The Latin American Music Awards first aired in 2015, with the mission of celebrating and honoring the best of Latin music in various genres such as Regional Mexican, urban, pop and tropical. Just like the American Music Awards, the Latin AMAs winners are chosen and awarded based on the results of online voting by fans.
This year, Ozuna leads the pack for a second consecutive year with nine nominations. He’s followed by Romeo Santos and Bad Bunny, who have eight nods each, and Anuel AA with seven. Other artists nominated include Karol G, Becky G, Daddy Yankee, Marc Anthony, T3R Elemento and many more.
Who will be the big winner of the night? Find out during the fifth annual awards show airing live at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 17, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, via Telemundo.
With the Latin AMAs less than a month away, Billboard revisits five memorable interviews that took place backstage at the first-ever Latin AMAs in 2015. See them below.
Maluma talks about his tribute to Celia Cruz at the awards show, where he performed alongside India, and the release of his album Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy, which dropped Oct. 30, 2015. At the time of the interview, Maluma also talked about being single and focusing on his career.
In 2015, Gloria Trevi won favorite female artist, expressing to Billboard how excited she felt to win the award because it was a gift from her fans. During the interview, the Mexican singer also shared some of her best beauty tips. “I learned to love myself,” she said.
At the first annual Latin AMAs, Coronel won the award for favorite regional artist. “It’s a true blessing,” a then 19-year-old Luis said. During the Billboard interview, Coronel dubbed Gerardo Ortiz as the Latin figure he looked up to for achieving so much in the genre.
Back in 2015, Leila Cobo, Billboard’s VP, Latin industry lead, sat down with Yandel to talk about his performances at the awards, which included “Encantadora,” “Calentura” with Lil Jon, and “Bailame” with Shaggy and Alex Sensation. “I feel that these awards are mine,” he said.
Cobo also caught up with Daddy Yankee backstage after nabbing his first Latin AMA. “I’m grateful for that award. We’re making history,” Yankee said, who dedicated his win to Don Omar. At the time, both reggaeton stars were on a joint tour called “The Kingdom.”