Romeo Santos’ voice is hypnotizing. His bachata is like delicious, warm butter to our ears. We’ve melted to his music and his sexiness. This has been happening since 1995, since his band Los Tinellers released their self-produced album Trampa de Amor. Finally, the rest of the world is catching up.
Noisey’s latest feature on Santos talks about how people like Nicky Minaj, Usher, Lil’ Wayne, and Drake are taking notice…how they’ve all done collaborations with him in Spanish. Duh! He’s sold out venues all over the world, including two nights at the Yankee Stadium — neither Metallica nor Pink Floyd can say the same thing.
Although we’ve taken note of this rising star for the better part of two decades, we’re happy he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves stateside.
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
Odali Ferreras is just 10-years-old but might be closer than ever to achieving his ultimate dream: playing a song with Dominican bachatero Romeo Santos. Well before Odali was featured in a video segment on Al Rojo Vivo earlier this week, Romeo Ferreras had posted a video to Instagram of the bachaterito strumming up a tune. On two separate occasions, Santos has posted videos of Odali singing, captioning one, “Dios Lo Bendiga” or “God Bless You.” The fact that little Odali is on Santos’ radar, along with his 17.1 million followers, is a feat in itself. That said, once we heard him perform, we knew the recognition was nothing but deserved.
Santos’ fans are calling on the singer to make this little boy’s dreams come true. We’re with them.
Odali is so skilled that he can play the guitar with it behind his back.
“Right now, my biggest dream is to play a song with Romeo Santos,” Odali told Al Rojo Vivo. In Odali’s short little life, he’s mastered the guitar. He started playing when he was just 6 years old, which sounds young until you remember that he’s been playing music for just four years. At first, he played the piano, but when his piano broke, his father made a fateful decision. “I gave him my guitar and taught him the basics,” his father told the outlet.
Ever since, Odali has been devoted to Romeo Santos’ música. “It’s that Romeo is a complete artist, who sings with a lot of feeling. And I like his style,” Odali told Listín Diario. While Romeo Santos is his favorite artist, he’s also a fan of Anthony Santos, Frank Reyes, and El Chaval, according to the outlet. Odali has long felt emotionally boosted by Santos. Santos commented on a video of Odali singing “Yo Me Quedo,” wishing God’s blessings on the young boy during a time when his mother was very sick.
Odali’s mother died just four months ago, prompting him to sing his own version of Santos’ “Mi Madre Querida.”
His mother tragically died of a severe case of pneumonia. As he started singing the words, “mi madre querida,” he got choked up but kept strumming. Eventually, he belted out the next verse. Odali told the Al Rojo Vivo reporter that he hopes his love for music will one day help financially support his widowed father and little sister, Odaliza. By continuing to sing, Odali would be living out his mother’s wishes, as she was a huge supporter of Odali. She was still trying to teach him to dance merengue when she died. Odali’s father says that music has been a great source of comfort for his son. “We are going to church, where he sings, and the company of his guitar has given him strength to continue,” his father told Listín Diario.
Little Odali has his own Instagram account, managed by his father, and when he noticed that Romeo Santos shared a video of Odali to the gram about four months ago, he responded. “Good afternoon Mr. Romeo Santos,” Odali (or his father) commented. “I would like to meet you one day when you come to the DR and play a song with you if God allows.”
Fans are calling on Romeo Santos to give Odali a little Christmas miracle at the end of a heartbreaking year.
“My tears came out, *wao*, keep it up!” commented Cristian Fernandez. “We can make your dream happen and also study, future star!” “Help him Romeo,” one Instagram user comments on Santos’ post. “Lost his mother and wants to help his father and little sister…I was very sad that his mother died.” Folks are tagging Romeo Santos all over the place, asking “Babe, please give the kid a chance, you’re his idol and all he wants is to sing a song with you!” Odali’s father took him to see Romeo Santos just last week in La Vega, and was hoping to “even say hello,” according to Listín Diario.
“I would like to study music,” little Odali told Listín Diario, “but we have no money and here in Constance there is nowhere to study it, but I would love to be able to become a great artist like Romeo, with that style he has. I love his new songs.” Keep going for it, Odali. You’re all our teacher.