With confirmed presenters such as Chiquis and Guaynaa, a star-studded lineup including Daddy Yankee and CNCO, and Eugenio Derbez and Jacky Bracamontes as hosts of the evening, the 2019 Latin American Music Awards are almost ready to go.
In the tradition of the American Music Awards, the Latin AMAs pay tribute to the top Latin artists in the market today, with fans voting for the ultimate winners. This year’s awards are led by Ozuna with nine nominations, followed by Bad Bunny and Romeo Santos with eight, and Anuel AA with seven.
One of the highly awaited categories is new artist of the year, spotlighting six of the hottest rising acts of the moment. Going head-to-head for the award are Panamanian artist Sech, Spanish sensation Rosalia, Puerto Rican artist Darell, Argentine rapper Paulo Londra, Puerto Rican newcomer Lunay, and urban Boricua Jhay Cortez. Who should take the coveted Latin AMA award? Vote below.
The 2019 Latin AMAs will air live at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 17, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The awards show will be preceded by a one-hour red carpet pre-show called La Alfombra de Latin AMAs, kicking off at 7 p.m. ET. The award ceremony will also air simultaneously on Spanish-language entertainment cable network, Universo, and in 20 countries throughout the Americas via Telemundo Internacional.
Meet the nominees below:
In a world of hard-hitting reggaeton, Sech has managed to get on the Latin music scene with his soothing vocals, sensual urban fusion melodies and lyrics that focus on romance, dreams and positive vibes.
As someone who studied flamenco for nine years, Rosalía discovered a way to bring out her passion for music by fusing traditional Spanish rhythms with pop and taking it to renowned stages such as Coachella. She became a household name with hits such as “Con Altura” in collaboration with J Balvin and El Guincho.
Darell, who made the rounds in 2018 as part of the “Te Bote (Remix)” squad with Nío García, Casper Mágico, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, and Nicky Jam, has written songs for some of the biggest artists in the Latin urban scene, including Daddy Yankee, Anuel AA, Ozuna, and Bad Bunny, to name a few.
Shaping the sensibilities of his generation with a progressive lyrical approach, the rapper from Cordoba, Argentina got inspired by watching Eminem’s 8 Mile movie. Londra has collaborated with artists such as Becky G, Ed Sheeran, and most recently, A Boogie wit da Hoodie.
Lunay dropped “Soltera” in February 2019, under the wings of Chris Jeday and Gaby Music. Its remix, alongside Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny, debuted at No. 73 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in May, making it Lunay’s first appearance on the renowned chart.
With a career that spans less than five years, Jhay Cortez has already opened for J Balvin during his 2018 Vibras Tour and scored a Latin Grammy for his role as a songwriter on Tito El Bambino’s 2011 album, Invencible. He released his debut album Famouz in May.