Latin Grammy Nominees Announced!

Lila Downs and up-and-comer Ximena Sariñana were amongst the artists who woke up at the crack of dawn today to announce the nominees for 2008 Latin Grammy awards. Cafè Tacuba, Juanes and Gustavo Santaolalla had cause for celebration, accumulating the most nominations.

But the big news this year is the Latin Recording Academy's departure from choosing to bestow honors on mostly mainstream pop music (such as Ricky Martin and Calle 13, who led the nominations last year), and recognizing rock and alternative artists like Mexican alternarockers Cafè Tacuba, who released Sino, their first album in four years, last September.

Of the female artists, Julieta Venegas scored a respectable four nominations for her Unplugged album, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for the album's only new track, "El Presente."

On-the-rise artist Ximena Sariñana, who many believe is the next Julieta herself, pulled in three nominations for Best New Artist, Best Alternative Song and Best Producer.

We're pretty impressed with this year's array of nominees, but the one that leaves us scratching our heads is Kany Garcia for Best New Artist. Didn't her album come out last summer?

The Latin Grammys will air live on Univision from the Toyota Center in Houston on November 13. For a complete list of nominees, click here.