Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias Lead List of Finalists for Billboard Latin Music Awards

Awards to Air Live April 30 on Telemundo

Following groundbreaking years that saw them set records in multiple arenas, Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias lead the list of finalists for the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm.

Santos, who made history last year when he played back to back shows at Yankee Stadium, leads with 21 entries in 16 categories, a record in the history of the awards. Iglesias follows closely with 19 entries in 15 categories. Both acts broke the previous record of most finalist nods for a single year, held by Tito El Bambino and Don Omar, who both garnered 18 nods in 2010 and 2013, respectively.

Finalists were announced during a press conference early Feb. 9 that was broadcast live on the network's morning show Un Nuevo Dia. The awards will air live from Miami on the Telemundo network April 30.

Following in sheer number of finalist slots is Colombian chart newcomer J Balvin, who's had a break-out year and is a 12-time finalist in 11 categories, largely on the strength of his hit "6 a.m." Marc Anthony and Drake -- yes, Drake, a finalist thanks to his collaboration with Santos on the single "Odio" -- are both seven-time finalists. They're followed by Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona, up for six awards each thanks to Iglesias' hit single "Bailando," where they are both featured.

In turn, Farruko, featured in Balvin's "6 a.m.," is also a six-time finalist, and although five of those nods came from the hit single, he's a contender in the Latin Rhythm Albums artist of the year, solo category. Also claiming six nods each are regional Mexican powerhouses Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda and Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga, who are up against each other in the Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group category, which is completely dominated by regional Mexican music (Banda Los Recoditos and Calibre 50 are the other two finalists).  

Indeed, regional Mexican continues to be the most dynamic genre in terms of breaking new acts. Three out of the four finalists in the Artist of the year, new  are regional Mexican--Kevin Ortiz, Banda Tierra Sagrada and Remmy Valenzuela--with J Balvin rounding up the quartet.

Other multiple finalists include Marco Antonio Solis, Santana and Prince Royce, up for five awards; the late Jenni Rivera, Calibre 50, Plan B and Wisin, up for four; Ricardo Arjona, Camila, Chayanne, Alexis & Fido and Juan Gabriel competing for three each; and Yandel, Shakira, Banda Los Recoditos, Ricky Martin, El Komander, Calle 13, Remmy Valenzuela, Juan Luis Guerra, Baby Rasta & Gringo up for two awards.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data that informs Billboard's weekly charts during a one-year period from the issue dated Feb. 1, 2014 through this year's Jan. 31, 2015 issue. 

The awards are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, now in its 26th year and under the slogan "The Top Artists, The Top Trends, The Top Names in Music".  The conference is the biggest and longest-running event dedicated to Latin music in the world.  It takes place on April 27-30 at The Ritz-Carlton in Miami Beach, Fla. For more information, visit BillboardLatinConference.com or email conferences@billboard.com

 

COMPLETE LIST OF FINALISTS

2015 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS

 

Artist of the Year:

Marc Anthony

Enrique Iglesias

Prince Royce

Romeo Santos

 

Artist of the Year, New:

J. Balvin

Banda Tierra Sagrada

Kevin Ortiz

Remmy Valenzuela

 

Tour of the Year:

Marc Anthony

Enrique & Pitbull

Alejandro Fernandez

Juan Gabriel

 

Social Artist of the Year:

Enrique Iglesias

La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho

Romeo Santos

Shakira

 

Crossover Artist of the Year:

Becky G

Jason Derulo

Drake

Pharrell Williams

 

SONGS CATEGORIES

 

Hot Latin Song of the Year:

J Balvin featuring Farruko "6 AM"

Enrique Iglesias  featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona "Bailando"

Romeo Santos "Eres Mia"

Romeo Santos featuring Drake "Odio"

 

Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event:

J. Balvin featuring Farruko "6 AM"

Enrique Iglesias  featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona "Bailando"

Enrique Iglesias featuring Marco Antonio Solis "El Perdedor"

Romeo Santos featuring Drake "Odio"

 

