Alejandro Fernandez Announces 19-Date U.S. Leg of “Hecho en México” Tour

Alejandro Fernandez is rarin’ to get back on the road…

After a more than 12-month hiatus that saw him interrupt his tour mid-start, the 49-year-old Mexican superstar has announced a 19-date U.S. tour.

Alejandro Fernandez

It’ll see him performing with 25 people onstage, including his full band, his Mexican mariachi, special guests Christian Nodal and his son, Alex Fernández, as well as a handful of guests in different cities.

The “Hecho en México” tour, so named after Fernández’s Grammy-nominated album (out on Universal Music Latin), kicks off on September 10 in Reno, and ends October 24 in Phoenix.

The tour is presented by Live Nation, and tickets go on sale on April 16 at 10:00 am on Ticketmaster.

The tour will play to full capacity venues, says Luana Pagani, a partner in Seitrack, Fernandez’s management team. For these venues, it translates to 5,800 people at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden to nearly 15,000 at The Forum in Los Angeles.

“Nothing is ‘normal’ yet in terms of venues, but we understand all venues will follow their protocols, and we will as well,” says Pagani.

All visa and work requirements for Fernández and his musicians have already been cleared, and Fernandez will also perform at the Latin American Music Awards April 15.

For Fernandez, the import of his tour announcement is not lost, especially as one of Latin music’s biggest stars, as the scion of one of Mexico’s most prominent musical families (his father is Vicente Fernández), and as the spokesperson of Families Belong Together. The campaign of the National Domestic Workers Alliance works to end family separation, and will receive a portion of the tours’ proceeds.

“We lost a lot of people in this pandemic — fiends, family,” Fernández tells Billboard. “So the most important thing is we’re coming back properly, doing things right and with a very important message after all that’s happened, which is thanking God that we’re alive.”

Fernández, a prolific touring act, is known — like his father — for his bravura performances that are long on time and high on quality.

For “Hecho en México,” he is upping the ante by touring for the first time ever with his son, Alex Fernández, who is 25 and signed to Sony. The prospect recalls Fernández’s own stage debut alongside his father, when he was only six years old.

However, says Fernández, “I only started to tour when I was 18, so we’re not that far apart. Alex is a good kid. He’s dedicated and professional. He’s seen how my father works, and he’s seen how I work, and he’s responsible. He’s hungry to do things right.”

Fernández will also invite rising ranchero/norteño star Christian Nodal as a special guest on at least three tour stops. The two became close after recording the hit “Duele” together. It was the kind of cross-generational collaboration Fernández had not done before in Mexican music.

Fernández, that rare artist who’s able to navigate easily between traditional pop and traditional regional Mexican music, had most often collaborated with pop acts, and in his concerts he tends to mix styles and outfits to represent his two styles of music.

Partnering with Nodal, and also with Edén Muñoz of Calibre 50, who will be a guest in at least one show, highlights a new generation of Mexican music starts that are propelling the music forward.

“There’s a resurging interest for Mexican music,” agrees Fernández. “In fact, I’ll be singing some of my pop material, but in more Mexican arrangements.”

Fernández will also perform the entire tour dressed in the traditional formal charro garb that includes the broad-rimmed hat, tight decorated pants and a short fitted jacket.

That’s good news for Mexican fans, who are expected to fly in from Mexico to see Fernández’s shows, particularly on the West Coast. The month of September, which has traditionally drawn Mexican tourists to Las Vegas for the many Latin music performances that take place there as part of Mexican Independence, is expected to see a surge in travel, as concerts have not restarted in Mexico.

“Last year I had played Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City and a couple of dates in Guadalajara and then we had to put everything on hold,” says Fernández. “This will be an epic return.”

Here are the dates and venues for the “Hecho En Mexico” tour:

*with Alex Fernandez
+with Christian Nodal

Fri, Sept. 10 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Theatre^
Sat, Sept. 11 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center*
Sun, Sept. 12 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center*
Wed, Sept. 15 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena*
Fri, Sept. 17 – Albuquerque, NM – Rio Rancho Events Center*
Sat, Sept. 18 – El Paso, TX – UTEP Don Haskins Center*
Fri, Sept. 24 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land*
Sun, Sept. 26 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena*
Thurs, Sept. 30 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
Fri, Oct. 1 – New York, NY – Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Sun, Oct. 3 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
Tues, Oct. 5 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
Fri, Oct. 8 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
Sat, Oct. 9 – Hidalgo, TX – Payne Arena*
Sun, Oct. 10 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center*
Fri, Oct. 15 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose+
Sat, Oct. 16 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena+
Fri, Oct. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum+
Sun, Oct. 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre*

Karol G Ties J Balvin for Most Latin American Music Awards Nominations with Nine

Karol G is on Cloud Nine

The 30-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer/songwriter leads the pack of 2021 Latin American Music Awards alongside J Balvin, with nine nods each.

