The nominations for the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards are out and a lot of your favorites made the cut. J Balvin, Shakira, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Maluma and Ozuna lead the pact with the most nominations. There are a couple non-Latino artists on the list but they were a vital reason so many songs went mainstream. In the category for Crossover Artist of the Year, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Little Mix, and Justin Bieber, were all nominated. Bieber leads that pack with eight nominations. All of his awards come from his work on the smash hit “Despacito.”
Let’s take a look at some of the nominees.
“Despacito” is up for six nominations.
The remix version is nominated for Hot Latin Song of the Year; Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event; Airplay Song of the Year; Digital Song of the Year; Streaming Song of the Year; and Latin Pop Song of the Year.
Billboard reports that every writer of “Despacito” is also nominated including Daddy Yankee, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi, Justin Bieber, Marty James Garton and Poo Bear.
J Balvin’s “Mi Gente” featuring Beyoncé earned five nominations.
The track is nominated for Hot Latin Song of the Year; Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event; Digital Song of the Year; Streaming Song of the Year; and Latin Rhythm Song of the Year.
Shakira is nominated for 12 Billboard Latin Music awards tying her with the J Balvin for the most awards this year.
The nominees for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards are out and some of your faves are claiming several spots on the list. Bad Bunny and Ozuna are leading the pack with 14 nominations each. The two reggaetoneros claimed nominations for the coveted Artists of the Year award. All four nominees for Artist of the Year are male. Here the artists nominated for this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards.
First, let’s breakdown the nominees for Artist of the Year.
Bad Bunny had an exceptional 2019. The Puerto Rican artist teamed up with Colombian superstar J Balvin on the collaborative album “Oasis.” The album brought us hits like “Que Pretendes” and “La Canción.” The reggae star also become politically active this year joining other Puerto Rican celebrities to travel to the Caribbean island to participate in protests against former Governor Ricardo Rosselló and Rosselló’s proposed anti-LGBTQ legislation.
The Colombian music star has been everywhere this year. Balvin not only partnered with Bad Bunny for collaborative album “Oasis,” he released a slew of new songs in 2019. The singer teamed up with Maluma to create “Qué Pena” and we spent most of last year jamming out to that single. Balvin is in tied in second place with Daddy Yankee with 12 nominations.
Despite a longterm scandal involving extortion and a sex tape, Ozuna kept things going and delivered high power music last year. The Puerto Rican singer joined Karol G, Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, and J Balvin on “China,” which has garnered more than 1 billion views on YouTube.
Romeo Santos spent 2019 collabing with so many different artists. His year of collaborations includes “Me Quedo” with Zacarias Ferreira and “ileso” with Teodoro Reyes. Santos has been nominated for five other awards including Canción del Año, Streaming for “Ella Quiere Beber” with Anuel AA, Top Latin Album, Artista del Año, Masculino, Categoria Tropical, Canción Tropical del Año for “Aullando” with Wisin and Yandel, and Álbum Tropical del Año for “Utopia.”
Here is a full list of nominees in the top categories for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Artista del Año / Artist of the Year:
Bad Bunny J Balvin Ozuna Romeo Santos
Artista del Año, Debut / Artist of the Year, New:
Jhay Cortez Manuel Turizo Paulo Londra Sech
Gira del Año / Tour of the Year:
Bad Bunny Chayanne Jennifer Lopez Marc Anthony
Artista del Año, Redes Sociales / Social Artist of the Year
Anuel AA Becky G Daddy Yankee Lali
Artista Crossover del Año / Crossover Artist of the Year
As the youngest in five, I rarely had the chance to travel alone.
How could I? With a paranoid mom and a closed-off dad, it was hard to ask for permission to venture out on my own. Sure, I had traveled a lot including abroad but I was either always with a family member or close friends. One year, my friend Sandra and I ventured throughout Mexico — a country I had never discovered on my own. When I was younger, I mostly stayed in the state of Nayarit because that’s where my family is from. So I never had a reason, or the courage, to learn more about the surrounding states in Mexico.
That was until my friend Sandra introduced me to a magical city, right in the center of the country.
She had studied in Queretaro, Mexico, as part of her study-abroad program in college. I felt a little ashamed that someone like me — a proud Mexican Latina — had never been there, let alone any other state outside of Nayarit.
She took me there years later when I was 25 and fell in love with this incredible historic city — and sequentially someone else too.