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male:

J. Balvin

Enrique Iglesias

Prince Royce

Romeo Santos

 

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female:

Chiquis

Natalia Jimenez

Jenni Rivera

Shakira

 

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Julion Alvarez Y Su Norteno Banda

Banda Los Recoditos

Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga

Calibre 50

 

Hot Latin Songs Label of the Year:

Discos Sabinas

Remex

Sony Music Latin

Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 

Hot Latin Songs Imprint of the Year

Disa

Fonovisa

Sony Music Latin

Universal Music Latino

 

Airplay Song of the Year

J. Balvin featuring Farruko "6 AM"

Enrique Iglesias  featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona "Bailando"

Romeo Santos "Eres Mia"

Romeo Santos featuring Drake "Odio"

 

Airplay Label of the Year:

RCA

Remex

Sony Music Latin

Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 

Airplay Imprint of the Year:

Disa

Fonovisa

Sony Music Latin

Universal Music Latino

 

Digital Song of the Year:

J. Balvin featuring Farruko "6 AM"

Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona "Bailando"

Enrique Iglesias Featuring Marco Antonio Solis "El Perdedor"

Romeo Santos featuring Drake "Odio"

 

Streaming Song of the Year:

Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona "Bailando"

Enrique Iglesias featuring Marco Antonio Solis "El Perdedor"

Romeo Santos "Eres Mia"

Romeo Santos featuring Drake "Odio"

 

Albums Categories

 

Top Latin Album of the Year:

Enrique Iglesias "Sex & Love"

Santana "Corazon

Romeo Santos "Formula, Vol. 2"

Various Artists "Las Bandas Romanticas De America 2014"

 

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male:

Marc Anthony

Enrique Iglesias

Juan Gabriel

Romeo Santos

 

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female:

Ana Gabriel

Lucero

Jenni Rivera

Thalia

 

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga

Calibre 50

Julion Alvarez & Su Norteno Banda

Santana

 

Top Latin Albums Label of the Year:

Remex

Sony Music Latin

 Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Warner Latina

 

Top Latin Albums Imprint of the Year:

Fonovisa

Republic

Sony Music Latin

Universal Music Latino

 

Latin Pop Categories

 

Latin Pop Song of the Year

Camila "Decidiste Dejarme"

Chayanne "Humanos A Marte"

Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona "Bailando"

Enrique Iglesias featuring Marco Antonio Solis "El Perdedor"

 

Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo

Ricardo  Arjona

Enrique Iglesias

Juanes

Ricky Martin

 

Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Camila

Jesse & Joy

La Ley

Santana

 

Latin Pop Airplay Label of the Year

RCA

Sony Music Latin

Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Warner Latina

 

Latin Pop Airplay Imprint of the Year

Capitol Latin

Sony Music Latin

Universal Music Latino

Warner Latina

 

Latin Pop Album of the Year:

Enrique Iglesias "Sex & Love"

Santana "Corazon"

Ricardo Arjona "Viaje"

Chayanne "En Todo Estare"

 

Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:

Ricardo Arjona

Chayanne

Enrique Iglesias

Marco Antonio Solis

 

Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Camila

Grupo Nueva Vida

Santana

Tercer Cielo

 

Latin Pop Albums Label of the Year:

Multimusic

Sony Music Latin

 Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Warner Latina

 

Latin Pop Albums Imprint of the Year:

RCA

Republic

Sony Music Latin

Universal Music Latino

 

Tropical Categories

 

Tropical Song of the Year:

Marc Anthony "Flor Palida"

Romeo Santos featuring Drake "Odio"

Romeo Santos "Eres Mia"

Romeo Santos featuring Marc Anthony "Yo Tambien"

 

Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:

Marc Anthony

Prince Royce

Romeo Santos

Victor Manuelle

 

Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Alexis & Fido

Baby Rasta & Gringo

Chino & Nacho

Plan B

 

Tropical Songs Airplay Label of the Year

Siente

Sony Music Latin

Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Venemusic

 