Karol G

Karol G and J Balvin are both up for artist of the year, sharing the category with Anuel AA, Bad Bunny, Christian Nodal, Eslabon Armado, Maluma, Ozuna and Sech.

Bad Bunny follows with eight nominations — including artist, song, album and social collaboration of the year — while Ozuna is recognized with seven nominations, including artist and collaboration of the year, favorite video and virtual concert.

In a sign of the times, the Latin AMAs have added the brand new category favorite virtual concert of the year, as most concerts have gone virtual due to the ongoing global pandemic. As with all Latin AMAs categories, winners will be determined by fan voting.

Nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including streaming, sales, airplay and social activity tracked by Billboard through its data partners MRC Data and Next Big Sound for data covering the periods of January 17, 2020, through January 21, 2021.

The 2021 Latin AMAs will take place on April 15 live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Latin AMAs return after the show went on hiatus in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The sixth annual ceremony will be broadcast on Telemundo starting at 7:00 pm ET with the red-carpet pre-show followed at 8:00 pm ET by the awards show.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Artist of the Year
• Anuel AA
• Bad Bunny
• Christian Nodal
• Daddy Yankee
• Eslabon Armado
• J Balvin
• Karol G
• Maluma
• Ozuna
• Sech

New Artist of the Year
• Camilo
• Eslabon Armado
• Los Dos Carnales
• Myke Towers
• Natanael Cano
• Rauw Alejandro

Song of the Year
• Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”
• Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin – “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
• Karol G, Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”
• Maluma & The Weeknd – “Hawái”

Album of the Year
• Anuel AA – Emmanuel
• Bad Bunny – YHLQMDLG
• J Balvin – Colores
• Natanael Cano – Corridos Tumbados

Favorite Artist – Female
• Anitta
• Becky G
• Karol G
• Natti Natasha
• Shakira

Favorite Artist – Male
• Anuel AA
• Bad Bunny
• Christian Nodal
• J Balvin
• Maluma
• Ozuna

Favorite Duo or Group
• Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
• Eslabon Armado
• Jowell & Randy
• Reik

Favorite Artist – Pop
• Camilo
• Enrique Iglesias
• Luis Fonsi
• Ricky Martin
• Shakira

Favorite Album – Pop
• Camilo – Por Primera Vez
• Kali Uchis – Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios)
• Pedro Capó – Munay
• Reik – Ahora

Favorite Song – Pop
• Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna + J.Rey Soul – “Mamacita”
• Camilo – “Favorito”
• Reik, Farruko, Camilo – “Si Me Dices Que Sí”
• Ricky Martin – “Tiburones”
• Shakira & Anuel AA – “Me Gusta”

Favorite Solo Artist – Regional Mexican
• Carin Leon
• Christian Nodal
• El Fantasma
• Junior H
• Lenin Ramírez
• Natanael Cano

Regional Mexican, Favorite Duo or Group
• Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
• Eslabon Armado
• Los Ángeles Azules
• Los Dos Carnales

Favorite Album – Regional Mexican
• Christian Nodal – Ayayay!
• Eslabon Armado – Tu Veneno Mortal
• Junior H – Atrapado En Un Sueño
• Natanael Cano – Corridos Tumbados

Favorite Song – Regional Mexican
• Banda Los Sebastianes de Mazatlán, Sinaloa – “En Eso No Quedamos”
• Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga & Snoop Dogg – “Qué Maldición”
• Lenin Ramírez featuring Grupo Firme – “Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo”
• Los Dos Carnales – “El Envidioso”
• Natanael Cano – “Amor Tumbado”

Favorite Artist – Urban
• Anuel AA
• Bad Bunny
• J Balvin
• Karol G

Favorite Album – Urban
• Anuel AA – Emmanuel
• Bad Bunny – Las Que No Iban a Salir
• J Balvin – Colores

Favorite Song – Urban
• Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”
• Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin – “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
• Karol G & Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”
• Maluma & The Weeknd – “Hawái”
• Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers – “Caramelo”

Favorite Artist – Tropical
• Marc Anthony
• Prince Royce
• Romeo Santos
• Silvestre Dangond

Favorite Album – Tropical
• Carlos Vives – Cumbiana
• Gloria Estefan – Brazil305
• Prince Royce – Alter Ego

Favorite Song – Tropical
• Alex Bueno & Romeo Santos – “Nuestro Amor”
• Carlos Vives – “No Te Vayas”
• Kyen?Es? – “El Carnaval de Celia: A Tribute”
• Prince Royce – “Carita de Inocente”
• Víctor Manuelle & Wisin – “Boogaloo

Favorite Artist – Crossover
• Black Eyed Peas
• Dua Lipa
• Ne-Yo
• Snoop Dogg
• The Weeknd

Collaboration of the Year
• Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga & Snoop Dogg– “Qué Maldición”
• Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin – “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
• Karol G, Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”
• Lenin Ramírez featuring Grupo Firme – “Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo”
• Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers – “Caramelo”
• Reik, Farruko, Camilo – “Si Me Dices Que Sí”

