Romeo Santos is a finalist for 12 awards in 11 categories of the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards, including artist of the year. Among others, the bachata-pop superstar is up for tour of the year, songwriter of the year, producer of the year and social artist of the year.
Santos song “Hilito” is a finalist for Song of the Year and for Tropical Song of the Year. “Hilito” competes in the Tropical Song of the Year category with “Yo También," his hit track featuring Marc Anthony.
Santos was the big winner at the 2015 Billboard Latin Awards, taking home 10 awards.
Enrique Iglesias is an 11-time finalist at this year’s awards, with most of his nods coming on the heels of the huge success of "El Perdon," his collaboration with Nicky Jam. He competes for artist of the year, tour of the year, social artist of the year, Hot Latin Song of the year, airplay song of the year and digital song of the year, among other honors.
The unstoppable “El Perdón,” his collaboration with Nicky Jam, is a finalist in 6 Latin Music Awards categories.
Iglesias won 9 Billboard Latin Music Awards in 2015, second only to Romeo Santos.
Nicky Jam’s career has risen astronomically with the track “El Perdón,” and he is a finalist for 11 awards in 10 categories at the 2016 awards. Nicky Jam is up for artist of the year, male Hot Latin Songs artist of the year, solo Latin Rhythm Songs artist of the year and songwriter of the year, among other awards.
“El Perdón,” his track with Enrique Iglesias, is a finalist in 6 Latin Music Awards categories.
J Balvin, who was the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards best new artist in 2015, remained a fixture on the charts this year, resulting in eight nods. His track “El Ginza” is a finalist for four awards, and his 2014 megahit “Ay Vamos” kept going strong: It’s up for three song awards.
Balvin could also take home the Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male and Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Solo.
Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes Del Rancho
Ariel Camacho tragically died in 2015 at age 22, but his star has not faded. Camacho and his band Los Plebes del Rancho are finalists in seven Billboard Latin Music Awards categories, including new artist of the year and Hot Latin Songs artist of the year. The band’s song “Te Metiste” is up for Hot Latin Song of the year and Regional Mexican song of the year.
Iconic rock band Maná is a finalist in seven categories for the 2016 awards. The band’s "Cama Incendiada" competes for album of the year and Latin pop album of the year. The ballad “Mi Verdad,” with Shakira, is a Latin pop song of the year and Hot Latin Song of the year finalist. The Mexican superstars will also compete in the Top Latin Albums artist of the year, duo or group, and Latin Pop Albums artist of the year, duo or group, categories.
Juan Gabriel has been one of Latin music fans’ favorite artists since he started singing professionally in the 1970s. In 2015, he not only made a stellar comeback, he achieved new heights in his career. Gabriel is a finalist for seven awards in six categories for two No. 1 albums, "Los Duo 2" and "Mis Numero 1...40 Aniversario." Both of those albums will compete at the Billboard Latin Awards in the Latin pop album of the year category. "Los Duo 2," Gabriel’s album featuring versions of his well-known songs in collaboration with diverse Latin artists, is also a finalist in the Top Latin Album of the year category.
Julión Álvarez Y Su Norteño Banda
Young Regional Mexican star Julion Alvarez and his Norteña Banda scored big this year with the album "El Amor de su Vida" and hit song “El Afferado.” Alvarez is a finalist for a total of six awards, including Hot Latin Songs artist of the year, duo or group; Top Latin Albums artist of the year, duo or group; Regional Mexican song of the year; Regional Mexican Songs artist of the year; Regional Mexican album of the year; and Regional Mexican Albums artist of the year, duo or group.
Ricky Martin dedicated his latest album to "A Quien Quiera Escuchar" (Whoever Wants to Listen), and his fans definitely did. The album is a finalist in the Top Latin Album of the Year category, and Martin also makes the list of artists competing in the Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male category. Martin is a finalist for a total of 6 Billboard Latin Music Award spots, which also include Latin Pop Song of the Year for his dance-friendly track “La Mordidita.”
Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga
The trendy Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga is a streaming powerhouse. Two of the group's tracks -- the romantic "Mi razon de ser" and "Hablame de ti" -- are competing against each other in the streaming song of the year category. All told, the group has six entries, vying for five awards, including regional Mexican artist of the year.
Marc Anthony took Cuban duo Gente de Zona under his wing and together, they recorded a smash hit. "La Gozadera" by Gente de Zona, featuring Marc Anthony, is up for Hot Latin Song of the year, vocal event and digital song of the year, among others. All told, Marc Anthony is up for five awards, including Tropical songs artist of the year. He is also a finalist with Romeo Santos' "Yo tambien."
