Bachata artist Romeo Santos has proved to be the people’s choice, earning the title “Tr3s Best Latino Artist of 2012” in honor of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. (Photo/Courtesy MTV Tr3s )

Romeo Santos wins “Tr3s Best Latino Artist of 2012” at the MTV Video Music Awards

Romeo Santos is known as the “King of Bachata” and fans have crowned him as their favorite Latino artist of the year at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

The 31-year-old New York native beat out Jennifer Lopez, Juanes, Pitbull and Wisin y Yandel for the title “Tr3s Best Latino Artist.”

Santos – who has long dominated the Latin billboard charts since emerging as a vocalist with the group “Aventura” – has recently embraced new success as a solo crossover artist thanks to his 2011 collaboration with Usher on the hit single “Promise.”

“It felt great just being nominated alongside these huge Latin crossover artists and winning leaves me speechless,” said Santos, who will officially accept his award during a Spanish-subtitled broadcast of the awards on Tr3s on Sept. 15 at 9pm EST. “I owe it to all the fans for voting – Thank you, what a blessing!!”

J.Lo, Pitbull Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez are still in the running to win a Moonman at the 2012 VMA’s and fans can check out the award ceremony live on Sept. 6 at 8pm EST on MTV.

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