Social Artist of the Year
• Anitta
• Bad Bunny
• Cardi B
• Daddy Yankee
• J Balvin
• Jennifer Lopez
• Karol G
• Lali
• Selena Gomez
• Shakira

Favorite Video
• Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga & Snoop Dogg– “Qué Maldición”
• Christian Nodal & Ángela Aguilar – “Dime Cómo Quieres”
• David Bisbal & Carrie Underwood – “Tears Of Gold”
• Ozuna, Doja Cat & Sia – “Del Mar”
• Rosalía & Travis Scott – “TKN”
• Selena Gomez – “De Una Vez”

Favorite Virtual Concert
• Alejandro Sanz y Juanes – “#LaGiraSeQuedaEnCasa”
• Carlos Vives – “#NoTeVayasDeTuCasa”
• Juan Luis Guerra – “Privé”
• Juanes & La Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá – “Concierto Sinfónico Virtual – #VolverteAVer”
• Marco Antonio Solís – “Serenata a las Madres MÁS En-Cantadoras”
• Ozuna – “#Latinosunidos”
• Pepe Aguilar, Ángela Aguilar, Leonardo Aguilar – “Mexicano Hasta Los Huesos”
• RBD – “Ser o Parecer 2020”
• Sebastián Yatra – “SOSFest”
• Yandel – “Goodbye 2020”

Bad Bunny: This Year’s Big Premio Lo Nuestro Winner

It’s a night to remember for Bad Bunny

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer proved to be the big winner at Thursday night’s Premio Lo Nuestro awards show.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny took home seven awards, including Premio Lo Nuestro Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for YHLQMDLG, bringing his career total to 13.

Camilo picked up five awards, including New Artist Male and Pop – Artist of the Year.

They’re the first Premio Lo Nuestro wins of the 26-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter’s career.

Grupo Firme took home five awards…

The Mexican group’s wins include Regional Mexican – Song of the Year and Regional Mexican – Collaboration of the Year for their hit single Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo (En Vivo)”featuring Lenin Ramírez, who won three awards.

Karol G was the night’s top female winner…

In addition to winning Urban – Female Artist of the Year, the 30-year-old Colombian singer won in the Song of the Year and Urban – Collaboration of the Year categories for her hit single “Tusa,”featuring Nicki Minaj.

Other multiple award winners include Romeo Santos (3), Christian Nodal (2), Farruko (2), Reik (2) and Maluma (2).

The annual awards show was broadcast live from Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena.

Here’s the full winners list:

Regional Mexican – Song of the Year
“Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo (En Vivo)” – Lenin Ramírez Ft. Grupo Firme

Pop- Song Of The Year
“ADMV” – Maluma

Premio Lo Nuestro Artist Of The Year
Bad Bunny

Album Of The Year
YHLQMDLG – Bad Bunny

Song Of The Year
TUSA – Karol G & Nicki Minaj

New Artist Female
Nicki Nicole

New Artist Male
Camilo

Remix Of The Year
La Jeepeta (Remix) – Nio Garcia, Anuel, Myke Towers, Brray & Juanka

“Crossover” Collaboration of the Year
Un Día (One Day) – J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny ft. Tainy

Video of the Year
Tkn – Rosalía & Travis Scott

Pop – Artist of the Year
Camilo

Pop – Collaboration of the Year
Si Me Dices Que Sí – Reik, Farruko & Camilo

Pop – Group or Duo of the Year
CNCO

Pop – Album of the Year
Por Primera Vez – Camilo

Pop/Ballad – Song of the Year
ADMV – Maluma

Urban – Female Artist of the Year
Karol G

Urban – Male Artist of the Year
Bad Bunny

Urban – Song of the Year
La Difícil – Bad Bunny

Urban – Collaboration of the Year
Tusa – Karol G & Nicki Minaj

Urban – Album of the Year
YHLQMDLG – Bad Bunny

Urban/Pop – Song of the Year
Si Me Dices Que Sí – Reik, Farruko & Camilo

Urban/Trap – Song of the Year
Vete – Bad Bunny

Tropical – Artist of the Year
Romeo Santos

Tropical – Song of the Year
La Mejor Versión De Mi – Natti Natasha & Romeo Santos

Tropical – Collaboration of the Year
Nuestro Amor – Alex Bueno & Romeo Santos

Regional Mexican – Artist of the Year
Christian Nodal

Regional Mexican – Collaboration of the Year
Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo (En Vivo) – Lenin Ramírez Ft. Grupo Firme

Regional Mexican – Group or Duo Of The Year
Grupo Firme

Regional Mexican – Sierreña Song of the Year
El Güero – Marca MP

Regional Mexican – Banda Song of the Year
Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo (En Vivo) – Lenin Ramírez Ft. Grupo Firme

Regional Mexican – Norteño Song of the Year
El Envidioso – Los Dos Carnales

Regional Mexican – Mariachi/Ranchera Song of the Year
Se Me Olvidó – Christian Nodal

Regional Mexican – Cumbia Song of the Year
Tú Y Yo – Raymix & Paulina Rubio

Regional Mexican – Album of the Year
En Vivo Desde Anaheim, Ca – Grupo Firme

Angela Aguilar Becomes Youngest Act on a Lead Role to Earn No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart with Christian Nodal Collab “Dime Como Quieres”

She’s only 17, but Angela Aguilar is already making her mark in the Latin music world…

The collaboration between Christian Nodal and the 17-year-old Mexican American singer, “Dime Como Quieres,” has risen 2-1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart dated January 30.