Regional Mexican band Calibre 50 are finalists in 5 award categories, including Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group; Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group;; and Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group. The title of their best of album Lo Mejor de... describes not only the band’s top tracks, but some of the most popular Regional Mexican music to come out this year. It’s up for awards in the Regional Mexican Album of the Year category.
Gente De Zona
Gente de Zona is back in the running after their huge success collaborating with Enrique Iglesias on “Bailando.” This time, their popular track “La Gozadera,” featuring Marc Anthony, is present in 3 awards categories:Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event; Digital Song of the Year;, andTropical Song of the Year. The Cuban duo is also a finalist in the Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group category.
Superstar Shakira is up for Social Artist of the Year, an award she won at last year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards. The Colombian singer's collaboration with rockers Maná on their pop hit "MI verdad" also earned her nods for Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event; Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female; and Latin Pop Song of the Year.
Salsa star Victor Manuelle’s “drums” sounded loud enough to secure him 4 finalist spots for the upcoming Billboard Latin Music Awards. His album, Que Suenan Los Tambores, is up for Tropical Album of the Year. The single “No Queria Enganarte” could win Tropical Song of the Year; and Manuelle is a finalist in the Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Solo and Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Solo categories.
After peaking at No. 3 on Hot Latin Songs with "Sunset," his hit featuring Shaggy and Nicky Jam, Farruko is a finalist in 3 categories: Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event; Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Solo; and Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Solo.
Mr. Worldwide is a finalist in three categories: Tour of the Year (thanks in large part to his dates with Enrique Iglesias); Latin Rhythm Album of the Year; and Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Solo. Recently, Mr. Worldwide announced that his show “Time Of Our Lives' will go back to Vegas in March.
Zion & Lennox
Reggaeton duo Zion & Lennox are finalists thanks to the success of their hit "Pierdo la Cabeza." They're competing for Airplay Song of the Year and Latin Rhythm Song of the Year and are also finalist for Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group
Disbanded or not, Aventura is the gift that keeps on giving. The bachata troupe are finalists for Tropical Album of the Year and Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group. Aventura is one of the groups with a long list of Billboard Latin Music Awards. They have won 25 awards and have been finalists more than 40 times.
Baby Rasta y Gringo
First-time finalists Baby Rasta y Gringo are up for two awards: Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group, and Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year.
Banda Clave Nueva De Max Peraza
Max Peraza created his own group after being the lead singer for multiple bands, most recently Banda Rancho Viejo. Now, his own group is up for Artist of the year, New, while the song "Cual Adios" is up for Regional Mexican song of the year.
Buena Vista Social Club
Yep, Buena Vista Social Club is still doing it. The group's Lost and Found is up for Tropical album of the year while the group is up for Tropical Albums artist of the year, duo or group.
Chiquis Rivera's debut album, Ahora, made her the first woman to debut on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums in six months. Ironically, her mother's posthumous album, 1 Vida-3 Historias: Matamorfosis -- Despedida de Culican, was the last female-led album to achieve the feat. Now, Chiquis RIvera is a finalist for the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards in Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female and Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Solo.
For first time in his career, young crooner Christian Daniel is a finalist for Billboard Latin Music Awards in the Latin Pop Song of the Year category with “Ahora Que Te Vas” and Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo.
Don Omar is finalist on Latin Rhythm Album of the Year with his “Last Don II,” his return to his reggaeton roots. He's also a finalist for Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Solo. The Latin urban act has won 22 Billboard Latin Music Awards during his career.
Gilberto Santa Rosa
Salsa star Gilberto Santa Rosa won his first Billboard Latin Music Award in 2003. This year, his set Necesito un bolero makes him a finalist for Tropical Album of the Year and Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Solo.
Jesse y Joy
Singing siblings Jesse & Joy are vying for Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group and Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group. The Mexican duo was a finalist for first time back in 2013. Last year, their lates album Un Besito Mas debuted No. 1 on Top Latin Albums (on Dec. 26, 2015).
The late Joan Sebastian won his first Billboard award in 2001 for Secreto de amor. In 2016 he's a finalist for Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male; Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Solo. Sebastian passed away in 2015 after a battle against cancer.
A 15-time past winner, Juanes, is also a finalist for the 27th edition of the show in two categories:
Latin Pop Song of the Year for "Juntos," from the soundtrack to the movie McFarland USA, and Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo.
