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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Previewing The Latin Grammys

Juan Luis Guerra performs “Lindeza” at the 2012 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute to Caetano Veloso at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Wednesday in Las Vegas. (Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)

The Latin Grammy Awards will be held in Las Vegas on Thursday night.

José Massó, host of “Con Salsa.” (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Dominican superstar Juan Luis Guerra is up for six awards, leading all nominees.

In fact, in the competition for Song of the Year, Guerra is competing against himself for his song “En El Cielo No Hay Hospital” and for “Azul Sabina,” the song he co-wrote and produced for the Colombian rocker Juanes.

José Massó, who hosts the WBUR program “Con Salsa,” gives us a preview of some of his favorite selections from the nominees, including 2008 MacArthur Foundation grant winner Miguel Zenón.

José Massó’s Latin Grammy Music Selections:

1. Juan Luis Guerra: “En El Cielo No Hay Hospital”
2. Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra & Joaquín Sabina, “Azul Sabina” performed by Juanes & Joaquín Sabina
3. Luis Enrique with Prince Royce, “Sabes” (Soy y Seré)
4. Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard, “Chano Pozo Medley: Tin Tin Deo/Manteca/Guachi Guaro” (Chano y Dizzy!)
5. Jerry González y El Comando De La Clave, “Obsesión” (Y El Comando de la Clave)
6. Miguel Zenón, “Juguete” (Alma Adentro, The Puerto Rican Songbook)
7. Ron Miller and Orlando Murden, “For Once In My Life” Mark Anthony (Viva Duets)
8. Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, “Just in Time” performed by Tony Bennett and Juan Luis Guerra (Viva Duets)

In this video, Juan Luis Guerra and Tony Bennett sing “Just in Time” on David Letterman:


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