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Shakira, Calle 13 Dominate Annual Latin Grammy Awards


Sultry Colombian singer Shakira was the big winner at the seventh annual Latin Grammy Awards in New York Thursday night.

"La Tortura," her duet with Alejandro Sanz, won for both song and record of the year. Her album "Fijacion Oral Vol.1" received the album of the year prize, as well best female pop vocal album.

Puerto Rico duo Calle 13, who have popularized the genre known as reggaeton that is hugely popular among young listeners, won three Grammies, including best new artist and best urban music album for their self-titled debut album.

Gilberto Santa Rosa won Best Salsa Album for "Directo al Corazon." Argentine composer Gustavo Santaolalla, who won an Academy Award earlier this year for his score for the film "Brokeback Mountain," won the Best Tango Album for "Cafe de Los Maestros."

This year's awards, which were televised on the Spanish-language Univision network, were the first to be held in New York. Mayor Michael Bloomberg came on stage and welcomed the crowd in Spanish at the start of the show.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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