, Limón was nominated for his contributions to Alejandro Sanz's La Música No Se Toca.

Singer, songwriter, and producer Juan Luis Guerra '83 received three nominations, while recording engineers Benny Faccone '78, Shafik Palis '01, and Sebastian De Peyrecave ’04 each received a pair of nominations. 

Since the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences founded the awards in 2000, to date, 24 Berklee alumni have received 71 Latin Grammy Awards. 

The complete list of Berklee Latin Grammy Award nominees follows. 

Record of the Year

Natalie Cole duet with Juan Luis Guerra – "Bachata Rosa"
Juan Luis Guerra '83, producer 

Draco Rosa – "Más y Más"
Benny Faccone '78, mixer 

Carlos Vives – "Volví A Nacer"
Shafik Palis '01, engineer 

Album of the Year

Natalie Cole – En Español
Juan Luis Guerra '83, producer 

Alejandro Sanz – La Música No Se Toca
Javier Limón, Berklee Mediterranean Music Institute artistic director
Sebastian De Peyrecave ’04, engineer 

Draco Rosa – Vida
Benny Faccone '78, mixer 

Carlos Vives – Corazón Profundo
Shafik Palis '01, engineer 

Best Contemporary Tropical Album

Juan Luis Guerra '83 – Asondeguerra Tour

Best Singer-Songwriter Album 

Tommy Torres '93 – 12 Historias

Best Engineered Album 

Kany Garcia – Kany García
Sebastian De Peyrecave ’04, engineer 

Producer of the Year 

Javier Limón, Berklee Mediterranean Music Institute artistic director
Ariadna Castellanos – Flamenco En Black & White
José Mercé – Mi Única Llave