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First Latin Grammys awarded

Producer-songwriter Emilio Estefan, Mexican crooner Luis Miguel and Argentine rocker Fito Paez each won two trophies Wednesday in the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards.

Mambo legend Tito Puente, who died in June, won an award for best tropical performance. The Latin Grammys also named a Cuban singer in his 70s, Ibrahim Ferrer, as best new artist.

Seven months after winning eight Grammy Awards, Carlos Santana earned a Latin Grammy, too, for best pop instrumental performance. Santana, who won best record for Smooth in February, had the chance to win the same award at the Latin Grammys for a different song, Corazon Espinado, a duet with the Mexican rock band Mana.

Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan's husband, was honored as producer of the year for his work on eight separate albums. He also directed the winner of best music video, Gloria Estefan's performance of No Me Dejes De Querer.

Miguel's Amarte Es Un Placer won best pop album. A song from that album, Tu Mirada, was honored as best male pop vocal performance.

Paez was the songwriter for Al Lado Del Camino, which won the Latin Grammy for best rock song. The same song won best male rock vocal performance.

A tearful Audrey Puente, a television news personality in New York City, accepted the trophy for her father. She said he was particularly proud of his album, Mambo Birdland, and hoped it would win an award.

"Not only was he a great musician and humanitarian, but he was a great leader for the Latin community," she said.

Ferrer, the best new artist, came to prominence recently through his work on the Buena Vista Social Club album.

The 2,600 members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences were eligible to vote in the 40 award categories.

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