DJ Valadez Launches KROQ’s First-Ever Latin Show “Alternalido”

Anthony Valadez (a.k.a. DJ Valadez) is hitting the Southern California airwaves to celebrate Latin music.

The Latino deejay and radio host has launched KROQ‘s first-ever Latin show Alternalido from his makeshift studio at home in Venice Beach.

Anthony Valadez (a.k.a. DJ Valadez)

The two-hour show, the first of its kind for L.A.’s alternative KROQ-FM station (owned by Entercom), kicked off with the music of artists including Chicano BatmanCucoOzomatli and Bomba Estéreo, to name a few.

“Last night I had a lot of anxiety,” Valadez, who serves as host and curator of Alternalido, tells Billboard. “Latin alternative means so many things to different people. You’ve got fans that love Maná and then you have new artists like Omar Apollo and Ambar Lucid who want to break rules and do their own things.”

In an effort to better serve the bilingual Latin community in California — which has the largest Latino population in the 

U.S. — Alternalidoaims to spotlight an array of Latin alternative sounds from around the world. 

“Think of it like it’s Anthony Bourdain behind the turntables taking you around the world through sound,” Valadez says.

While the idea of a Latin-centric show was floated around a few years ago, now was the “perfect time” to go live, according to Jeff Federman, Entercom’s regional president. “We are so much better than we were when we entered March because we were forced to catch up on technology and learn to be even more resourceful. It’s almost a renaissance for radio.”

Mike Kaplan, senior vp/programming at Entercom, echoes Federman. “It’s exciting to know that we’re evolving and taking it to the next step. It was needed in this station. There are no boundaries in music.”

It was precisely that that drew Valadez — who will keep his weekend show on KCRW— to be part of the show as a host and curator. “In a new space and a new era, there’s more room for experimentation. Latin alternative is not new — it’s been there and it’s been neglected. And for these guys to say, ‘Let’s showcase this,’ yeah let’s break rules, that’s super important to me.”

Valadez, who has hosted weekly radio programs for the past 20 years, says he’s not only excited to offer a new home for Latin alternative artists but to be able to create a sense of community in trying times.

“People need community more than ever,” Valadez says. “This is music that is hand-picked and that’s a beautiful thing. The show is very inviting, it’s created with love for everybody and no matter where you come from, you’ll hear something you like.”

Alternalido airs Sundays from 8:00 -10:00 pm PST on KROQ.

Karol G Makes History as “Tusa” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart

Karol Gis racing to the top in historic fashion…

The 28-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer and songwriter’s collaboration with Nicki Minaj, “Tusa,”debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart dated November 23. 

Karol G, Tusa, Nicki Minaj

The chart ranks the most popular Latin songs of the week, blending airplay, streaming and digital sales data.

“Tusa” becomes the first song to debut at No. 1 in 2019, and the first song by a female act in a lead role to bow at No. 1 since 2016, when Shakira’s “Chantaje,” featuring Maluma, bowed atop the list. It’s also the first title by two women in a lead role to open atop the chart since its inception in 1986.

“One of my biggest personal challenges was exceeding my expectations and those of my fans, following the release of Ocean,” Karol G tells Billboard. “I couldn’t be happier today seeing that “Tusa” debuts at No. 1 in the U.S. after only one week of its release. I’m especially grateful to Nicki Minaj, to my team for keeping the dream alive, and for continuing in this journey — and to my fans who make all of this a reality.”

In addition to Shakira, Karol G and Minaj, only two other songs with women on a lead role have debuted at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs: Rocio Durcalwith “La Guirnalda” in September of 1986 and Gloria Estefanwith “Hotel Nacional” in January of 2012. 

Meanwhile, two other titles with female acts in featuredroles have bowed atop the tally: “Mi Verdad” by Mana featuring Shakira (February 2015) and “Taki Taki” by DJ Snake, featuring Selena GomezOzuna and Cardi B(October 2018).

“Tusa” gives Karol G her third No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs. Her first leader arrived over a year ago through another collaboration: Pitbull’s “Dame Tu Cosita,” with El Chombo, featuring Cutty Ranks(May 2018).

“Tusa,” Colombian slang for heartbreak, was released on November 7 in conjunction with the song’s music video and was produced by Ovy on the Drumsand written by him, Karol G, Minaj and Keytin. It soars to No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs mainly on the strength of streaming activity and digital sales.

The song logged 9.5 million U.S. streams in its first week (ending November 14), according to Nielsen Music and bows at No. 1 on the Latin Streaming Song chart. It’s just the second song to debut at No. 1 on the list in 2019, following “China,” the former nine-week ruler, where Karol G also takes a lead role alongside Anuel AADaddy YankeeOzuna and J Balvin.

