Billboard Latin Music Awards 2019: Meet New Artist of the Year Finalists
The 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalists were announced on Tuesday morning (February 12) with Ozuna leading the pack in 23 categories. He’s followed by J Balvin and Nicky Jam (both with 13), and Bad Bunny (12).
The Puerto Rican trap artists earned his first No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart with his debut album Real Hasta La Muerte (chart dated July 28, 2018). The album opened with 11,000 equivalent album units. It scored the fifth-largest sales week for a Latin album in 2018.
The Colombian urban star debuted at No. 2 on the Top Latin Albums chart with her debut album Unstoppable (chart dated Nov. 18, 2017). The set became the highest charting debut set by a woman in more than two years since Chiquis Rivera (daughter of the late Jenni Rivera) opened at No. 1 on the list dated June 20, 2015 with Ahora.
The Dominican singer finished at No. 2 on the Year-end 2018 Top Latin Artist - Female chart. She also holds 10 charted titles on Latin Airplay, 3 of which hit No. 1: Don Omar’s “Dutty Love” featuring Natti peaked at No. 1 on chart dated April 7, 2012, Becky G and Natti’s “Sin Pijama” peaked at No. 1 on chart dated August 11, 2018, and “Justicia” by Silvestre Dangond & Natti Natasha, peaked at No. 1 on chart dated Nov. 3, 2018.
His electro-cumbia hit “Oye Mujer” topped the Regional Mexican Songs airplay chart for five consecutive weeks. The track also climbed to No. 7 on the overall Hot Latin Songs chart, helping earn the Mexican the No. 1 spot on the 2018 Year-end Top New Latin Artists list.
The 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET on April 25 on Telemundo.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards are the culmination of Billboard’s Latin Music Week, which will take place on April 22-25 at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now in its 29th year, Latin Music Week & Conference is the biggest and longest-running event dedicated to Latin Music in the world. The most respected conference in Latin music will bring the top artists, executives and power players in the industry together for a week of concerts, showcases, interviews, keynotes, and industry panels. For information visit BillboardLatinMusicWeek.com.
Additional reporting by Latin Charts Manager, Pamela Bustios