Angela Aguilar

In the process, Aguilar becomes the youngest female act on a lead role to achieve the feat. She concurrently picks up her first No. 1 on any Latin airplay chart while Nodal captures his 10th on Latin Airplay.

“The truth is that I received the news in the most quotidian way,” Aguilar tells Billboard. “I was having breakfast with my family, huevos en salsa, surrounded by many dogs. It was a very nice surprise, a great privilege, a great honor that I was not expecting to receive at such a young age.”

“Dime Como Quieres” jumps from the runner-up slot with 13% increase in audience impressions, to 8 million, earned in the week ending January 24, according to MRC Data. The song, which debuted in the top 20 in November and earned Aguilar her first entry, leads the list in its 10th frame. It’s Nodal’s fourth consecutive No. 1 and 10th overall.

“Chris and I had worked together on the Jaripeo Sin Fronteras tour, my father invited him to open the concert for us,” Aguilar remembers. “We have known each other for four or five years now so it was a genuine experience: a friend asking a friend to record a song. He sent my father a song telling him that something was missing from his album and that he believed that something was me. So, we got in touch, changed a few arrangements but always respecting his expectations. I think it changed how people of this generation see music.”

Notably, Aguilar is just the sixth female act on a lead role to rule Regional Mexican Airplay since the chart’s inception in 1994. She joins Selena, Pilar Montenegro, Alicia Villarreal, Jenni Rivera and Graciela Beltrán.

Aguilar, likewise, takes the baton as just the second female act on a lead role to pick-up her first No. 1 with first entry. Pilar Montenegro captured her first leader on a first try with “Quítame Ese Hombre” in March 2002.

At 17-years-old, she concurrently is the youngest female act in a lead role to reach No. 1 on Regional Mexican Airplay. The late Selena secured her first Regional Mexican No. 1 with the five-week leader “No Me Queda Más” in 1994, she was 23, three months prior to her death.

Here’s a look at the female leaderboard:

Artist, Title, Debut/Peak Date, Age
Selena, “No Me Queda Más,” Dec. 3, 1994, 23-years-old
Pilar Montenegro, “Quítame Ese Hombre,” March 23, 2002, 29-years-old
Alicia Villarreal, “Soy Tu Mujer,” August 14, 2004, 32-years-old
Jenni Rivera, “De Contrabando,” June 3, 2006, 37-years-old
Graciela Beltrán, “Es Cosa De El,” May 5, 2007, 32 -ears-old
Ángela Aguilar, “Dime Como Quieres,” with Christian Nodal, Jan. 30, 2021, 17-years-old

About the collaboration Aguilar adds: “Not being able to see each other or record together and brainstorm ideas about the video was a bit challenging. Due to the current situation, I was in Zacatecas and he was in Guadalajara. It was a bit difficult because, especially for a collaboration, one wants to have that energy, that vibe, and feel that the job is well done, and at a distance it was defiant.”

Reik & Christian Nodal Team Up for Heartfelt Ranchera Single “Poco

Reik is switching genres…

The Mexican pop rock band has joined voices with Christian Nodal, who recently earned his first Grammy nomination, for “Poco.”

Reik

The heartfelt ranchera single is about finally overcoming a breakup.

“From a kiss to kiss my broken heart has been able to heal/ I want to tell you that to forget you, very little is needed,” read part of the lyrics, composed by Andres Torres, Mauricio Rengifo and Camilo.

A melancholic music video, directed by Fernando Lugo in Guadalajara, shows the two musical acts in different settings in the Mexican city.

Reik’s lead singer Jesus Navarro says, “Poco” is a genuine collaboration that finds the middle point of both artists — both vocally and melodically.

Jhené Aiko Leads the Pack of Latinx Grammy Nominees with Three Nods

Jhené Aiko is one  of this year’s Grammy darlings…

The nominees have been revealed for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, with the 32-year-old part-Spanish & part-Dominican American R&B singer & songwriter earning three nods, the most of any Latinx artist.

Jhené Aiko

Aiko, who’d earned three Grammy nominations in 2015, is up for Album of the Year for her critically acclaimed third album Chilombo, which was released in March of this year. It’s also nominated in the Best Progressive R&B Album category.

Her third nomination came in the Best R&B Performance category for “Lightning & Thunder,” her collaboration with John Legend.

Adrian Quesada also picked up three nominations…

The 43-year-old Latino producer and guitarist and his Black Pumas band mates picked up two Grammy nominations in the major categories.

