Women in Music 2016

Meet the Billboard Latin Awards Female Artist Finalists

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Natalia Jimenez photographed in 2015.

Ten superstars and artists to keep watching represent Latina power at Los Premios Billboard

Yes, women artists are outnumbered by men on the lists of finalists for the Billboard Latin Music Awards -- and that’s a sign of the continuing challenges facing female artists in Latin music. All the more reason to shout out the accomplishments of these ten women, who, whether as soloists or voices of a group, are up to win awards on April 28.

Ha*Ash

The Mexican sisters who perform under the name Ha*Ash (Hanna and Ashley) had two recent top twenty hits on Billboard’s Latin Pop Songs chart, “Perdon, Perdon” and “Lo Aprendi De Ti.” They are finalists for the Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group award.

Shakira
The unsinkable Shakira is up for Social Artist of the Year, a prize she won at last year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards. Shakira’s beautiful vocals on Maná’s pop ballad “Mi Verdad” have also earned her nods for Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event; Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female; and Latin Pop Song of the Year.

Goyo, ChocQuibTown

Fans of ChocQuibTown have been grooving to the voice of Goyo since hearing the Afro-Colombian group’s debut album, Somos Pacifico, in 2006. ChocQuibTown had two charting tracks on the Tropical Songs chart this year with “Cuando Te Veo,” and “Salsa y Choke.” The band to keep watching is a finalist for the Tropical Songs Airplay Artist of the Year, Duo or Group award.

Natti Natasha

One of Urban Latino music’s most seductive voices,  Natti Natasha did it again with Perdido en Tus Ojos," together with her mentor, Don Omar. She is a finalist in the Hot Latin Songs artist of the year, female category.

Joy Huerta, Jesse & Joy

Joy Huerta has stood out as one of the top voices in Latin pop, singing beside her bother as the duo Jesse & Joy. Their lates album Un Besito Mas, debuted at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums in December 2015. Jesse y Joy are competing for Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group and Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group.

Natalia Jimenez

The Spanish singer Natalia Jimenez proved her chops as the frontwoman for the group La Quinta Estación, and won her first Latin Billboard award as a solo artist last year. This year, the singer--also a coach on "La Voz Kids,"—is a finalist in the categories of Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female and Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female

Jennifer Lopez

The tireless Latina icon Jennifer Lopez collaborated on multiple tracks through the year, including newcomer Alvaro Soler's "El Mismo Sol." She ends the year as a finalist for Hot Latin songs artist of the year, female.

Chiquis Rivera

The daughter of the late Jenni Rivera made her album debut as the woman to debut on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums in six months. Chiquis Rivera, who echoed her mother’s fiery spirit on Ahora, is a finalist for the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards in Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female and Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Solo.

Ana Gabriel

Mexican star Ana Gabriel has been making Billboard chart hits since1986.This year, she is up for Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female, based on her 2015 compilation of some of her best-known songs.

Selena

Twenty years after her death, Selena still serves as role model for Latinas everywhere, and her voice continues to touch audiences, no matter their gender. Selena is a two-time finalist for the Billboard Latin Music Awards, due to Lo Mejor De… a best of compilation that spent 44 weeks on the Latin Pop Albums chart, rising to the No. 2. Spot.

Billboard Latin Music Awards 2016