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Natalie Cole's Spanish-language gamble pays off at Latin Grammy Awards nominations

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Sep 25, 2013 | 1:52pm EDT

Natalie Cole is celebrating after her first Spanish-language album scored her two top nominations for the 2013 Latin Grammy Awards. The soul star, daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole, took a gamble by releasing Natalie Cole En Espanol this summer (13), despite not being able to speak a word of the language. The album shot to the top of America's Top Latin Albums chart in July (13), and now it has been shortlisted for the coveted Album of the Year title at the prestigious awards ceremony, while Bachata Rosa, her duet with Juan Luis Guerra, will compete for Record of the Year. She will face off in the Album of the Year category against the likes of Miguel Bose's Papitwo, Draco Rosa's Vida, Alejandro Sanz's La Musica No Se Toca and Corazon Profundo by Carlos Vives, and she'll be up against Marc Anthony (Vivir Mi Vida), Rosa and Ricky Martin (Mas Y Mas), Sanz (Mi Marciana) and Vives (Volvi A Nacer), among others for Record of the Year honours. Colombian singer Vives, who will also compete for Song of the Year for Volvi A Nacer, leads the nominations with five nods, alongside Argentinian duo Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas, who are shortlisted in categories including Best Urban Performance and Best Alternative Music Album for Chances. Other nominees include rapper Pitbull (Best Urban Performance), Giberto Santa Rosa (Best Salsa Album) and Los Bunkers (Best Rock Album). As previously reported, Oscar D'Leon, Juan Formell, Roberto Menescal and Toto La Momposina are among the stars who will be honoured with lifetime achievement accolades at the awards, while Mario Kreutzberger, aka Don Francisco, and Pedro Ramirez Velazquez have been named the recipients of Latin Recording Academy Trustees Awards. The winners of the 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be announced during a ceremony in Las Vegas on 21 November (13).

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