Here are the finalists for producer of the year at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards.
A second-time finalist in the producer category, the frontman of Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda has had a busy year. As a finalist in multiple categories, the prolific producer continues making music that resonates with fans of regional Mexican. His group's "Olvidame" spent seven weeks atop Billboard's Regional Mexican Airplay chart and "Marchate" peaked at No. 4 on Regional Mexican Airplay.
Fernanco Camacho Tirado
Fernando Camacho Tirado, another second-time finalist in this category, is the director of La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho and helped lead the band's most recent year with hits like "Llamada de Mi Ex" ("Call From My Ex"), which is also a finalist for song and banda of the year. The song was No. 1 on Regional Mexical Airplay for 19 weeks.
Jesus Tirado Castaneda
The sole new finalist in this category, Jesus Tirado Castaneda founded Banda Carnaval in 2001 and has continued to make his mark as a producer as well. The regional Mexican band from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, released "Maximo Nivel" during the summer and Castaneda produced the group's "El Mentiroso," which peaked at No. 4 on Regional Mexican Airplay, and also Calibre 50's "Mujer de Todos, Mujer de Nadie," which reached No. 5.
Isidro Chavez 'Espinoza Paz' Espinoza
Espinoza Paz continues to build his portfolio as a singer/songwriter, while establishing himself as a sought-after producer. Two songs earned Paz a finalist spot as producer of the year: Paz produced his own "Para No Perderte," which peaked at No. 3 on Regional Mexican Airplay, and "Un Hombre Normal," which spent three weeks at No. 1.