“Tusa” concurrently starts at No. 78 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100chart, becoming Karol G’s fourth chart entry.

The song was presented for the first time during the 2019 Latin Grammyweek, as part of a Google Pixel 4motion sense experiment alongside DJ Feloat The Palms, on November 14.

Maná Launches Scholarship Program to Benefit Latino Students

Maná is helping the next generation…

The legendary Mexican rock band has announced The Maná Scholarship Program to benefit Latino students who want to achieve their dream of furthering their education.

Mana

In partnership with their Selva Negra Foundation and the Univision Foundation, and administered by Scholarship America, the program will assist up to 15 students between the ages of 18 and 35 who identify as Latino and who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

According to the official press statement, “these scholarships are intended to help applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to positive change in their communities; specifically, those who have chosen to help clean up or otherwise improve the environment around them.”

The Maná Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors or graduates and to current college undergraduates who are either U.S. citizens, U.S. legal residents, or undocumented residents of the U.S., including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

Only the first 1,000 applications submitted will be considered. 

Deadline to apply is at 3:00 pm CT on October 23. 

For eligibility, required documents and more information, visit here.

Maná Becomes First Act to Perform Seven Shows in One Year at LA’s The Forum

It’s Lucky No. 7 for Manáfans in Los Angeles…

Due to continuing ticket demands, the legendary Mexican rock band has added a seventh show at The Forum in Los Angeles as part of its Rayando El Sol Tour, which kicks of at the end of August.

Mana

The seventh date at the venue, which will take place on December 7, makes Maná the only act in any language or genre to ever play seven dates at the venue as part of a single tour.

“Mana makes history today by becoming the first artist that will perform seven shows in one year at the ‘Fabulous’ Forum since our reopening in 2014,” said a spokesperson for The Forum. “Mana also holds our record for most shows since the reopening at 11. The Forum is proud and honored to be the home to Mana’s historic run of shows.”

Maná, Latin music’s most successful rock band and one of the most prolific and highest-grossing Latin acts in the market, announced dates forRayando el Sol, their first tour in three years, this past February. 

Tickets sales were so strong, that additional dates were added almost immediately, and the tour, originally set to kick off September 4 from Corpus Christi, is now starting August 31 in Laredo.

New dates were also added for Chicago, Oakland, San Jose, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and Los Angeles. 

Originally, Maná was slated to play four dates at The Forum, which grew to six, and now, seven. 

The group performed on Good Morning America this Wednesday, the same day they streamed an intimate performance for fans on their YouTubechannel in anticipation of their tour.

“Maná is a touring powerhouse,” Bob Roux, president of U.S. concerts for Live Nation, said in a statement back in March, talking about the sellout speed of Maná’s shows. “I’ve never seen an onsale like this in the Latin Market. This puts Maná in the rarefied realm of the biggest bands in the U.S., regardless of language.”

The Rayando el Sol tour will now play 35 stops. The tour takes its name from Maná’s 1989 breakout hit song of the same name.

“It was the song that kicked off our career when we were ready to walk away from it all,” Fher Olvera, Maná’s lead singer, told Billboardearlier this year. “We spent many years with very little money. One time, [drummer] Alex [Gonzalez] spent the night at an apartment in Colonia Roma [the Mexico City neighborhood depicted in Alfonso Cuarón’s film Roma] that didn’t even have furniture. And there, between beers, we wrote the song. At that point, I was ready to work in what I’d studied in college: communications. And Alex was going to return to Miami. But that song allowed us to breath, so we have a real appreciation. It’s a very emblematic song. It’s played everywhere.”

Maná: Rayando El Sol 2019 tour dates:

Aug. 31, 2019 — Laredo. TX Sames Auto Arena
Sept. 4, 2019 —  Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
Sept. 6, 2019 —  Houston, TX Toyota Center
Sept. 7, 2019 —  Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Sept. 11, 2019 —  El Paso, TX UTEP Don Haskins Center
Sept. 13, 2019 —  Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sept. 14, 2019 —  Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sept. 20, 2019 —  Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Sept. 21, 2019 —  Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Sept. 22, 2019 —  Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Sept. 27, 2019 —  San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
Sept. 28, 2019 —  San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
Sept. 29, 2019 —  San Diego, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheater
Oct. 9, 2019 —  Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Oct. 11, 2019 —  Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Oct. 12, 2019 —  Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Oct. 17, 2019 —  Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
Oct. 19, 2019 —  Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Oct. 20, 2019 —  Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Oct. 22, 2019 —  Fairfax, VA EagleBank Arena
Oct. 25, 2019 —  Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
Oct. 27, 2019 —  Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Arena
Nov. 6, 2019 —  El Paso, TX UTEP Don Haskins Center
Nov. 8, 2019 —  Houston, TX Toyota Center
Nov. 9, 2019 —  Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Nov. 14, 2019 —  Edinburg, TX Bert Ogden Arena
Nov. 15, 2019 —  San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Nov. 17, 2019 —  Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Nov. 22, 2019 —  Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Nov. 23, 2019 —  Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Nov. 24, 2019 —  Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Nov. 27, 2019 —  Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
Nov. 30, 2019 —  Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Dec. 5, 2019 —  Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Dec. 7, 2019 —  Los Angeles, CA The Forum

