Paulina Aguirre says that her 2012 Latin Grammy nomination in the Christian Music category for her album "Rompe el Silencio" is a blessing for her native Ecuador.

"For a person like me ... who came from a very small country with very big dreams, the Latin Grammy nomination has a great deal of significance," Aguirre told Efe.

"It's a recognition of your work, your labor, your effort, it's for having broken the preconceptions of the impossible," said the artist, who moved to Los Angeles a decade ago.

"The first time they nominated me for a Grammy in 2007 I was the first" to be nominated in Ecuadorian history for that award and "when I won in 2009 people were very moved, there came out (reports) in all the papers that said: 'Ecuadorian wins Grammy for the first time,'" said Aguirre.

"After people had told you that you couldn't (do it), with so few resources you can come to have a trophy of this type, well, that opens possibilities for people who are looking at me to say: One day I can do it, too," she emphasized.

The Latin Grammy awards will be presented on Nov. 15 at a ceremony in the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.  

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