While we’re still taking in the nominations to the 2016 Latin Grammys and saluting those recognized this year, we couldn’t help but notice that some major artists names were missing in the categories.
Yes, we have Enrique Iglesias, Juan Gabriel, Carlos Vives, Jesse & Joy, Shakira, and other fixtures all recognized in this year’s categories, but there are a couple of glaring absences. Check out Billboard’s breakdown of the five biggest snubs from this year’s nominations:
The Colombian singer’s name was nowhere to be found on the list of nominees this year, not even in the Best Urban Song where his hit “El perdedor” likely deserved a spot. Since its February release, “El perdedor” became a chart-topping reggaeton anthem.
Chino Y Nacho
It’s quite surprising not to see the year’s hottest reggaeton duo in the list of nominees, after the major success of their upbeat love song “Andas en mi cabeza” — which could have been acknowledged in either Best Urban Song or Record of the Year. The sweet and uplifting visual, which has over 400 million views on YouTube, was also overlooked in the Best Short Form Music Video category.
Did we miss Nicky Jam’s name on the list of nominees? The urban superstar’s absence from the list is definitely shocking, taking into consideration the many smashes he’s rolled out over the past few months, which have ruled the Billboard charts. One of those is his chart-topping tune “Hasta el amanecer,” which definitely deserved a nod in the Best Urban Song category.
León Larregui’s second solo album Voluma, which debuted in March, didn’t make the cut in this year’s nominations. The Zoé frontman’s alt-rock album includes many powerful and personal tracks, and deserved at least a nod in the Best Alternative Album category.
The Puerto Rican singer/songwriter’s album Limonada, produced by Grammy-winning producer David Kahne, didn’t get a single nomination. The LP gave García her first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Latin Albums chart, a strong comeback for an artist who hadn’t released a new album since 2012.
Check out the complete list of the 2016 Latin Grammy nominees here.