Ozuna's record 23 nominations for the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards underscore a significant moment for Latin music in the United States. The genre is not only at the forefront of pop culture -- the Grammy Awards telecast opened with Camila Cabello, J Balvin and Ricky Martin -- it's seeing outsize success with streaming, urban music and collaborations.
Ozuna is competing against himself in a variety of categories. For the top Latin album of the year, his 2018 LP, Aura, goes head-to-head against 2017's Odisea; for hot Latin song of the year, he's featured on "Taki Taki" and "Te Boté," a trap/reggaetón who's who that also includes Nicky Jam and Bad Bunny. Meanwhile, "Te Boté" and "El Farsante," his duet with Romeo Santos, are both nominated for streaming song of the year. (Nominees and winners are determined by the sales, streaming, radio airplay and social data informing Billboard's charts.)
Other top nominees are also collaborations. Balvin and Jam have 13 nominations each, including six for their joint hit "X (Equis)." Bad Bunny has 12, eight of which are collaborations. Only Daddy Yankee, who has eight nods, has a solo track, "Dura," up for an award.