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Last year's show, scheduled for Sept. 11 in Miami, was moved to L.A. because of political problems, then postponed because of the terrorist attacks, finally taking place in a smaller venue.
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Spanish Flamenco Singer Takes Home Industry's Top Awards at L.A. Ceremony
At least one segment of the beleaguered music industry has reason to celebrate.

In a replay of last year's ceremony, Spanish Flamenco singer Alejandro Sanz swept the major categories at last night's Latin Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, accepting honors for Album, Song and Record of the Year in front of a nationally televised audience on CBS.

Sanz, who received four nominations, won Album of the Year honors for MTV Unplugged and both Record and Song of the Year for "Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte.''

Last year, the crooner's song and album El Alma Al Aire earned him four Latin Grammys for Record, Album and Song of the Year, as well as  Best Male Pop Vocal Album.

Colombian singer Carlos Vives, touted as the pre-show favorite with a pack-leading total of six nominations, and Mexico's Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos del Norte won two awards apiece.

Vives won the Best Contemporary Tropical Album for Dejame Entrar, which also earned him a Grammy in February, and shared the Best Tropical Song honor for the album's title track. He was also nominated for Record, Album and Song of the Year for "Dejame Entrar.''

Ayala and his group were honored in both categories in which they were nominated, Best Norteno album for El Numero Cien and Best Regional Mexican song for "Del Otro Lado Del Porton.''

Veteran Celia Cruz won for Best Salsa Album (La Negra Tiene Tumbao, while Colombian superstar Shakira won Best Video for "Suerte," the Spanish version of her huge English hit, "Whenever, Wherever.'' Banda Cuisillos won Best Banda Album for Puras Rancheras con Cuisillos.

The Chilean rock group La Ley, up for four awards, won Best Rock Album for their MTV Unplugged and Cuban-American singer Jorge Moreno, on Madonna's Maverick Musica label, won the Best New Artist award. Vicente Fernandez, honored Tuesday as the Latin recording industry's person of the year, won Best Ranchera album for Mas Con El Numero Uno, the first Grammy ever for the Mexican singer, known as "The King of Ranchera Music'' for his 55 albums.

The event was marred when it was announced that several nominated Cuban performers, including jazz pianist Chucho Valdes, guitarist Rey Guerra and rapper X Alfonso, couldn't get entry visas. Valdes was awarded Best Pop Instrumental album for Canciones Ineditas, his first Grammy after decades in the business.

Last year's show, scheduled for Sept. 11 in Miami, was moved to L.A. because of political problems, then postponed because of the terrorist attacks, finally taking place in a smaller venue. This year's show, at Hollywood's glittering Kodak Theatre, home of the Oscars, was co-hosted  by Jimmy Smits and Gloria Estefan.

Carlos Santana, who has won nine Grammys and three Latin Grammys, performed the new song "America," from his upcoming Shaman album, with rock band P.O.D. Shakira and Thalia also sang.

Presenters ranged from Hector Elizondo and Daisy Fuentes to Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter and NSYNC's Justin Timberlake. Awards were being given in 40 categories, including Tejano, Norteno, Brazilian Contemporary and Merengue.

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