Quesada and the Black Pumas are up for Record of the Year for their single “Colors,” which is also nominated in the Best American Roots Performance category.

He and the band are also up for Album of the Year for the deluxe edition of their self-titled album.

Quesada had previously earned a nod in the Best New Artist category alongside his Black Pumas band mates, as well as a nom in the Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album category for Sonidos Gold, his album with Grupo Fantasma.

Bad Bunny picked up two Grammy Award nominations, including one in a non-Latin category…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer/songwriter earned a nod in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category for “Un Dia (One Day),” his collaboration with Dua Lipa, J Balvin, his third career Grammy nomination, and Tainy, his second career nod.

Bad Bunny is also up for Best Latin Pop or Urban Album for his chart-topping album YHLQMDLG.

Arturo O’Farrill has two chances to win…

The 60-year-old Mexican pianist, composer, educator, founder and artistic director of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, is nominated in the Best Latin Jazz Album category for his studio effort Four Questions, as well as Best Instrumental Composition for “Baby Jack.”

There are several first-time Latinx Grammy nominees this year, including Debi Nova, Camilo, Bajofondo, Cami, Lido Pimienta, Lupita Infante and Christian Nodal.

Nominees who’ve won before include Ricky Martin, Linda Ronstadt, Danilo Perez, Chico Pinheiro, Poncho Sanchez, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Gustavo Dudamel. 

The Grammy Awards show will air live on CBS on Sunday, January 31.

Here are the categories featuring Latino nominees this year:

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Black Parade: Beyoncé; Beyoncé & Derek Dixie, producers; Stuart White, engineer/mixer; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
Colors: Black Pumas; Adrian Quesada, producer; Adrian Quesada, engineer/mixer; JJ Golden, mastering engineer
Rockstar: DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch; SethinTheKitchen, producer; Derek “MixedByAli” Ali, Chris Dennis & Liz Robson, engineers/mixers; Susan Tabor, mastering engineer
Say So: Doja Cat; Tyson Trax, Producer; Clint Gibbs, Engineer/Mixer; Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer
Everything I Wanted: Billie Eilish; Finneas O’connell, Producer; Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’connell, Engineers/Mixers; John Greenham, Mastering Engineer
Don’t Start Now: Dua Lipa; Caroline Ailin & Ian Kirkpatrick, Producers; Josh Gudwin, Drew Jurecka & Ian Kirkpatrick, Engineers/Mixers; Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer
Circles: Post Malone; Louis Bell, Frank Dukes & Post Malone, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
Savage: Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé; Beyoncé & J. White Did It, producers; Stuart White, engineer/mixer; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Chilombo: Jhené Aiko; Fisticuffs & Julian-Quán Việt Lê, Producers; Fisticuffs, Julian-Quán Việt Lê, Zeke Mishanec, Christian Plata & Gregg Rominiecki, Engineers/Mixers; Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo, Julian-Quán Việt Lê, Maclean Robinson & Brian Keith Warfield, Songwriters; Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer
Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition): Black Pumas; Jon Kaplan & Adrian Quesada, Producers; Adrian Quesada, Jacob Sciba, Stuart Sikes & Erik Wofford, Engineers/Mixers; Eric Burton & Adrian Quesada, Songwriters; Jj Golden, Mastering Engineer
Everyday Life: Coldplay; Daniel Green, Bill Rahko & Rik Simpson, Producers; Mark “Spike” Stent, Engineer/Mixer; Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, Songwriters; Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer
Djesse Vol.3: Jacob Collier; Jacob Collier, Producer; Ben Bloomberg & Jacob Collier, Engineers/Mixers; Jacob Collier, Songwriter; Chris Allgood & Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineers
Women In Music Pt. III: Haim; Rostam Batmanglij, Danielle Haim & Ariel Rechtshaid, Producers; Rostam Batmanglij, Jasmine Chen, John Debold, Matt Dimona, Tom Elmhirst, Joey Messina-Doerning & Ariel Rechtshaid, Engineers/Mixers; Rostam Batmanglij, Alana Haim, Danielle Haim, Este Haim & Ariel Rechtshaid, Songwriters; Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer
Future Nostalgia: Dua Lipa; Koz, Producer; Josh Gudwin & Cameron Gower Poole, Engineers/Mixers; Clarence Coffee Jr. & Dua Lipa, Songwriters; Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer
Hollywood’s Bleeding: Post Malone; Louis Bell & Frank Dukes, Producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, Engineers/Mixers; Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, Songwriters; Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer
Folklore: Taylor Swift; Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, Producers; Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Jonathan Low & Laura Sisk, Engineers/Mixers; Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, Songwriters; Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Un Dia (One Day): J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy
Intentions: Justin Bieber Featuring Quavo
Dynamite: BTS
Rain On Me: Lady Gaga With Ariana Grande
Exile: Taylor Swift Featuring Bon Iver