Colombian heartthrob Maluma is a finalist for first time in his career in the Artist of the Year, New category, making him the only non regional Mexican competing in the new artist field. He's also up for Latin Rhythm Song of the Year. Last year, he dropped his album Pretty Boy Dirty Boy, which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart.
Last year, Natalia Jimenez won her first Latin Billboard award as a solo artist. This year, the singer--also a coach on "La Voz Kids,"--iss finalist once again on Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female and Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female
With hits like “Choca,” “Donde Los Consigo,” feat. Yailemm y Clandestino, and as a featuring act on Daddy Yankee’s “Sabado Rebelde,” urban duo Plan B dominated Latin radio airwaves in 2015. Their biggest hit, contributing to their place as a finalist for Latin Rhythm Airplay Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group, came with “Fanatica Sensual,” which reached No. 5 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart. The pair’s 2014 album Love & Sex spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Albums most recently on the chart dated June 27, 2015.
While bachata star Prince Royce was focused on his English crossover album in 2015, he continued accruing No. 1s on the Tropical Songs chart with “Solita,” and “Que Cosas Tiene El Amor,” with Anthony Santos. With 12 total chart-toppers, the singer is tied for third-most No. 1s in the chart’s history. Royce is a finalist for Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Solo and Social Artist of the Year.
The deceased Mexican-American singer is a two-time finalist due to a best-of set released in April 2015. Lo Mejor De…spent 44 weeks on the Latin Pop Albums chart, peaking at No. 2. With both pop and Tejano tracks like crossover hit “Dreaming of You,” and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” Selena’s music still resonates with fans, 20 years after her death.
Since splitting from longtime duo Wisin & Yandel, reggaeton star Yandel continues on accumulating No. 1 hits like “Hable de Ti” (2012), “Hasta Abajo” (2014), and “Calentura” (2015), which all topped Latin Rhythm Airplay. His album Legacy: De Lider a Leyenda Tour finishes the year as a finalist for Latin Rhythm Album of the Year.
Alexis y Fido
The urban duo is a one-time finalist for Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group thanks to two hits in the last year. Both “A Ti Te Encanta” and “Santa De Mi Devocion” hit the top 20 on Latin Rhythm Airplay. In total, the pair has scored 21 top 20 hits since they first landed on the chart in 2005 with “Eso Ehh…!!.”
Billboard chart veteran Ana Gabriel, who first charted in 1986, released a greatest hits album in 2015, which includes some of her most famous songs including “Quien Como Tu,” “Simplemente Amigos,” and “Luna.” The success of the set earns the powerhouse singer a spot as a finalist for Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female.
Chino y Nacho
Venezuelan duo Chino & Nacho first landed on Billboard charts in 2010 with “Nina Bonita,” is one of the finalists for Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group. It was “Me Voy Enamorando,” featuring Farruko, that made a splash in 2015, becoming their seventh top 10 hit on the Latin Pop Songs chart.
Colombian group Chocquibtown placed its first two charting songs (as a lead act) on the Tropical Songs chart this year with “Cuando Te Veo,” and “Salsa y Choke,” leading them to a finalist nod for Tropical Songs Airplay Artist of the Year, Duo or Group.
One of the biggest Latin hit makers, Daddy Yankee, did not slow down in 2015, posting No. 1s with “Sigueme y Te Sigo,” and as a featured act on Wisin & Carlos Vives’ “Nota de Amor” on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart. Most recently “Vaiven” crowned the chart (Jan. 23, 2016), tying him for the record for most No. 1s ever on the chart (he ties with Wisin & Yandel, each with 14 No. 1s).
Pop singer Ed Sheeran connected with Latin audiences, placing on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart for the first time with his hit “Thinking Out Loud.”
El Gran Combo
Longtime tropical ensemble El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico has spent 78 weeks on the Tropical Albums chart with its latest greatest hits set, 10 de Coleccion, which reached No. 4. No other group has placed as many top 10s in the chart’s 31-year history.
Mexican singer El Komander, known for his controversial narcocorridos, commanded radio over the last year. “Malditas Ganas” became his first airplay No. 1 on Regional Mexican Airplay, while also reaching the top 10 as a feature on Calibre 50’s “Que Tiene de Malo.” The tracks helped him to become a finalist for Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Solo.
Puerto Rican Merengue band Grupo Mania first appeared on Billboard charts nearly 20 years ago and they have posted 34 career hits on Tropical Songs – more than any other group. In 2015, “Corazon Corazon” and “Te Vi” continued their string of hits that aid in them being a finalist for Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group.
