A varied list of artists, from veteran to newcomers, dominates the finalists for the 11th annual Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking place April 23 in Miami.
Icons Vicente Fernandez, Marco Antonio Solis and Mana, along with pop star Enrique Iglesias, banda diva Jenni Rivera, urban bachata group Aventura and pop/alt singer Julieta Venegas and newcomers Flex and Los Pikadientes de Caborca are among the top finalists.
Thirteen new categories will be awarded this year, including the Latin Digital Download artist of the year, in recognition of Latin music's growing online and mobile presence.
Leading the list of finalists is Flex, who thanks to the success of his song "Te Quiero" and the album of the same name, is up for 13 awards, including Hot Latin Song of the year, Hot Latin songs artist of the year and Top Latin Album of the year. As a new act, Flex is also a finalist in the Hot Latin Song of the year new artist and Top Latin album of the year new artist, both new categories this year.
Iglesias is a finalist in 10 categories, including Hot Latin songs artist of the year and Top Latin Albums artist of the year.
Mana, Fernandez and Rivera are up for seven awards each. Mana's cover of Marco Antonio Solís' hit "Si No Te Hubieras Ido" is a finalist for Hot Latin song of the year, while its album "Arde El Cielo" is up for four awards, including Latin album of the year. Fernandez is a finalist with his songs "Para Siempre" and "La Derrota" and also in the Top Latin albums art of the year and Latin tour of the year categories.
Rivera is a finalist in the Top Latin album of the year, female and Hot Latin song of the year, female categories, among others. Other leading finalists include Los Pikadientes de Caborca and Aventura, up for six awards. Marco Antonio Solis, Los Dareyes de la Sierra and Julieta Venegas are finalists in five categories.
The 11th Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm, will take place at the Bank United Center in Miami and will air live on the Telemundo network. This year's awards will be once again hosted by actress Aylin Muica and Alan Tacher, host of Telemudno morning show "Levantate."
Other new categories this year include: Hot Latin Song of the Year, Male; Hot Latin Song of the Year, Female; Hot Latin Song of the Year, Duo or Group; Hot Latin Song of the Year, New Artist; Top Latin Album of the Year, Male; Top Latin Album of the Year, Female; Top Latin Album of the Year, Duo or Group; Top Latin Album of the Year, New Artist; Latin Rhythm Airplay Song of the Year, Solo; Latin Rhythm Airplay Song of the Year, Duo or Group; Latin Rhythm Album of the Year, Solo; Latin Rhythm Album of the Year, Duo or Group.
The awards are the culmination of the 20th annual Billboard Latin Music Conference, the largest and longest-running Latin music conference in the world. The event takes place April 20-23 at the Eden Roc Resort in Miami Beach. For more information, please visit Billboardlatinconference.com.