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE
Lightning & Thunder: Jhené Aiko Featuring John Legend
Black Parade: Beyoncé
All I Need: Jacob Collier Featuring Mahalia & Ty Dolla $Ign
Goat Head: Brittany Howard
See Me: Emily King

BEST PROGRESSIVE R&B ALBUM
Chilombo: Jhené Aiko
Ungodly Hour: Chloe X Halle
Free Nationals: Free Nationals
F*** Yo Feelings: Robert Glasper
It Is What It Is: Thundercat

BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM
Ona: Thana Alexa
Secrets Are The Best Stories: Kurt Elling Featuring Danilo Pérez
Modern Ancestors: Carmen Lundy
Holy Room: Live At Alte Oper: Somi With Frankfurt Radio Big Band
What’s The Hurry: Kenny Washington

BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM
Tradiciones: Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra
Four Questions: Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
City of Dreams: Chico Pinheiro
Viento y Tiempo – Live At Blue Note Tokyo: Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola
Trane’s Delight: Poncho Sanchez

BEST LATIN POP OR URBAN ALBUM
YHLQMDLG: Bad Bunny
Por Primera Vez: Camilo
Mesa Para Dos: Kany García
Pausa: Ricky Martin
3:33: Debi Nova

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Aura: Bajofondo
Monstruo: Cami
Sobrevolando: Cultura Profética
La Conquista Del Espacio: Fito Paez
Miss Colombia: Lido Pimienta

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Hecho En México: Alejandro Fernández
La Serenata: Lupita Infante
Un Canto Por México, Vol. 1: Natalia Lafourcade
Bailando Sones Y Huapangos Con Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez: Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez
AYAYAY!: Christian Nodal

BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM
Mi Tumbao: José Alberto “El Ruiseñor”
Infinito: Edwin Bonilla
Sigo Cantando Al Amor (Deluxe): Jorge Celedon & Sergio Luis
40: Grupo Niche
Memorias De Navidad: Víctor Manuelle

BEST GLOBAL MUSIC ALBUM
FU Chronicles: Antibalas
Twice As Tall: Burna Boy
Agora: Bebel Gilberto
Love Letters: Anoushka Shankar
Amadjar: Tinariwen

BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (Various Artists)
Bill & Ted Face The Music (Various Artists)
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga (Various Artists, including Demi Lovato & Salvador Sobral)
Frozen 2 (Various Artists)
Jojo Rabbit (Various Artists)

Best Instrumental Composition
Baby Jack: Arturo O’Farrill, Composer (Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra)
Be Water Ii: Christian Sands, Composer (Christian Sands)
Plumfield: Alexandre Desplat, Composer (Alexandre Desplat)
Sputnik: Maria Schneider, Composer (Maria Schneider)
Strata: Remy Le Boeuf, composer (Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly Of Shadows Featuring Anna Webber & Eric Miller)

BEST REMIXED RECORDING
Do You Ever (Rac Mix): RAC, Remixer (Phil Good)
Imaginary Friends (Morgan Page Remix): Morgan Page, Remixer (Deadmau5)
Praying For You (Louie Vega Main Remix): Louie Vega, Remixer (Jasper Street Co.)
Roses (Imanbek Remix): Imanbek Zeikenov, Remixer (Saint Jhn)
Young & Alive (Bazzi Vs. Haywyre Remix): Haywyre, Remixer (Bazzi)

BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE
Aspects Of America – Pulitzer Edition: Carlos Kalmar, conductor (Oregon Symphony)
Concurrence: Daníel Bjarnason, conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra)
Copland: Symphony No. 3: Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)
Ives: Complete Symphonies: Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Lutosławski: SYMPHONIES NOS. 2 & 3: Hannu Lintu, conductor (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)

BEST MUSIC FILM
Beastie Boys Story: Beastie Boys; Spike Jonze, video director; Amanda Adelson, Jason Baum & Spike Jonze, video producers
Black Is King: Beyoncé
We Are Freestyle Love Supreme: Freestyle Love Supreme; Andrew Fried, video director; Andrew Fried, Jill Furman, Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sarina Roma, Jenny Steingart & Jon Steingart, video producers
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice: Linda Ronstadt; Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, video directors; Michele Farinola & James Keach, video producers
That Little Ol’ Band From Texas: ZZ Top; Sam Dunn, video director; Scot McFadyen, video producer

Anitta to Perform at This Year’s Latin Grammys

Anitta is heading to the Latin Grammys

The 27-year-old Brazilian singer has been added to the list of performers set to take the stage at this year’s Latin Grammys, according to the Latin Recording Academy.

Anitta

Anitta appears on the final star-studded list of performers that includes Rauw Alejandro, J Balvin, Camilo, Lupita Infante, Juanes, Mariachi Sol De México De José Hernández, Ricky Martin, Natalia, Jimenez, José Luis Perales, Prince Royce, and Carla Morrison.