One night — at a club — I saw a man, unlike anyone I had ever seen before.
Think of a Mexican version of John F. Kennedy Jr. He was dapper, preppy, and totally hot.
Completely out of my league too — or so I thought.
I didn’t think I’d ever see him again, but the following night we returned to that same club and there he was, but this time at the table next to ours.
I coyly started dancing with him because why not? We ended up dancing the entire night together and I felt like I was literally floating.
Being there, in Queretaro, among local Mexicanos, listening to their music — unfiltered and unAmericanized, I had never felt that alive in my life.
I should rephrase that. I discovered Spanish-speaking Shakira years after she had released her 1998 album “Dónde Están los Ladrones?”
The album catapulted her into a Latin superstar and I was in awe of her rocker chick vibe.
While I loved my individuality as an alternative Chicana, I sure didn’t embody the independent woman I longed to be.
Even though I expressed a love for Spanish rock music, I was in a lot of ways very shy.
But Shakira’s album made me feel different.
The song that truly moved me on that album is called “Si te vas.”
At first listen the song comes off as a ballad but it’s much more of a painful rock song that happens to be about a loss of love — as most songs are.
However, in this track, Shakira’s angst is infused throughout it just by the way she vocalizes certain aspects of the words.
But this is my favorite part:
“Si te vas si te vas si te marchas
Mi cielo se hará gris
Si te vas si te vas ya no tienes
Que venir por mi
Si te vas si te vas y me cambias
Por esa bruja pedazo de cuero
No vuelvas nunca mas, ya no estaré aquí.”
But back to my imaginary love story. His name was Antonio.
And he was an architect that lived in Queretaro. I was infatuated, to say the least. After our night of dancing, we went on a couple of dates, and one, in particular, that is too steamy to get into.
Soon after I returned to California soon after still on cloud nine.
But that’s all it took.
I really thought I was in love with this Mexican heartthrob.
When I returned to my real life, Antonio and I kept in touch.
We emailed, talked on the phone, and in my head, I was already scheming about how to go back to see him.
I didn’t know how I would go back to Queretaro, but I knew that I had to. What I felt for Antonio was undeniable and I wasn’t going to let anything get in my way.
I didn’t tell anyone about my plan.
I would just sit in my room — yes, I was a 26-year-old that still lived at home — and listened to Shakira’s album and think about Antonio.
One day it hit me. I would save money, enough for three months’ worth of rent, and move to Queretaro.
I talked to my parents about it and simply said: “I need to get away and just write.”
My parents didn’t fight with me over the plan.
I secretly think they just wanted me out of the house. And so I saved, and saved, and saved, every penny I could get my hands on. When I finally had enough, I bought a one-way ticket to Mexico City. I don’t even remember being scared.
I just remember having a direct plan and listening to my Shakira playlist.
It didn’t feel like I was alone either. When you’re traveling alone and listening to music, it’s like your famous friends are there right there with you.
I stayed at the most picturesque house in Queretaro and didn’t even tell Antonio that I was coming to town.
Yes, that was probably a mistake, but I didn’t care to hear anything negative. I guess underneath I knew what I was doing was kind of nuts, but love makes you do crazy things. When I did tell Antonio that I was in town, he said what I was dreading:
“You didn’t come here for me, did you?” he said.
“No! Of course, not. I came to write,” I said quickly.
“Oh, that’s good, because I have a girlfriend,” he said.
I think at that moment my body went numb because I don’t remember feeling sad or angry, just kind of in shock.
“How long have you been with her?” I said. I should note that it had only been a few months since I had last seen him.
“Always,” he said. “I’ve always been with her.”
The next couple of hours were a daze, but I cried myself to sleep that night. Here I was in Queretaro, all alone, and three more months to go. The next morning, I got up early, turned on my Shakira playlist and went for a run.
Even though I was sad about the fact that Antonio had a girlfriend the entire time we were together, I realized how special it was that I was in this amazing city.
For the next three months, I did write.
I wrote a lot in fact, and I also met someone else.
That relationship didn’t go beyond my time in Queretaro, but I loved knowing that heartbreak would not be the end of me.
The joy of being alone in Queretaro and doing exactly what I had envisioned all on my own was all I needed.
Even now when I listen to “Si te vas” I never feel sad about Antonio, just pure happiness that I did something pretty extraordinary and have memories that will last me a lifetime.
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