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Latin Music Winners for the 2009 Grammy Awards

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It sometimes seems that the Recording Academy and the Latin Recording Academy just don't inhabit the same musical universe because what else can explain the wide gap between the albums and artists nominated to represent the best Latin music of the year?

While Juanes' La Vida Es .. Un Ratico, the big winner at the 2008 Latin Grammy Awards, also won the award for 'Best Latin Pop Album', there's no sign of Cafe Tacvba, the Mexican rockers that received the most nominations for Sino, on the list of nominees for Latin rock. Jose Feliciano's Senor Bachata (Best Tropical Album) and Wisin y Yandel's Los Extraterrestres (Best Latin Urban Album) were the other two names that took home awards from both Grammy programs.

But there's no doubt that there are some very deserving albums on the list, so here are this year's winners in the Latin music categories.

By The way, In The Heights won the Grammy for 'Best Musical Show Album.' In the Heights with music & lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, also won the 2008 Tony Award for 'Best Musical.' The show explores 3 days in the Dominican-American community of Washington Heights, NY with music full of salsa, merengue and hip hop.

Winners Are In Bold

Best Latin Pop Album

  • Cara B - Jorge Drexler
  • Palabras Del Silencio - Luis Fonsi
  • La Vida..Es Un Ratico - Juanes
  • Complices - Luis Miguel
  • Tarde O Temprano - Tommy Torres

Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album

  • Sonidos Gold - Grupo Fantasma
  • 45 - Jaguares
  • La Verdad - Locos Por Juana
  • Tijuana Sound Machine - Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible
  • Mediocre - Ximena Sarinana

Best Latin Urban Album

  • La Novela - Akwid
  • La Sinfonia - La Sinfonia
  • The Royalty: La Realeza - RKM & Ken-Y
  • En Lo Claro - Voltio
  • Los Extraterrestres - Wisin y Yandel

Best Tropical Latin Album

  • Cuba: Un Viaje Musical - Albita, Rey Ruiz, Donato Poveda
  • Renacer - DLG
  • Senor Bachata - Jose Feliciano
  • Frutero Moderno - Gonzalo Grau y La Clave Secreta
  • Back on the Streets..Taste of Spanish Harlem Vol 2 - New Swing Sextet

Best Regional Mexican Album

  • Amor, Dolor y Lagrimas: Musica Ranchera - Mariachi Los Comperos de Natl Cano
  • Desde Mexico: "Cumbia Cusinela" - Huicho Musical
  • Vamonos Pa'l Rio - La Pikadientes de Caborca
  • Canciones De Amor - Mariachi Divas
  • A Puro Dolor - Nadia

Best Tejano Album

  • Music Lessons - Chente Barrera y Taconazo
  • Friends & Legends - Joe Posada
  • Viva La Revolucion - Ruben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution
  • All That Jazz... - Tortilla Factory
  • Heir To The Throne - Albert Zamora

Best Norteno Album

  • Me Enamore De Un Angel - Los Palominos
  • Raices - Los Tigres Del Norte
  • Corridos: Defendiendo El Honor - Pesado
  • Six Pack - Siggno
  • Cuidado - Solido

Best Banda Album

  • Tu Inspiracion - Alacranes Musical
  • Que Bonito ..!Es Lo Bonito! - Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga
  • Vive Y Dejame Vivir - Cuisillos
  • Tiro De Gracias - Lupillo Rivera
  • No Es De Madera - Joan Sebastian

Best Latin Jazz Album

  • Afro Bop Alliance - Caribbean Jazz Project
  • The Latin Side Of Wayne Shorter - Conrad Herwig & The Latin Side Band
  • Song For Chico - Arturo O-Farril & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
  • Nouveau Latino - Nestor Torres
  • Narooned/Aislado - Papo Vazquez The Mighty Pirates

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