Those artists join previously-announced performers Anuel AA, Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny, Calibre 50, Pedro Capó, Julio Reyes Copello, Alex Cuba, Alejandro Fernández, Karol G, Kany García, Guaynaa, Los Tigres del Norte, Víctor Manuelle, Ricardo Montaner, Christian Nodal, Debi Nova, Fito Páez, Nathy Peluso, Raquel Sofía and Sebastián Yatra.

The 21st annual ceremony, led by 13-time nominee J Balvin, will also celebrate several Latin music icons, with special tributes including Julio Iglesias, Pedro Infante, Juan Luis Guerra, Roberto Carlos, and Héctor Lavoe.

Returning with a “music makes us human” theme that highlights musical excellence and the power of music in times of despair, the event will also showcase diverse stories of hope, community, sense of purpose, and celebration.

Hosted by Carlos Rivera, the 2020 Latin Grammys will air at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday, November 19, via Univision.

The star-studded event will be preceded by the one-hour pre-show Noche de Estrellas, held virtually in Miami, where the majority of the categories will be awarded.

Amazon Music Launches Amazon Music LAT!N Hub, Featuring Exclusive Music, Videos & More From Artists Like Natanael Cano

Natanael Cano has found a new connection

Amazon Music is putting a big focus on Latin music with the launch of “Amazon Music LAT!N,” featuring the 19-year-old Mexican singer in a new editorial video series, Género101,

Natanael Cano

The Latin music brand features a broad umbrella that includes over 100 new and revamped playlists, an emerging artist program, merchandise, video and multiple catalog programs among many other initiatives.

Using the tagline “La Musica que nos conecta” — a reference to the fact that Latinos come from many countries and cultures but are connected by music and language — the LAT!N hub, which includes music in Spanish and Portuguese, will live within Amazon at amazon.com/latinmusic.

It seeks to establish Amazon as a major player in Latin music streaming and content, as well as retail.

“The big differentiator [with other streaming services] is the ability to work cross functionally with the other Amazon verticals and services like Twitch and Prime Video,” explains Rocío Guerrero, who assumed the newly created position of global head of Latin music at Amazon in January.

“We can do things 360. It’s unparalleled and it will live within the Amazon.com ecosystem.”

Prior to Guerrero’s arrival, Amazon Music had been relatively perfunctory with its approach to Latin music, offering playlists and a big catalog but little else. Latin content was hardly ever marketed  The launch of LAT!N marks a major investment and commitment to the music.

“What they want is to expand with even more audiences and fans and engage them with Latin music,” Guerrero says. A major thrust is positioning Amazon as a destination that focuses not only on reggaetón and urban music, which dominate the major Latin playlists around the world, but on all genres of Latin music, aiming for Amazon’s “broader” — as Guerrero calls it — audience, including older listeners.

“For instance, genres like bachata, salsa and Regional Mexican are big in Amazon Music,” she says. “We have a spotlight now. And we can shine a light on all the genres of Latin music.”

Guerrero came to Amazon from Warner Music Latin, but previously spent years overseeing U.S. Latin content in Spotify. Since joining Amazon in late 2019 she has expanded the Latin music global team, hiring Ana Martinez as label relations and Cristina Martin to head marketing for Latin music global and retaining Amaya Mendizabal as senior music curator.

After planning for the first half of the year, the official LAT!N kickoff features an original, acoustic version of Maluma’s global hit “Hawái.” It will be followed by exclusive weekly releases of new renditions by Karol G, Christian Nodal and Romeo Santos during Hispanic Heritage Month, with more planned moving forward.

At the same time, a catalog program called “Raices” will kick off with a spotlight on Marc Anthony that includes a mini documentary shot in his home, and will highlight Latin catalog content on a monthly basis. Likewise, an emerging artist program, “Rompe,” which is similar to Amazon’s “Breakthrough” program in the U.K., will highlight a local emerging artist every month, beginning with Colombia’s Las Villa and Interscope artist Nobeat.

New content will go beyond music to include five new editorial video series, available in English and Spanish. The first, Género101, will highlight different sub-genres of Latin music, beginning with an episode on corridos tumbaos explained by Natanael Cano. An Alexa component is also in development that will allow listeners to ask their virtual assistant questions and get replies in different artists’ voices.

The core of LAT!N, of course, will continue to be playlists — now expanded to 100 — including Latin global hits playlist Platino (formerly titled Fuego Latino), new music playlist Hoy, and a Clásicos playlist that features classics for each genre. Says Guerrero: “We cannot commit to just one audience only.”

Camila Cabello Among This Year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards Winners

Camila Cabello has some extra heart

This year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards have been announced on iHeartRadio stations and on the iHeartRadio app, with the 23-year-old Mexican & Cuban singer picking up an award.

Camila Cabello

Cabello and Shawn Mendes won the Best Collaboration award for their chart-topping single “Señorita.”

It’s the third iHeart Music Award of Cabello’s career. She previously won the Fangirls award in 2018, and Best Lyric for her single “Consequences” in 2019.

