The Billboard Latin Awards may have been last week but the upcoming 2013 Billboard Music Awards will be featuring an all-star list of performers including Christina Aguilera, Pitbull and Miguel, giving the annual awards show a decidedly Latin feel.
Bruno Mars and teen star Selena Gomez are also confirmed to take the stage at the Billboard Music Awards, joining fellow performers Taylor Swift, Prince and Justin Bieber.
Latinos are also well represented as nominees during the music awards event. Mars is a finalist for Top Male Artist, in a category that includes rappers Drake and Flo Rida, as well as country crooner Jason Aldean and Justin Bieber. Mars is also up for Top Pop Artist and Top Pop Song (for “Locked Out of Heaven”), while Latino fan fave Pitbull is a finalist for Top Rap Artist against the likes of Nicki Minaj and Korean sensation PSY.
“Adorn” by Miguel – who made a splash earlier this year as the first R&B artist of 2013 to perform on Saturday Night Live – is a contender for Top R&B Song against hits by Alicia Keys, Trey Songz, Rihanna and Frank Ocean.
There’s also an entire category for Top Latin Artist; with finalists Don Omar, Prince Royce, Romeo Santos, Shakira and Jenni Rivera, the competition is the definition of fierce. Rivera is also a finalist for Top Latin Album, with three of her records – “Joyas Prestadas: Banda,” “Joyas Prestadas: Pop” and “La Misma Gran Senora” – in the running against Prince Royce’s “Phase II” and “Formula, Vol. 1” by Romeo Santos.
A host of some of Latin music’s hottest men – think Juan Magan Michel Teló and Wisin Y Yandel – are competing against each other for Top Latin Song. Don Omar is also a contender in that category, with two of his recent tunes – “Hasta Que Salga El Sol” and “Dutty Love” – named as finalists.
Hosted by comedian Tracy Morgan, the 2013 Billboard Music Awards will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.