Allison Iraheta Appears on K.C. Porter’s Timely “La Pared” Single

Allison Irahetais sharing her voice in the quest to tear down walls…

The 27-year-old Salvadoran American singer and former American Idol finalist has joined voices with K.C. Porter and Mexican American rapper Olmeca on Porter’s “La Pared,” the first single from his upcoming album Cruzanderos. 

Allison Iraheta

The “La Pared” video, directed by directed by Rubén Giménez of Spanish production company Hero Studio, may be animated, but the content isn’t meant to be amusing in the traditional sense of the word.

“La Pared” is a call to tear down border “walls,” illustrated by the travails of a father and daughter divided at the border. 

“La Pared” is Porter’s first single as a soloist, featuring Iraheta and Olmeca in a mix of pop, tropical and reggaeton.

Porter, best known best for his award-winning work in the Latin music space (SelenaRicky MartinLuis MiguelManáSantana), lived in Guatemala for 10 years since the age of seven, and is not only fully fluent in Spanish, but also fully understands Latin music, its artists and its themes.

Iraheta released a solo album, Just Like You, in 2009, which included the well-received single “Friday I’ll Be Over U.”

She later became the lead singer of the band Halo Circus. The band has released two albums.

Porter’s Cruzanderos album is due out September 20 on Altafonte Music. 

Mana Adds More Dates to Its U.S. Rayando el Sol Tour

Maná’s Solis shining bright…

The legendary Mexican rock band has added additional dates to its upcoming tour to meet high ticket demand.

Mana

Tickets for new shows in the Maná’s Rayando el Sol Tour have been added for Los Angeles, Chicago, Oakland, San Jose, Dallas, Houston and Phoenix, and will go on sale on Friday, March 8.

“Maná is a touring powerhouse,” Bob Roux, president of U.S. concerts for Live Nation, said in a statement from the company about the sellout speed of Maná’s upcoming shows. “I’ve never seen an onsale like this in the Latin Market. This puts Maná in the rarefied realm of the biggest bands in the U.S., regardless of language.”

Maná is now scheduled for 28 U.S. dates on the tour, the band’s first in three years.

Here’s a look at the tour dates:

MANÁ: RAYANDO EL SOL TOUR 2019 DATES:

Wed Sep 04Corpus Christi, TXAmerican Bank Center
Fri Sep 06Houston, TXToyota Center
Sat Sep 07Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines Center
Wed Sep 11El Paso, TXUTEP Don Haskins Center
Fri Sep 13Phoenix, AZTalking Stick Resort Arena
Sat Sep 14Las Vegas, NVMGM Grand Garden Arena
Fri Sep 20Los Angeles, CAThe Forum
Sat Sep 21Los Angeles, CAThe Forum
Sun Sep 22Los Angeles, CAThe Forum
Fri Sep 27San Jose, CASAP Center
Sat Sep 28San Jose, CASAP Center
Sun Sep 29San Diego, CANorth Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Wed Oct 09Denver, COPepsi Center
Fri Oct 11Chicago, ILAllstate Arena
Sat Oct 12Chicago, ILAllstate Arena
Thu Oct 17Toronto, ONScotiabank Arena
Sat Oct 19Brooklyn, NYBarclays Center
Sun Oct 20Greensboro, NCGreensboro Coliseum
Fri Oct 25Miami, FLAmericanAirlines Arena
Fri Nov 08Houston, TXToyota Center
Sat Nov 09Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines Center
Sun Oct 27Atlanta, GAInfinite Energy Arena
Fri Nov 15San Antonio, TXAT&T Center
Sun Nov 17Phoenix, AZTalking Stick Resort Arena
Fri Nov 22Los Angeles, CAThe Forum
Sat Nov 23Los Angeles, CAThe Forum
Wed Nov 27Sacramento, CAGolden 1 Center
Sat Nov 30Oakland, CAOracle Arena

Anitta to Perform at This Year’s Premio Lo Nuestro Awards Show

Anittais readying for a high-profile performance…

The 25-year-old Brazilian singer, a four-time nominee in 2019, is set to perform at this year’s Premio Lo Nuestro awards show.

