Various Puerto Rican Artists Honored with Grammy Nominations.

Grammy award!Yesterday the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will be held on Feb. 10, 2008, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. While recording artist Kanye West topped the nominations with eight, there were several nominations for local artists.

Legendary Salsa recording artists, El Gran Combo lead off the nominations. El Gran Combo’s “Arroz con Habichuela” (Rice and Beans) Record was nominated for the “Best Tropical Latin Album” Award. The group will be competing against Cubanismo, Isaac Delgado, Juan Luis Guerra and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

“Rice and Beans” already won the “Best Salsa Album,” during the past Latin Grammy Awards, which were celebrated in November at Las Vegas, Nevada. Other local recording artists receiving nominations include Black:Guayaba, Tego Calderón, Calle 13 and Daddy Yankee.

Black:Guayaba's "Adelantando" will compete in the Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album category, which also includes nominations for: "No Hay Espacio" by by Jarabe De Palo; "Amantes Sunt Amentes" by Panda; "Kamikaze" by Rabanes; and "Memo Rex Commander Y El Corazón Atómico De La Via Láctea" by Zoé.

For Best Latin Urban Album, which includes the remainder of the Puerto Ricans nominated, nods go to "E.S.L." by Akwid; "El Abayarde Contra-Ataca" by Tego Calderón; "Residente O Visitante" by Calle 13; El Cartel: "The Big Boss" by Daddy Yankee; and "Vacaneria!" By Fulanito.