The competition is fierce at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards with reggaeton artist Don Omar leading the list of finalists with 18 nominations, including the highly coveted “Artist of the Year” in the awards ceremony naming the most popular Latin musicians of the year.
The Puerto Rican musician also received nominations for “Social Artist of the Year” and “Streaming Artist of the Year” for the awards ceremony broadcast live by Telemundo on April 25 from the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.
Right behind Don Omar’s lengthy list of nominations is Romeo Santos, whose bachata rhythms on album “Formula Vol. 1” have earned him 12 nominations. Reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel and Jenni Rivera are tied for eleven nominations.
Rivera, whose records have lead Latin album sales after her death in a Dec. 9 plane crash, racked up nominations for “Album of the Year” and ‘Latin Pop Album of the Year.” The Mexican pop icon is even competing against herself in “Regional Mexican Album of the Year” with two albums – “La Misma Gran Señora” and “Joyas Prestadas: Banda” up for consideration.
Fan favorite Pitbull has been nominated for nine solo awards, while his collaboration with Juan Magán on “Bailando Por El Mundo” featuring El Cata is in the running for “Song of the Year.”
Mexican band 3BallMTY – who won big at the 13th annual Latin Grammy Awards in November – are up for “Artist of the Year” and their chart-topping debut album “Intentalo” has been named a finalist in the “Regional Mexican Album of the Year” award.