Stephen M. Silverman
July 22, 2003 08:46 AM

As the music world gathered Tuesday at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral to mourn last week’s passing of salsa legend Celia Cruz, the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced its 4th Annual Latin Grammy Award nominations on the same day in Miami.

Sergio George led with a field-best six nominations, including record of the year, song of the year and best tropical song for the Miami-based rock group Bacilos’s “Mi Primer Millon,” not to mention album of the year for their disc “Caraluna.” George also earned another nomination in the best tropical song race for “La Salsa Vive,” performed by Tito Nieves.

Singer-songwriter and four-time Latin Grammy winner Juanes is up for five awards, including record, song and album of the year, while producer Gustavo Santaolalla also came away with five. Singer Natalia Lafourcade nabbed four nods (including best new artist) as did engineer Anibal Kerpel, according to the Latin Grammy Web site.

Other notable nominees for this year’s honors include Enrique Iglesias, Pepe Aguilar, Luis Miguel, Shakira, Ruben Blades and Thalia.

In all, there were 205 nominations in 41 categories, showcasing Latin pop, tropical, Mexican regional and other Latin musical genres. The awards will be presented Sept. 3 in a ceremony to be held in Miami and broadcast on CBS.

Last year’s Latin Grammys were held in Los Angeles, after threats of protests by Cuban-Americans dashed plans for a proposed Miami-based ceremony. The 2001 event was canceled altogether in the wake of Sept. 11.

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