Sunday marks the biggest night in music and Latinos are in the running to win big at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
Miguel has been nominated for awards in four categories, including “Best R&B Performance” and “Best R&B Song,” while Colombian rocker Juanes may also walk away with an award given his nomination for “Best Latin Pop Album” with his 2012 release “MTV Unplugged: Deluxe Edition.”
The philanthropically-minded musician is also set to make a splash on stage during the awards ceremony with the news that he will be performing during the evening. It’s a huge milestone for Juanes, who has presented at the annual ceremony twice but for the first time this year will perform live.
Other Latinos set to perform include Bruno Mars, who The Recording Academy has announced will join Rihanna and 16-time Grammy winner Sting in a unique trio of talent across R&B, pop and rock music.
With multiple categories honoring the best in Latin music – “Best Latin Jazz Album,” “Best Latin Pop Album,” “Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album,” “Best Regional Mexican Music Album” and ‘Best Tropical Latin Album” – some of the industry’s most beloved Hispanic artists are up for awards. Among those nominated for Grammy Awards include “The King of Bachata” Romeo Santos, whose album “Formula Vo. 1” is up for “Best Tropical Latin Album” against fierce competition that includes Raúl Lara Y Sus Soneros, Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña and Eddie Montalvo.
Popular songstress Lila Downs has been recognized for “Best Regional Mexican Music Album,” while other notable nominees include Ana Tijoux (“Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album”), Mexican rock duo Jesse y Joy (“Best Latin Pop Album”) and Luciana Souza (“Best Jazz Vocal Album” and “Best Latin Jazz Album”).
And this is one ceremony that’s supposed to keep the focus on the music. An email by CBS Program Practices released by Deadline requests that obscenity on wardrobe is unacceptable for broadcast, and talent should “avoid sheer, see-through clothing” in addition to “thong-type costumes” – meaning that presenter Jennifer Lopez won’t be able to wear anything like the dress she wore to the Grammy Awards 2000.
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8 PM / 7 PM Central.