Latin American Music Awards 2018: Ozuna and J Balvin Lead Nominations

With nine nods each, reggaeton stars Ozuna and J Balvin lead the list of nominees for the 2018 Latin American Music Awards (AMAs), slated to air live Oct. 25 on Telemundo from The Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Ca.

Close behind is Nicky Jam with eight nods; Daddy Yankee with six; Bad Bunny, Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga and Christian Nodal with five; and Luis Fonsi, Maluma, Romeo Santos, Shakira and Wisin with four nods each. In the tradition of the American Music Awards (AMAs), the Latin AMAs pay tribute to the top Latin artists in the market today with fans voting for the ultimate winners. The three-hour show features not just nominees, but also artists who are relevant to Latin fans today. Confirmed performers to date include Cardi B, Flo Rida, Ludacris, Pitbull, Becky G, Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga, CNCO, Alvaro Soler and Tini with more expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

In terms of nominations, 10 artists are up for artist of the year: Bad Bunny, Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga, Christian Nodal, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Luis Fonsi, Maluma, Nicky Jam, Ozuna and Shakira.

Ozuna and Balvin are also both up for favorite artist-male, favorite artist, urban and favorite album-urban and album of the year for Odisea and Vibras, respectively. In addition, Ozuna is up for song of the year and favorite song-urban for “Escápate Conmigo,” his hit with Wisin. “Me Niego,” by Reik featuring Ozuna and Wisin is up for favorite song –pop, and “Sobredosis,” by Romeo Santos featuring Ozuna is up for favorite song - tropical.

On his end, Balvin’s “Mi Gente” with Willy William featuring Beyonce is up for song of the year and favorite song-urban, while “X” by Balvin with Nicky Jam is up for song of the year and favorite song-urban.

This year’s new artist of the year category is particularly competitive, with Bad Bunny, Manuel Turizo, Raymix and Sebastian Yatra vying for the award.

The Latin AMAs honors artists in pop/rock, regional Mexican, urban, and tropical genres. See past year's winners here.

Nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including sales, airplay, streaming and social activity tracked by Billboard through its data partners Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound for data covering the periods of Aug. 11, 2017 through Aug. 9, 2018. Winners are decided by fan votes.

See the full list of nominees below:

Artista del Año / Artist of the Year

Bad Bunny
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Christian Nodal
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Luis Fonsi
Maluma
Nicky Jam
Ozuna
Shakira

Nuevo Artista del Año / New Artist of the Year

Bad Bunny
Manuel Turizo
Raymix
Sebastián Yatra​

Sencillo del Año / Song of the Year

Becky G feat. Bad Bunny - “Mayores”
Daddy Yankee - “Dura”
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé - “Mi Gente”
Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato - “Échame La Culpa”
Maluma & Nego do Borel - “Corazón”
Nicky Jam & J Balvin - “X”
Wisin feat. Ozuna - “Escápate Conmigo”

Álbum del Año / Album of the Year

Christian Nodal - Me Dejé Llevar
J Balvin - Vibras
Nicky Jam - Fénix
Ozuna - Odisea
Wisin - Victory

Artista Favorita - Femenina / Favorite Artist - Female

Becky G
Jennifer Lopez
Karol G
Natti Natasha
Shakira

Artista Favorito - Masculino / Favorite Artist - Male

Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Maluma
Nicky Jam
Ozuna​

Dúo o Grupo Favorito / Favorite Duo or Group

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
CNCO
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho
Zion & Lennox

Artista Favorito - Pop / Favorite Artist - Pop

CNCO
Luis Fonsi
Shakira

Álbum Favorito - Pop / Favorite Album - Pop

CNCO - CNCO
Juanes - Mis Planes Son Amarte
Sebastián Yatra - Mantra

Canción Favorita - Pop / Favorite Song - Pop

Carlos Vives & Sebastián Yatra - “Robarte Un Beso”
Enrique Iglesias feat. Bad Bunny - “El Baño”
Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato - “Échame La Culpa”
Reik feat. Ozuna & Wisin - “Me Niego”
Shakira & Nicky Jam - “Perro Fiel”

Artista Favorito - Regional Mexicano / Favorite Artist - Regional Mexican

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Christian Nodal

Álbum Favorito - Regional Mexicano / Favorite Album - Regional Mexican

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga - La Mejor Versión De Mí
Christian Nodal - Me Dejé Llevar
T3r Elemento - Underground

Canción Favorita - Regional Mexicano / Favorite Song - Regional Mexican

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga - “Tu Postura”
Calibre 50 - “Corrido de Juanito”
Christian Nodal - “Me Dejé Llevar” 
La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho - “Entre Beso y Beso”
Raymix - “Oye Mujer”

Artista Favorito - Urbano / Favorite Artist - Urban

J Balvin
Maluma
Ozuna

Canción Favorita - Urbano / Favorite Song - Urban

Becky G feat. Bad Bunny - “Mayores”
Daddy Yankee - “Dura”
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé - “Mi Gente”
Nicky Jam & J Balvin - “X”
Wisin feat. Ozuna - “Escápate Conmigo”

Álbum Favorito - Urbano / Favorite Album - Urban

J Balvin - Vibras
Ozuna - Odisea
Yandel - #Update

Artista Favorito - Tropical / Favorite Artist - Tropical

Gente de Zona
Nacho
Romeo Santos
Canción Favorita - Tropical / Favorite Song - Tropical
Nacho - “Báilame”
Romeo Santos feat. Nicky Jam & Daddy Yankee - “Bella y Sensual”
Romeo Santos feat. Ozuna - “Sobredosis”
Silvestre Dangond & Nicky Jam - “Cásate Conmigo”
Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skilz & Elvis Crespo - “Azukita”

Álbum Favorito - Tropical / Favorite Album - Tropical

Carlos Vives - VIVES
Orquesta Akokán - Orquesta Akokán
Victor Manuelle - 25/7

Artista Favorito - Crossover / Favorite Crossover Artist

Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Demi Lovato

Tour Favorito / Favorite Tour

Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull
Jennifer Lopez
Luis Miguel
Romeo Santos
Timbiriche

Video Favorito / Favorite Video

Anitta “Medicina”
Juanes “Pa Dentro”
Nacho “No te Vas”
Residente & Dillon Francis Feat. iLe “Sexo”
Ricardo Arjona “El Cielo a Mi Favor”

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