Billboard Latin Music Awards: Get to Know Artist of the Year Finalists
The Billboard Latin Music Awards 2019 finalists have been revealed and fans are eager to know who the winners will be, especially in the artist of the year category, where Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee, Ozuna and J Balvin are up for the coveted award.
This year, the Billboard Latin Music Awards will return to Las Vegas to celebrate its 29th edition, which will be broadcast live on Apr. 25. The only awards show to honor the most popular albums, songs and performers in Latin music, the awards are determined by the actual sales, streaming, radio airplay and social data that informs Billboard's weekly charts during a one-year period from the rankings dated February 3, 2018, through this year's January 26 charts.
Now, let’s see more about the Artist of the Year finalists:
At the end of 2018, Bad Bunny released his first album X100PRE. On the Hot 100 list, he reached No. 1 next to Cardi B and J Balvin with the song "I Like It" on the chart dated Jul. 7, 2018. Bad Bunny also surprised everyone when he released "Mia" with Drake, who sang totally in Spanish. The Puerto Rican singer is also a 12-time finalist at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Daddy Yankee definitely showed that he knows how to innovate his sound. His song "Dura" dominated 2018 and peaked No. 2 on Hot Latin Songs (chart dated Mar. 10, 2018). Also, we can’t forget the powerful collaboration with Janet Jackson, "Made For Now."
This year, Ozuna dominates the Billboard Latin Music Awards as a 23-time finalist. The Puerto Rican urban singer released his second studio album, Aura, in 2018 and replaced his debut album Odisea from the No. 1 on Top Latin Album on the chart dated Sept. 8, 2018. We never expected Ozuna collaborating with DJ Snake, Selena Gomez and Cardi B, but “Taki, Taki” became a hit, peaking at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs on the Oct. 13, 2018 dated-chart.
The Colombian singer also tops the finalist list for Billboard Latin Music Awards with 13 nods. With Bad Bunny and Cardi B, Balvin scored his first No. 1 on the Hot 100 with “I Like It.” J Balvin surprised us by collaborating with David Guetta and Bebe Rexha for the single “Say My Name.”
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.