Mr. Pauer, as part of Oktoberfest: Miami's Ultimate Foodie Night, at Century Marketplace September 30

Can we all just agree to dub this the year of Mr. Pauer?

Throughout 2011, he's been reaping the fruits of his labors, notching one milestone after another. It began with the release of his debut album, Soundtrack, and now it has led to one of the greatest honors the music industry has to offer — a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album. "It is amazing to get this type of recognition," says Mr. Pauer, AKA Toto Gonzalez. "Especially from the Recording Academy members."

He released Soundtrack in February, earning recognition from both iTunes Latino and iTunes Mexico as Song of the Week for "Cumbion del Sur," which has logged more than 50,000 downloads. The record "was recorded with a lot of love and a sincere relationship with music at this time of my life. Amazing things have been happening ever since," Gonzalez says.

"For me, it's a reminder that I am on the right path," he continues. "I've been doing music for the past 20 years, and I've been involved with the Miami music scene for the past 18. I feel proud to achieve this from my hometown, Miami, representing the boiling music scene we have here."

Congratulations, Toto! You've made your town proud.

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Christopher Lopez