2011 Latin Grammy Nominations Announced

The 12th Latin Grammy Awards nominations were announced today. Puerto Rico’s Calle 13 leads the nominations with 10, a record number in Latin Grammy history. The group’s nomination includes the prestigious album of the year and song of the year categories for the album and song LatinoamĂ©rica. Calle 13 is currently one of our top World Music artists, and there are still seats available for shows in New York and San Francisco.

Also on the list is well known pop cross-over artist Shakira. She’s received the album of the year nod for Sale El Sol, along with 2 other nominations. Likewise Enrique Iglesias earned an album of the year nomination for Euphoria. Enrique is touring extensively, and there’s ample opportunity to catch a show between now and the end of October.

Record of the year nominations include Ricky Martin‘s Lo Mejor De Mi Vida Eres TĂș. At the moment Ricky isn’t touring, but no doubt the Menudo veteran will be hitting the road again sometime in the future. You can catch a lot of the other nominees on tour and the actual Latin Grammy Award show Nov. 10 on Univision.

The Week in TicketCity Search – October 22

Catching up this week, and an interestingly auspicious one it is, as it appears we’ve gone two weeks without the esteemed Mr. Beiber on the countdown. That of course, is nearly as impressive as the performance of the Texas Rangers, who went from 2nd to 1st over the past couple weeks by turning in a performance that few would probably admit they expected. They are one win away from their first trip to the World Series. That will probably end up being a pretty big deal up in Dallas.

In other sporting news the Breeder’s Cup is a bit more popular this year, climbing the charts from 9 to 4. It’s a two day event, scheduled for November 5th and 6th, so ample time to get your tickets. On the football side of things, both the Longhorns and the Cowboys appeared this week, though at opposite ends of the list. We do draw closer to the postseason for both college and pro football. The NCAA conference championships are always big, and a good warm up to bowl season in December.

Shakira hangs in at #5 for a couple weeks, similar to other concert performers, Usher, Roger Waters, and Phish. Phish are enjoying a Beiber-like run for weeks now. Comedian Aziz Ansari came through town this week, and made it to #6 on the countdown as a result.

1 2 Texas Rangers
2 - Texas Longhorns
3 - World Series
4 9 Breeders Cup
5 5 Shakira
6 - Aziz Ansari
7 4 Usher
8 8 Roger Waters
9 3 Phish
10 - Dallas Cowboys

October 15th

1 1 ACL Festival
2 - Texas Rangers
3 6 Phish
4 - Usher
5 10 Shakira
6 4 Lady Gaga
7 - Rammstein
8 - Roger Waters
9 - Breeders Cup
10 7 WWE

The Week in TicketCity Search – October 8th

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Mr. deadmau5, I presume.

As I write this, it’s less than fifteen minutes before Two Tons of Steel are scheduled to kick off ACL Fest. In the week leading up to this weekend’s musical festivities, ACL became even hotter, blowing the proverbial doors off the top 10 and easily ending up on top. Second place goes to official ACL post show performer deadmau5. For those unfamiliar with even the barest hint of “leetspeak”, the “5″ is an “s” and it’s pronounced “dead mouse”. Not only is this deadmau5′ first appearance on the countdown, it’s the first appearance of anyone prone to wearing a large mouse head on stage.

ACL headliners The Eagles slip into the #3 spot, giving the entire top 3 over to ACL. I’ll just insert the obligatory “Phish is also at ACL” sentence in here, since they managed to remain exactly where they were last week at #6. ACL did put a bit of a dampener on Lady Gaga, but it places her in prime position to recapture the top spot next week.

Random college football team slips in, as the Yellow Jackets enter the countdown for what I believe is their first time to round out the top 5. Numbers 6 and 7 remain unchanged from last week, while all the ACL action has pushed Drake down from 5 to 8. At the very tail end, the esteemed Mr. Bieber clings tenaciously to the countdown, flipping positions with Shakira from last week.

1 2 ACL Festival
2 - deadmau5
3 - Eagles
4 3 Lady Gaga
5 - Georgia Tech Football
6 6 Phish
7 7 WWE
8 5 Drake
9 10 Justin Bieber
10 9 Shakira

The Week in TicketCity Search – October 1st

Combining all the various terms people used to find this weekend’s Texas-OU game, there really was no contest, despite the fact that ACL did put up a pretty impressive set of numbers too. The numbers are even higher than they were last year. Thought perhaps the recent UCLA game would dampen enthusiasm a bit, but it appears this game is immune that sort of effect. This will be two big weekends in a row, Texas-OU followed by ACL.

Gaga held on #3, while Daniel Tosh, who had made a brief appearance on the list a few weeks back in the bottom 5, returns at #4. The Tosh.0 star is one of the few comedians who have cracked the top 10, making this week all the more notable as another, Chelsea Handler, appears as well. Her show is down in nearby San Antonio tonight.

Drake climbs a bit to #8, and while I should just count Phish search as part of ACL at this point, I don’t and continue to let them hang around. Still pointedly avoiding a large amount of jokes based on their appearance on The Simpsons back in 2002. So, they’re on October 8th, Phish fans, don’t space on the date.

1 4 Texas Football
2 1 ACL Festival
3 3 Lady Gaga
4 - Daniel Tosh
5 8 Drake
6 - Phish
7 - WWE
8 - Chelsea Handler
9 - Shakira
10 9 Justin Bieber