Banda Los Sebastianes earned two awards…

The Mexican band was named Best New Regional Mexican Artist and took home the Regional Mexican Song of the Year prize for their hit single “A Través Del Vaso.”

Bad Bunny’s X 100PRE was named Latin Album of the Year, Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry’s “Con Calma” earned the Latin Pop/Reggaeton Song of the Year, and the Regional Mexican Artist of the Year award went to

Christian Nodal.

Rosalia was named Best New Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist, and Ozuna earned the Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist of the Year prize.

The awards, honoring the most-played artists and songs on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app throughout 2019, were originally set to take place on March 29 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Usher was set to host the Fox broadcast, but COVID-19 restrictions thwarted that plan. On March 16, iHeart postponed the show. On Aug. 24, it canceled the event and announced the plan to reveal the winners over the Labor Day weekend.

The show is set to return to Fox in 2021.

The Labor Day rollout, in which winners in 50 categories were announced one per hour, featured acceptance speeches from many winners.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

General categories:

Song of the Year “Truth Hurts” – Lizzo
Female Artist of the Year Billie Eilish
Male Artist of the Year Post Malone
Best Duo/Group of the Year Jonas Brothers
Best Collaboration “Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
Label of the Year Republic Records
Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year Post Malone
Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year “Sunflower” by Post Malone & Swae Lee
Producer of the Year Finneas
Songwriter of the Year Louis Bell
Tour of the Year Elton John
Best Lyrics “10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
Best Cover Song Sam Smith & Normani – “Dancing With A Stranger” – 5SOS cover
Best Fan Army BTSArmy – BTS
Best Music Video “Boy With Luv” – BTS featuring Halsey
Social Star Award Asher Angel
Best Remix “Trampoline” – Shaed featuring Zayn
Favorite Tour Photographer Zack Caspary (Why Don’t We)
Favorite Music Video Choreography “Kill This Love” (Blackpink) – Kyle Hanagami & Kiel Tutin

Genre specific categories:

Pop Album of the Year Lover – Taylor Swift
Best New Pop Artist Lizzo
Alternative Rock Song of the Year “Bad Guy” – Billie Eilish
Alternative Rock Artist of the Year Billie Eilish
Alternative Rock Album of the Year When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish
Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist Shaed
Rock Song of the Year “Ghost” – Badflower
Rock Artist of the Year Disturbed
Rock Album of the Year Fear Inoculum – Tool
Country Song of the Year “Beautiful Crazy” – Luke Combs
Country Artist of the Year Luke Combs
Country Album of the Year What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs
Best New Country Artist Morgan Wallen
Dance Song of the Year “Close to Me” – Ellie Goulding, Diplo featuring Swae Lee
Dance Artist of the Year Marshmello
Dance Album of the Year World War Joy – The Chainsmokers
Hip-Hop Song of the Year “Suge” – DaBaby
Hip-Hop Artist of the Year Drake
Hip-Hop Album of the Year Death Race for Love – Juice WRLD
Best New Hip-Hop Artist DaBaby
R&B Song of the Year “No Guidance” – Chris Brown featuring Drake
R&B Artist of the Year H.E.R.
R&B Album of the Year Free Spirit– Khalid
Best New R&B Artist Summer Walker
Latin Pop/Reggaeton Song of the Year “Con Calma” – Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry featuring Snow
Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist of the Year Ozuna
Best New Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist Rosalía
Regional Mexican Song of the Year “A Través Del Vaso” – Banda Los Sebastianes
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year Christian Nodal
Latin Album of the Year X 100PRE – Bad Bunny
Best New Regional Mexican Artist Banda Los Sebastianes

Christian Nodal In Talks with Selena Gomez for Possible Collaboration

Christian Nodal could be collaborating with a big Latina pop star…

The 21-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter, who released his EP AyAyAy! In late May, tells Billboard he could be teaming up with Selena Gomez.

Christian Nodal

“We are actually talking with Selena Gomezfor something in Spanish,” he fesses. “Drake Bellalso wrote to me on Instagram. It was so cool because I remembered all of my childhood.”

In this seven-track EP AyAyAy!, released on May 29 via Fonovisa, Nodal didn’t shy away from experimental fusions, dropping a norteño-tropical hybrid (“No Es Justo Por El”), a mariachi-tinged country song (“Se Me Olvido”), and even his own version of the ‘50s classic doo-wop “Tonight I Fell in Love” by The Tokensin “Anoche Me Enamore.”

“When I’m listening to music, my emotions change and that’s why I wanted to release part of the album,” said Nodal during a recent Instagram Live Q&A with Billboard.

“I’m taking advantage because I’m young, I’m 21, and because I love music in general,” he says. “With this album, I want to take Regional Mexican to the next level and that’s why I included cumbia, ‘70s rock, salsa, vallenatos, and more.”

AyAyAy!is the first part of Nodal’s upcoming full-length third studio album. “In September I’m releasing the second half. That album is 100 times better because it has all of my favorite songs,” he assures.