Anitta

The “Veneno” singer and New Artist of the Yearcontender joins a roster of new additions that includes JBalvinYandelJuanesManáPepe AguilarJoss FavelaNacho, and Zion y Lennox.

Anitta previously took the stage alongside J Balvin at least year’s how, giving a sizzling performance of their hit collaboration “Downtown.”

Marc AnthonyDaddy YankeeNatti NatashaAnuel AA and OzunaThaliaLele PonsFuegoPrince RoyceFarrukoPiso 21IntocableDe La Ghetto, Pedro CapóReikChristian NodalLali and Silvestre Dangondare also confirmed to perform at the annual ceremony.

The awards will be hosted by Maite PerroniAlejandra Espinoza and salsa singer, Victor Manuelle.

The 31st edition of Premio Lo Nuestro will air on Univisionon Thursday, February 21, live from American Airlines Arenain Miami starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Pablo Alborán to Perform at the Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year Gala Honoring Maná

Pablo Alborán is set to honor Mexico’s most popular rock band…

The 29-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter will perform at the Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year gala honoring Maná.

Pablo Alborán

Alboran, a three-time nominee for this year’s Latin Grammys, joins an all-star list of artists paying homage to the Mexican band for their creative accomplishments and philanthropic contributions to the Latino community.

In addition to the “No vaya a ser” singer, the other performers include fellow 2018 nominees Enrique Bunbury, Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández, Iza, Beatriz Luengo, Vetusta MorlaMonsieur PerineGilberto Santa Rosa and Sebastian Yatra.

In addition to four-time Latin Grammy winner Pepe Aguilar and two-time Latin Grammy and Grammy winner Draco Rosa, José María Cano accompanied by his son Dani, Daniel HabifArthur Hanlon, Ara Malikian, La Marisoul, Orianthi and Piso 21 will also perform at the star-studded event.

The Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Gala, hosted by Jaime Camil and Soledad Pastorutti, will take place the night before the Latin Grammys on Wednesday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Mana to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with Two Las Vegas Concerts

Maná is preparing for a grito in Nevada…

The legendary Mexican rock band will celebrate Mexican Independence Day with two concerts at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Mana

The just-announced shows will take place September 15 and 16, celebrating Mexicans’ revolt against Spanish rulers — not be confused with Cinco de Mayo, which celebrates the Mexican victory over French troops in the Battle of Puebla.

While the band’s announcement did not mention anything about Donald Trump, the choice of celebrating Mexican Independence Day in a U.S. venue may be a jab at the current U.S. president from the band, particularly frontman Fher Olvera, who has frequently spoken out against Trump’s immigration policies and his statements about Latinos.

“Sometimes the results disappoint us or worry us, but they should never get us on our knees,” the singer said the day after the election. “Us Latinos will continue to keep our head up high and work to change what we don’t like, to have the life, country and world we want.”

The Las Vegas shows, which will be Maná’s only U.S. arena concerts in 2017, can be expected to rival the energy of the most fervent political rally.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. PST.

Nicky Jam Receives Four iHeartRadio Music Award Nominations

Nicky Jam is getting some much deserved radio recognition…

The 35-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American singer-songwriter received four iHeartRadio Music Award nominations, including one in a non-Latin category.

Nicky Jam

Nicky Jam, the most-nominated Latino artist, is up for Latin Artist of the Year, where he’ll face off against Enrique Iglesias, J Balvin, Prince Royce and Yandel.

The Latin Grammy winner also received two nominations in the Latin Song of the Year category for his recent collaborations: Mana’s remake of “De Pies A Cabeza” and Reik’s “Ya Me Enteré.”

But Nicky Jam’s biggest nod comes in the Best Music Video category for his popular “Hasta El Amanecer” clip. He’s up against the likes of Justin Timberlake, The Chainsmokers, Beyonce, Coldplay, ZAYN, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna.

Meanwhile, Selena Gomez is the most-nominated Latina artist with two nods. She’s up for Female Artist of the Year and Best Fan Army for her avid followers, the Selenators.

Fifth Harmony, featuring Latina singers Ally Brooke Hernandez, Lauren Jauregui and Camila Cabello, who recently left the group, earned three nods.

Bruno Mars was revealed as the event’s first announced performer. The part-Puerto Rican singer is also is nominated in the socially voted covers category for his rendition of Adele‘s “All I Ask.”