Tropical Songs Airplay Imprint of the Year

Capitol Latin

Machete

Sony Music Latin

Universal Music Latino

 

Tropical Album of the Year:

Juan Luis Guerra "Todo Tiene Su Hora"

Romeo Santos "Formula, Vol. 2"

Various Artists "Que Lindo Es Puerto Rico"

Various Artists "Sergio George Presents: Salsa Giants + Plus EP"

 

Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:

Marc Anthony

Juan Luis Guerra

Romeo Santos

Prince Royce

 

Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico

Grupo Niche

Pirulo Y La Tribu

Don Perignon Y La Orquesta Puertoriquena                                                                                              

 

Tropical Albums Label of the Year:

Planet Records

Popular

Sony Music Latin

Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 

Tropical Albums Imprint of the Year:

Capitol Latin

Sony Music Latin

Top Stop

Universal Music Latino

 

Regional Mexican Categories

 

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga "Hermosa Experencia"

Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga "No Me Pidas Perdon"

El Komander "Soy De Rancho"

Julion Alvarez Y Su Norteno Banda "Y Asi Fue"

 

Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:

El Komander

Gerardo Ortiz

Noel Torres

Remmy Valenzuela

 

Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga

Calibre 50

Julion Alvarez Y Su Norteno Banda

Banda Los Recoditos

 

Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year

Discos Sabinas

Remex

Sony Music Latin

Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 

Regional Mexican Airplay Imprint of the Year

DEL

Disa

Fonovisa

Remex

 

Regional Mexican Album of the Year:

Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda "Soy Lo Que Quiero: Indispensable"

Juan Gabriel "Mis 40 En Bellas Artes"

Jenni Rivera "1969-Siempre: En Vivo Desde Monterrey: Parte 2"

Various Artists "Las Bandas Romanticas de America 2014"

 

Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:

Luis Coronel

Juan Gabriel

Jenni Rivera

Roberto Tapia

 

Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Calibre 50

Julion Alvarez Y Su Norteno Banda

Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga

Los Tigres Del Norte

 

Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year:

Freddie

Remex

Sony Music Latin

Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 

Regional Mexican Albums Imprint of the Year:

DEL

Disa

Fonovisa

Remex

 

Latin Rhythm Categories

 

Latin Rhythm Song of the Year:

J. Balvin featuring Farruko "6 AM"

J. Balvin "Ay Vamos"

Nicky Jam "Travesuras"

Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez & Ricky Martin "Adrenalina"

 

Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:

J. Balvin

Don Omar

Wisin

Yandel

 

Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Alexis & Fido

Baby Rasta & Gringo

Plan B

Zion & Lennox

 

Latin Rhythm Airplay Label of the Year

Pina

Siente

Sony Music Latin

Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 

Latin Rhythm Airplay Imprint of the Year

Capitol Latin

Machete

Pina

Sony Music Latin

 

Latin Rhythm Album of the Year:

J. Balvin "La Familia"

Calle 13 "Multiviral"

Plan B "Love & Sex"

Wisin "El Regreso Del Sobreviviente"

 

Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:

J. Balvin

Farruko

Wisin

Yandel

 

Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Alexis & Fido

Calle 13

Cartel De Santa

Plan B

 

Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year:

Nacional

Sony Music Latin

Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Warner Latina

 

Latin Rhythm Albums Imprint of the Year:

Capitol Latin

El Abismo

Pina

Sony Music Latin

 

Writers/Producers/Publishers Categories

 

Songwriter of the Year:

Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin

Horacio Palencia Cisneros

Luciano Luna Diaz

Anthony "Romeo" Santos

 

Publisher of the Year:

Mayimba Music, Inc., ASCAP

Palabras De Romeo, ASCAP

Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing LLC, ASCAP

Universal Music Latina, SESAC

 

Publishing Corporation of the Year:

Peermusic

Sony/ATV Music

Universal Music

Warner/Chappell Music

 

Producer of the Year:

Jesus Tirado Castaneda

Carlos Paucar

Alejandro "Sky" Ramirez

Anthony "Romeo" Santos