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Hosted by actor Jimmy Smits and comedian Paul Rodriguez, the low-key press conference replaced the awards ceremony canceled in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
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Latin Grammys Awarded In Low-Key Ceremony After Postponement
After being postponed, then canceled, the second annual Latin Grammy Awards were announced today at the Conga Room club in Los Angeles.

Hosted by actor Jimmy Smits and comedian Paul Rodriguez, the low-key press conference replaced the awards ceremony canceled in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Spanish pop singer Alejandro Sanz led the nominees, nabbing four awards, including Best Male Vocalist and Record, Album and Song of the Year honors for his single and album, both titled El Alma Al Aire. Colombian rocker Juanes picked up three awards for Best New Artist, Best Rock Solo Vocal Album for Fijate Bien and Best Rock Song for his single of the same name.

Christina Aguilera, who was originally scheduled to host the awards show with Smits, won Best Female Pop Vocal Album for Mi Reflejo, but could not attend the ceremony, due to illness. Luckily, Rodriguez's offer to sing "Genie In A Bottle" in her place was squelched when the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences decided to forego performances for today's ceremony.

Other awards handed out at the ceremony were:

Best Salsa Album: Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri (Obra Maestra)

Best Flamenco Album: Vicente Amigo (Ciudad De Las Ideas)

Best Rock Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal: Aterciopelados (Gozo Poderoso)

Best Norteo Album: Ramn Ayala Y Sus Bravos Del Norte (Qumame Los Ojos/Amigos Del Alma)

Best Traditional Tropical Album: Celia Cruz (Siempre Vivir)

Best Ranchero Album: Pedro Fernndez for (Yo No Fui)

Best Grupero Album: Limite (Por Encima De Todo)

Best Pop Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal: Armando Manzanero (Duetos)

Best Merengue Album: Chichi Peralta (...De Vuelta Al Barrio)

Best Pop Instrumental Album: Nestor Torres (This Side Of Paradise)

Best Regional Mexican Song: Jos Vaca Flores ("Borracho Te Recuerdo")

Best Tropical Song: Kike Santander for "Jurame"

Producer Of The Year: KC Porter

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