Billboard Latin Music Awards 2014 Preview: Latin's Best Shine On

Romeo Santos, Marc Anthony, Prince Royce

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Romeo Santos, Prince Royce and Marc Anthony lead the pack at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which air live tonight (April 24).

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The Billboard Latin Music Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards show in the genre, honor the most popular albums, songs and performers in Latin music. The awards, in 67 categories, are determined by the actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts during a one-year period from the issue dated Feb. 2, 2013 through this year’s Jan. 25 issue.

The awards show will be broadcast live tonight (April 24) on Telemundo from the Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

Among this year’s finalists, bachata star Romeo Santos — who in February scored his third No. 1 debut on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart with “Odio” (featuring Drake) — leads the field with 17 entries in 14 categories, including artist, songwriter, Tropical Albums artist and producer of the year, with many of his nods coming off early success from the singles off his sophomore solo set, Formula Vol. 2 (Sony Music U.S. Latin).

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Santos’ multiple appearances as a finalist underscore the continuing success of contemporary “urban” bachata on the Billboard charts. Fellow New Yorker Prince Royce is a 16-time finalist in 15 categories, including artist, social artist, Hot Latin Songs artist, male and Top Latin Albums artist of the year, male.

Also up for 15 awards is Marc Anthony, a finalist for artist, tour, Hot Latin Songs artist, male and Top Latin Albums artist of the year, male, among others. Anthony’s strong showing comes in the wake of his successful salsa album, 3.0, which ended the year as the top-selling Latin release of 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while hit single “Vivir Mi Vida” is up for numerous awards, including Hot Latin song and digital song of the year.

Other Latin superstars are among this year’s biggest multifinalists.

The late Jenni Rivera, whose albums continued to dominate sales throughout 2013, is an 11-time finalist up for eight awards, while Daddy Yankee and Enrique Iglesias are up for seven awards each.

Both Yankee and Iglesias had strong radio hits in the past 12 months, with Yankee’s summer hit “Limbo” up for digital song and Latin Pop song of the year. On his end, Iglesias’ “Loco” (featuring Santos) gave him six of his seven nods; he’s also up for social artist of the year.

Mexican crooner Alejandro Fernandez and La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho are up for six awards each, while young corrido star Gerardo Ortiz and norteño group Voz de Mando vie for five awards each. Finalists up for four awards include Alexis & Fido, Don Omar and Wisin & Yandel, while Christina Aguilera and Yandel are finalists for three each. Andrea Bocelli, Banda Carnaval, Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga, Calibre 50, Carlos Vives, Chino & Nacho, Grupo Mania, Il Volo, J Alvarez, Jesse & Joy, Leslie Grace, Luis Coronel, Roberto Tapia and Thalia are all up for two awards.

Forty-one other musical artists, songwriters or producers are one-time finalists this year.

Here are the finalists in some key categories. Click to see the full list of 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists.

Artist of the year
Marc Anthony
Prince Royce
Jenni Rivera
Romeo Santos

New artist of the year
Codigo FN
Luis Coronel
Leslie Grace
Roberto Junior y Su Bandeño

Songwriter of the year
Luciano Luna Diaz
Isidro Chavez “Espinoza Paz” Espinoza
Gerardo Ortiz
Anthony “Romeo” Santos

Producer of the year
Fernando Camacho Tirado
Sergio George
Anthony “Romeo” Santos
Jesus Tirado Castañeda

Hot Latin Songs artist of the year, male
Marc Anthony
Daddy Yankee
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos

Hot Latin Songs artist of the year, duo or group
Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga
Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga
La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene 
  Camacho
Voz de Mando

Airplay song of the year
Marc Anthony, “Vivir Mi Vida”
Enrique Iglesias feat. Romeo Santos, “Loco”
La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene 
  Camacho, “El Ruido de Tus Zapatos”
Prince Royce, “Darte un Beso”

Top Latin album of the year
Marc Anthony, "3.0"
Alejandro Fernandez, "Confidencias"
Jenni Rivera, "La Misma Gran Señora"
Jenni Rivera, "Joyas Prestadas: Pop"

Latin Pop Songs artist of the year, solo
Marc Anthony
Daddy Yankee
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos

Latin Pop Songs artist of the year, duo or group
Alexis & Fido
Chino & Nacho
Jesse & Joy
Wisin & Yandel

Latin Pop Albums artist of the year, duo or group
Il Volo
Jesse & Joy
Los Bukis
Mana

Tropical album of the year
Marc Anthony, "3.0"
Prince Royce, "#1’s"
Prince Royce, "Soy el Mismo"
Various artists, "Sergio George Presents: Salsa Giants"

Regional Mexican song  of the year
La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho, “El Ruido de Tus Zapatos”
Banda Carnaval, “Y Te Vas”
Voz de Mando, “Y Ahora Resulta”
Gerardo Ortiz, “Damaso”

Regional Mexican Songs artist of the year, solo
Luis Coronel
Gerardo Ortiz
Roberto Tapia
Noel Torres

Latin Rhythm song of the year
Alexis & Fido, “Rompe la Cintura”
Daddy Yankee, “Limbo”
J Alvarez, “La Pregunta”
Don Omar, “Zumba”

Latin Rhythm Songs artist of the year, duo or group
Alexis & Fido
Ilegales
Plan B
Wisin & Yandel

Latin Rhythm album of the year
Don Omar, "Don Omar Presents MTO2: New Generation"
Yandel, "De Lider a Leyenda"
Wisin & Yandel, "Lideres"
Various artists, "Pina Records Presenta: La Formula: The Company"