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.
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.
In other amazing news, Shakira — who was suffering with strained cords — has fully recovered and is going on tour in support of her nominated album El Dorado.
Luis Fonsi is nominated for Artist of the Year, of course.
You can’t have the most streamed song of all time and not be nominated for Artist of the Year along with nine other awards.
El Buki —Marco Antonio Solis — is nominated for Tour of the Year.
After all these years, El Buki is still bringing it. Other nominees include Marc Anthony, Ricardo Arjona, Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull.
Jennifer Lopez is nominated for Social Artist of the Year and Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female.
Others in her category include Becky G, Natti Natasha, and Shakira, J Balvin, and Maluma.
Justin Bieber has eight nominations.
Justin already has a Latin Grammy in his collection so this would just add to his Latin awards.
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The 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards will air April 26 on Telemundo.