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Latin Grammy Awards Announced

On Sept. 19, 2002, the 3rd Annual Latin Grammy Awards came back stronger than ever after the show was cancelled last year due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Despite the fact that 22 nominees, including Best Pop Instrumental Album winner Chucho Valdés, were unable to attend the ceremony due to visa difficulties, the show went on with rousing performances by Shakira, Santana and P.O.D., Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz and others. Gloria Estefan and Jimmy Smits hosted the event. Valdés won for his album Canciones Inéditas against tough opposition from DJ José Padilla for Navigator, Gustavo Certai’s soundtrack to the Argentinean movie +Bien and Roberto Perera’s Sensual. Valdés’ father, Bebo, took home a Grammy, too. Bebo was awarded Best Traditional Tropical Album for El Arte del Sabor (The Art of Flavor). Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s (pictured) trio received the award for Best Latin Jazz Album for Supernova. Rubalcaba was also nominated with Charlie Haden for their collaboration, Nocturne. Other nominees for Best Latin Jazz Album were Omar Sosa for Sentir, William Cepeda for Expandiendo Raíces/Branching Out and the trio of Richie Beirach, Gregor Huebner and George Mraz for their Round About Federico Mompou.

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