Grupo Nueva Vida
Christian pop group Grupo Nueva Vida shined on Latin Pop Albums chart this past year with lasting sales from its latest album Los 32 Mejores Cantos Religiosos. The set spent a total of 70 weeks on Latin Pop Albums chart since its 2014 release.
Sister pop duo Ha*Ash (Hanna and Ashley) returned to Billboard’s Latin Pop Songs chart after a three-year absence, logging top 20 hits with “Perdon, Perdon” and “Lo Aprendi De Ti.” The performance of the latest singles earns the siblings a spot as finalist for Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group.
International classical crossover quartet, Il Divo, released its first all Spanish-language set Amor & Pasion – debuting at the top of Latin Pop Albums in Dec. 2015, where it stayed for three weeks. While the group has recorded singles in several languages, including Spanish, the latest album’s performance in the Latin market helps it to be a finalist for Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group.
Ilegales' irresistible blend of Latin beats landed them once again on the Billboard tropical charts. The group last won a Billboard award in 1998. This time they're up for Tropical songs artist of the year, duo or group, competing with Grupo Mania, ChocQuibTown and Gente de Zona.
Lopez collaborated in multiple tracks through the year, including Alvaro Soler's "El mismo sol." She ends the year as a finalist for Hot Latin songs artist of the year, female.
No, Bieber isn't on this list thanks to his collaboration with J Balvin (though we love it! ). He's here thanks to his appeal with Latin listeners. Bieber is up for Crossover artist of the year.
Kinto Sol may not play on Latin radio, but they have a diehard fanbase that buys their albums. The group's blend of social conscience, rap beats and Mexican rhythms is unique. Back in 2008, they won Rap/Hip hop album of the year for Los Hijos del Maiz. This time, they're competing for Latin Rhythm Albums artist of the year, the only non-reggaeton act in a field that also includes Plan B, Wisin & Yandel and Baby Rasta and Gringo.
La Séptima Banda
A youtube and Vevo powerhouse, La Septima Banda are up for Artist of the year, New, propelled by a series of romantic banda songs.
Marco Antonio Solis
It's fair to say that anything Marco Antonio Solis puts out, sells. The Mexican legend released his live album Por Amor a Morelia Michoacan: En Vivo, and a hits set soon followed. The combined clout makes him a finalist for Latin Pop Albums artist of the year, solo.
Natti Natasha again paired up with mentor Don Omar, this time for single "Perdido en tus ojos." She's up for Hot Latin Songs artist of the year, female.
OMI went to Nicky Jam for a Spanglish version of "Cheerleader." But the track's appeal, in any language, made him a finalist for Crossover artist of the year.
Pirulo Y La Tribu
Many are calling Priulo y la Tribu the most exciting salsa bands band to come out recently from Puerto Rico. Pirulo's Calle Linda Golden Edition debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Tropical Albums chart. He's up for Tropical Albums artist of the year, duo or group.
Only 24 years old, Remmy Valenzuela has already garnered chart success with his romantic regional Mexican fare.Last year, Valenzuela was a finalist in the New artist of the year category. This time, he's up for regional Mexican songs artist of the year, solo.
A star in every realm, Arjona devoted most of 2015 to touring. As one of the few acts who consistently sells out arenas in the U.S., he's a finalist for Tour of the year for what many are calling the most elaborately produced Latin tour in recent years.
Roberto Tapia debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Regional Mexican albums chart with his latest release, Diferente. Despite the fact that it came out late in the year, Tapia nonetheless placed multiple singles on the regional Mexican airplay charts, and at one point had two singles among the top 25. He is a finalist for Regional Mexican songs artist of the year, solo.
Shaggy was one of the featured acts on Farruko's smash hit, "Sunset." Thanks to his collaboration in the catchy, breezy reggaeton/reggae track, he is a finalist for Hot Latin Song of the year, vocal event.
The Weekend's appeal transcended radio formats, He's up for Crossover artist of the year.
Tony Dize's third installment of La Melodia de la Calle, La Melodia de la Calle 3rd Season, was again a home run. He's up for Latin Rhythm album of the year, competing with Don Omar, Pitbull and Yandel.
Of course the king of ranchera would be a finalist for Regional Mexican albums artist of the year. His new albums plus greatest hits put him in the running.
Wisin & Yandel
The original reggaeton duo may have split up but they're not out of sight or mind. A best of set places them as finalists in the Latin rhythm albums artist of the year, duo or group category.
Ricky Martin's "La mordidita" was a quintessential danceable Ricky Martin. It featured co-writer Yotuel who garners a nod for Latin pop song of the year.