Brazilian music producer Tom Capone led the field of Latin Grammy contenders announced Wednesday with five nominations, including two nods for best record and one for album of the year.
Capone, also nominated as producer of the year, was recognized for his work on singles by Brazilian songbird Maria Rita and Brazilian band Skank, and on Rita's self-titled album.
Rita, Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz and Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes shared honors as the most nominated performers with four bids each, including nods for "Maria Rita," Sanz's "No Es Lo Mismo," and Valdes' "Lagrimas Negras" for best album.
"Lagrimas Negras" garnered three nominations in all for Valdes and his collaborator, Spanish singer Diego El Cigala. Valdes also clinched a nomination for best jazz album for "We Could Make Such Beautiful Music" with Federico Britos.
Sanz, a top-selling artist in Spain and Latin America, won his first U.S. Grammy in February for best Latin pop album for "No Es Lo Mismo."
Other multiple nominees include former Menudo singer Robi Draco Rosa, Mexican band Cafe Tacuba, and the popular Chilean rock band La Ley, which was recognized for best album and song in the rock category.
Other contenders in the category of album of the year were Cafe Tacuba for "Cuatro Caminos," and Argentine singer Kevin Johansen for "Sur O No Sur."
Record and song of the year nods -- for best performance and composition, respectively -- went to Rosa for "Mas Y Mas," Sanz for the title track from "No Es Lo Mismo" and Julieta Venegas for "Andar Conmigo." Also nominated for best record were Skank for "Dois Rios," Valdes and El Cigala for "Lagrimas Negras" and Rita for "A Festa."
Johansen picked up a second nod for best song for "La Procesion," and Cafe Tacuba's Emmanuel Del Real was recognized for songwriting for "Eres."
Rita, the daughter of one of Brazil's greatest singers, the late Elis Regina, shot to fame in Brazil in less than a year and a half and has become one of the country's biggest pop stars.
She was nominated for best new artist along with California hip-hop duo Akwid, Puerto Rican-born singer Obie Bermudez, Colombian rockers Superlitio, and rock-reggae fusion band Mauricio & Palo de Agua, also from Colombia.
Mexican pop sensation Paulina Rubio shared the best female pop album category with Texan Jaci Velasquez, Puerto Rico's Ednita Nazario and Spain's Rocio Durcal and Rosario.
The best male pop album category pitted last year's best new artist, David Bisbal -- discovered on a televised singing contest in Spain -- and newcomer Bermudez against international superstars Ricky Martin, Luis Miguel and Sanz.
The nominations for the fifth annual Latin Grammys were announced in Los Angeles, where the awards show will return Sept. 1 after a year in Miami. They will be televised live on ABC.