Trio 3BallMTY tops ranks of finalists.
A rich array of artists are finalists for the second Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Presented by State Farm, the awards can be seen on Telemundo live from Los Angeles on Oct. 18. Finalists-and winners-are determined by Billboard chart performance during the eligibility period of Aug. 27, 2011, through Aug. 18, 2012. Award categories are based on album and digital track sales data provided by Nielsen SoundScan and radio airplay monitored by Nielsen BDS. For a complete list of finalists, go to Billboard.com/mma2012.
The three DJs behind 3BallMTY hail from Monterey, Mexico, and have created tribal guarachero by mixing cumbia and electronica. Leading this year's finalists, the group is a contender in 12 categories, including artist, new artist and song of the year. The trio bowed with the album "Intentalo". The set peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart while its title track spent two weeks at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs.
La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho
La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho has entertained fans for more than five decades. This year the group is a finalist for nine awards including artist and songs artist of the year. Its hit "Llamada de Mi Ex" ("Call From My Ex") is a finalist for song and banda song of the year. The group's musical director, Fernando Camacho Tirado, is a finalist in the producer of the year category.
Regional Mexican singer/songwriter Gerardo Ortiz is a finalist in 11 categories including artist, song, norteno artist and digital download artist of the year. His "Entre Dios y el Diablo" is a finalist for album and norteno album of the year, while "Amor Confuso" is up for song and norteno song of the year. Originally discovered on YouTube, Ortiz continues to engage fans on Twitter and Facebook.
Espinoza Paz is a finalist for artist, male artist, songs artist, digital download, albums artist and banda artist of the year with two albums, "Canciones Que Duelen" ("Songs That Hurt") and "Un Hombre Normal" ("A Normal Man"). Paz's composition "Para No Perderte" is a finalist for norteno song, while the singer is up for both songwriter and producer of the year. Paz plans to expand his reach in Latin America, and earlier this year he appeared in director Patricia Riggen's film "Girl in Progress" starring Eva Mendes.
Singer/songwriter America Sierra is a finalist for new artist and female artist of the year. The award-winning artist has been in the music business for more than a decade, but it was her vocals that helped give DJ collective 3BallMTY's "Intentalo" extra heft alongside singer El Bebeto. The songstress is also featured on 3BallMTY's "Besos al Aire" ("Air Kisses").
Banda Carnaval is a finalist for new artist of the year. The band is best-known for performing cumbias and romantic songs, and has become a favorite for its compositions of heartache that capture the spirit of the popular genre. The act's album, "Maximo Nivel", arrived during the summer and keeps reaching new fans in the United States and elsewhere.
La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas
La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas is a finalist for new artist of the year and since 1990 has kept a steady stream of fans thanks to its signature hits. Originally from the Mexican state of Sinaloa, the band is now based in California and has recorded nearly a dozen albums including "Nada Iguales" (Sony Latin).
Vicente Fernandez -- a four-time finalist alongside Shaila Durcal, Jenni Rivera and Joan Sebastian -- is up for male artist, ranchero/mariachi song, ranchero/mariachi album and ranchero/mariachi artist of the year. The legendary crooner is one of the genre's most iconic entertainers who this year continues to break ground with more music and a duet with Tony Bennett.
Fidel Rueda is a finalist for male artist of the year in a category that also includes Vicente Fernandez, Gerardo Ortiz and Espinoza Paz. No stranger to the Billboard Mexican Music Awards, the singer continues to shine with albums like this year's "Sinaloense Hasta las Cachas", which debuted at No. 6 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart on April 7.
Spanish singer Shaila Durcal is the daughter of the late singer Rocio Durcal, but the offspring of the legendary entertainer has continually found her own path through such projects as "Asi", a collection of ballads that have received regular rotation on the radio. She's a finalist for female artist, ranchero/mariachi song, ranchero/mariachi album and ranchero/mariachi artist of the year.
An entrepreneur who balances projects in music, TV, film, radio and beauty products, Jenni Rivera most recently produced two albums, one recorded in banda and the other pop. The singer is a finalist in categories that include female artist, album, banda and song (vocal event) of the year.
Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga
Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga has sold more than 2 million albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and next year the group will mark 75 years in the business. A finalist in the categories of artist of the year -- duo or group, banda song for "Te Quiero A Morir" ("I Love You to Death") and banda album, the group recently made news when its tour bus crashed in Texas. Although several members were hospitalized, the band was back on the road a few weeks later.
Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda
Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda are finalists in five categories including song ("Olvidame" ["Forget Me"]), airplay artist, banda song and banda artist of the year. The group's founder, Julion Alvarez, returns again this year as a finalist for producer of the year.
Singer/songwriter Joan Sebastian returns as a finalist in four categories including ranchero/mariachi album and ranchero/mariachi artist along with Pepe Aguilar, Shaila Durcal and Vicente Fernandez. Since the '70s, Sebastian has amassed a rich catalog of songs that range from grupero to pop to ranchera. The award-winning songwriter is also a finalist with veteran singer Lucero for their joint project, "Un Lu* Jo", a collection of romantic ballads that arrived earlier this year. "Un Lu* Jo" reached No. 1 on Regional Mexican Albums.
It's been 17 years since they disbanded, but Los Bukis returned this year with "Iconos 25 Exitos", a No. 1 compilation featuring "Yo Te Necesito," "Loco Por Ti" and "Mi Fantasia." The group is led by singer/songwriter Marco Antonio Solas, who is also up for song of the year -- vocal event with Jenni Rivera for his song "Basta Ya."
The late Selena Quintanilla is a finalist for female artist of the year. "Enamorada de Ti" ("In Love With You") features some of her most memorable songs including "No Me Queda Mas," "Techno Cumbia" and "El Chico del Apartamento 512." The album also features big names duetting with Selena on songs like "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" (Selena Gomez), "Fotos y Recuerdos" (Don Omar) and "Como la Flor" (Cristian Castro).
El Pelon del Mikrophone & DJ Morphius featuring Banda La Trakalosa & Violento
A tribal-inspired sound makes El Pelon del Mikrophone & DJ Morphius featuring Banda La Trakalosa & Violento finalists with "La Cumbia Tribalera" for song of the year -- vocal event. The song is a finalist alongside "Intentalo" (3BallMTY featuring El Bebeto y America Sierra), "Olvidame" (Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda), "Llamada de Mi Ex" (La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho) and "Amor Confuso" (Gerardo Ortiz).
Voz de Mando
Voz de Mando is a finalist in three categories including norteno song of the year for "Versos de Mi Alma" (Verses of My Soul) and competes with Gerardo Ortiz's "Amor Confuso," Espinoza Paz's "Para No Perderte" (To Not Lose You) and Pesado's "El Mil Amores" (The Thousand Loves). Voz de Mando is also up for norteno artist of the year.
Horacio Palencia Cisneros
Singer/songwriter Horacio Palencia Cisneros is a finalist for songwriter of the year along with Ariel Barreras (SACM), Espinoza Paz and Gerardo Ortiz. His song "Nina de Mi Corazon" ("Girl of My Heart") earned him song of the year at BMI's 2012 Latin Music Awards.