Christian Nodal Wins Two Awards at the Premios de la Radio

Christian Nodal is the reyof radio…

This year’s Premios de la Radio have been doled out, recognizing the best of Regional Mexican music, with the 20-year-old Mexican singer and songwriter taking home two awards.

Christian Nodal

Nodal nabbed Male Artist of the Year and Mariachi Song of the Year for his single “De Los Besos Que Te Di.” 

Banda MStook home the night’s biggest prize… Artist of the Year. The Mexican band was also named Banda of the Year

Other winners included Calibre 50El Fantasma, rising urban corrido artist Natanael Cano and Ana Barbara, who won Female Artist of the Year, a category that returned after three years. 

Gloria Trevi was the night’s opening act, performing a cumbia version of her single “Abranse Perras,” produced exclusively for the event by producer Toy Selectah of Control Machete. Trevi was also recognized with a special award for Highest Rated Female Mexican Star in the World.

Various tributes to place Thursday night, including a heartfelt homage by Banda MS to the late Mexican singer José José.Grupo BroncoLos Huracanes del Norteand Pancho Barrazaalso received tributes. 

Following performances by La AdictivaLos Angeles AzulesLegado 7, and others, the awards show came to an end with a special cumbia tribute to the late Selena Quintanilla with a medley performanceby Belinda(“Baila Esta Cumbia”), Chiquis(“Techno Cumbia”), Edith Marquez(“No Debes Jugar”) and Ana Barbara(“Fotos y Recuerdos”). 

Here’s the complete winner’s list:

Artist of the Year: Banda MS
Female Artist of the Year:Ana Bárbara
Male Artist of the Year: Christian Nodal
Banda of the Year: Banda MS
Banda Song of the Year: “A través del vaso” Banda los Sebastianes
Mariachi Song of the Year: “De los besos que te di” Christian Nodal
Norteño Song of the Year: “Simplemente Gracias” Calibre 50
Sierreña Song of the Year: “Lluvia en tus pestañas” Virlán García
Collaboration of the Year: “Amor a Primera Vista” Los Ángeles Azules, Belinda, Horacio Palencia y Lalo Ebratt
Corrido of the Year: “Aerolíneas Carrillo” Gerardo Ortiz y T3r Elemento
Urban Corrido of the Year: “El de la Codeína” Natanael Cano
From social media to the radio: Herencia de Patrones
Norteño Group of the Year: Grupo Firme
Sierreño Group or Artist of the Year: Fuerza Régida
Orgullo Latino Award: El Fantasma
Revelation of the Year:  Carín León

Favela to Serve as a Judge on Estrella TV’s “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento”

Joss Favela is ready to pass judgment…

The 26-year-old Rising regional Mexican artist has joined Estrella TV‘s Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento as judge, according to Billboard.

Joss Favela

The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter will be one of the judges on the show’s 16th season. Past celebrity judges on the multi-talent show include Gerardo Ortiz, Ana Bárbara and Luis Coronel.

“Joss Favela represents the new generation of Regional Mexican music. He is part of the millennial community that is reinventing and keeping traditional Mexican music alive, relevant and fresh,” CEO Lenard Liberman said in a statement.

“In many ways, Favela is a reflection of what Estrella TV is doing in Spanish language television in the U.S.  We are proud to have him join our judges panel and welcome him to our Estrella TV family.”

Contestants compete on the show in a broad range of skills for a chance at the ultimate prize: $100,000 and a management contract.

Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento will premiere on Estrella TV on March 27 at 8:00 pm EST.

Favela scored his first Grammy nomination with his debut album Hecho A Mano. “It’s a beautiful satisfaction to know that what we do has a positive impact in the music industry … It’s a dream come true,” said Favela in a previous Billboard interview.

Sebastian’s Music to be Celebrated at Star-Studded Musical Tribute

Joan Sebastian is getting a star-studded musical tribute…

The late Mexican singer, one of most beloved entertainment figures in his homeland, will be remembered by his peers in an all-star musical tribute Wednesday at the Mundo Imperial Forum in Acapulco.

Joan Sebastian

The three-hour concert, titled “¡Viva por siempre Joan Sebastian!,” will feature superstar names in Mexican music and television, including Marco Antonio SolísLarry HernandezLucía Mendez, Aracely Arámbula, Maribel GuardiaYuriAna BárbaraBanda El Limón and more. The late superstar’s two sons, José Manuel and Julián Figueroa, will also be part of the tribute.

Veteran Mexican actor Alfredo Adame will serve as the host for the evening. He’ll be joined by other telenovela actors who will pay their respects to Sebastian, who himself participated in dozens of Spanish soaps, both as an actor and songwriter.

“There will be more than 30 stars who will be with us,” the event’s executive producer, Alex Ruiz, told El Universal. “And others whom we have yet to confirm so that it will be a dignified tribute, fit for Joan Sebastian.”

Other A-listers who could join the tribute to “El Rey del Jaripeo” include Vicente FernandezEnrique Iglesias and Thalía, all of whom have reportedly been invited.

The tribute will be televised August 29 on Bandamax. All proceeds will benefit the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos organization, which helps children with cancer, in Sebastian’s home state of Guerrero.

The Mexican icon’s death on July 13 after a long battle with cancer sparked a record surge on the Billboard charts. His new posthumous single “Volví Pa’l Pueblo” celebrates life at home in his native Juliantla. Sony Music Latin has said it will release a full album in the near future.

3Ball MTY to Perform at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards

It looks like the members of 3Ball MTY will be having the night of their lives at this year’s Billboard Mexican Music Awards.

The three young Mexican deejays – Erick Rincon, Sergio Zavala (Dj Sheeqo Beat) and Alberto Presenda (Dj Otto) – not only lead the finalists for this year’s awards with 12 nods, but they’ve just been confirmed as performers for the big show.

3Ball MTY

Regional Mexican stars Pepe Aguilar, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Ana Barbara, Julion Alvarez y su Norteño Banda and America Sierra, best known as the featured vocalist on 3BallMTY’s single “Inténtalo“, will also perform at the awards show, which will be broadcast live from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on Telemundo on October 18.

The Billboard Mexican Music Awards are the only nationally televised awards that exclusively honor regional Mexican music. Finalists and winners of the 33 awards are determined by chart performance as chronicled in Billboard magazine and on Billboard.com during the eligibility period of August 27, 2011 through August 18, 2012. Award categories are based on album and digital track sales data provided by Nielsen SoundScan and radio airplay monitored by Nielsen BDS.

VIDEO OFICIAL 3Ball MTY – Inténtalo ( Me Prende ) from Mike Rosas on Vimeo.

3BallMTY, who had their national television debut at last year’s Mexican Music Awards, broke ground with “Inténtalo,” a finalist in the Song of the Year, Song of the Year-Vocal Event and Duranguense/Grupero/Cumbia Song of the Year categories.

Sales of the subsequent album of the same name, out on Fonovisa, helped make the group a finalist for Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year-New, Artist of the Year-Duo or Group, Albums Artist of the Year, Songs Artist of the Year, Digital Download Artist of the Year, and Duranguense/Grupero/Cumbia Artist of the Year. Sierra is up for five awards.