2019 American Music Awards

Special Feature: Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards - Studio Kings

HITMAKERS COMPETE FOR TOP LATIN PRODUCER AWARD

They are the hitmakers--the contenders for the producer of the year trophy at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm in association with Pepsi.

Four finalists are competing for the honor: Jesus Tirado Castaneda, Sergio George, Fernando Camacho Tirado and Gerardo Ortiz. Their work as producers is determined by the U.S. radio airplay performance of their work during the eligibility period of Feb. 4, 2012, through Jan. 26, 2013.

Tirado Castaneda had four top 10s on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart for bands Calibre 50 and Banda Carnaval, while Camacho Tirado also had four songs in the top 10 of the same chart, including La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho's "Amor Express" (No. 1).

George, who founded Top Stop Music, had five No. 1s on Tropical Airplay: Prince Royce's "Las Cosas Penquenas," "Incondicional" and "Te Me Vas," and Leslie Grace's "Will U Still Love Me Tomorrow" and "Day 1."

Ortiz, also a popular regional Mexican artist, has been a constant source of inspiration for other acts who have performed his music. The singer's "El Primer Ministro" and "Entre Dios y el Diablo" both reached No. 1 on Top Latin Albums, in addition to having top five tracks on Hot Latin Songs.


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