Other Latino nominees include Demi Lovato, Gerardo Ortiz, Sofia Reyes and CNCO.

The awards are intended to celebrate the music heard across iHeartMedia radio stations over the past year.

Voting for the fan army award began Tuesday through iHeartRadio’s social media accounts and its app, with all other categories now open, and runs through February 24, with the fan army award extending to the night of the event on March 5. Fans can vote by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards.

The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards will air live from the Forum in Inglewood, California on March 5 at 8:00 pm EST on TBS, TNT and truTV.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Song of the Year:

  • “Can’t Stop The Feeling” – Justin Timberlake
  • “Cheap Thrills” – Sia featuring Sean Paul
  • “Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
  • “One Dance” – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla
  • “Stressed Out” – twenty one pilots

Female Artist of the Year: 

  • Adele
  • Ariana Grande
  • Rihanna
  • Selena Gomez
  • Sia

Male Artist of the Year:  

  • Drake
  • Justin Bieber
  • Luke Bryan
  • Shawn Mendes
  • The Weeknd

Best Duo/Group of the Year: 

  • Coldplay
  • DNCE
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • The Chainsmokers
  • twenty one pilots

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

  • “Bored to Death” – blink-182
  • “Dark Necessities” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Heathens” – twenty one pilots
  • “Ride” – twenty one pilots
  • “Trouble” – Cage The Elephant

 Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:

  • blink-182
  • Cage The Elephant
  • Coldplay
  • The Strumbellas
  • twenty one pilots

Rock Song of the Year:

  • “Bang Bang” – Green Day
  • “Dark Necessities” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Take Me Down” – The Pretty Reckless
  • “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” – Volbeat
  • “The Sound Of Silence” – Disturbed

Rock Artist of the Year:

  • Disturbed
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Shinedown
  • Volbeat

Country Song of the Year:

  • “Church Bells” – Carrie Underwood
  • “Snapback” – Old Dominion
  • “Somewhere On A Beach” – Dierks Bentley
  • “T-Shirt” – Thomas Rhett
  • “You Should Be Here” – Cole Swindell

Country Artist of the Year:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Jason Aldean
  • Keith Urban
  • Luke Bryan
  • Thomas Rhett

Dance Song of the Year:

  • “Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
  • “Cold Water” – Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ
  • “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
  • “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” – Mike Posner
  • “Let Me Love You” – DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber

 Dance Artist of the Year: 

  • Calvin Harris
  • DJ Snake
  • Flume
  • Major Lazer
  • The Chainsmokers

 Hip-Hop Song of the Year: 

  • “All The Way Up” – Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Infared
  • “Controlla” – Drake
  • “For Free” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake
  • “One Dance” – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla
  • “Panda” – Desiigner

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:

  • Desiigner
  • DJ Khaled
  • Drake
  • Future
  • J. Cole

R&B Song of the Year:

  • “Exchange” – Bryson Tiller
  • “Needed Me” – Rihanna
  • “No Limit” – Usher featuring Young Thug
  • “Sorry” – Beyoncé
  • “Work” – Rihanna featuring Drake

 R&B Artist of the Year: 

  • Beyoncé
  • Bryson Tiller
  • Rihanna
  • The Weeknd
  • Usher

 Latin Song of the Year: 

  • “Ay Mi Dios” – IAmChino featuring Pitbull, Yandel and El Chacal
  • “De Pies A Cabeza” – Mana featuring Nicky Jam
  • “Duele El Corazon” – Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin
  • “La Carretera” – Prince Royce
  • “Ya Me Enteré” – Reik featuring Nicky Jam

 Latin Artist of the Year: 

  • Enrique Iglesias
  • J Balvin
  • Nicky Jam
  • Prince Royce
  • Yandel

 Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

  • “Amor Del Bueno” – Calibre 50
  • “Cicatrices” – Regulo Caro
  • “Me Está Gustando” – Banda Los Recoditos
  • “¿Por Qué Terminamos?” – Gerardo Ortiz
  • “Solo Con Verte” – Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

 Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: 

  • Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga
  • Banda Los Recoditos
  • Calibre 50
  • Gerardo Ortiz
  • Remmy Valenzuela

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist: (New Category)

  • Foals
  • Kaleo
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  • Red Sun Rising
  • The Strumbellas 

Best New Country Artist: (New Category)

  • Chris Lane
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Granger Smith
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Maren Morris

Best New Hip-Hop Artist: (New Category)

  • Chance The Rapper
  • Desiigner
  • D.R.A.M.
  • Kent Jones
  • Kevin Gates

Best New Latin Artist: (New Category)

  • Carlos Rivera
  • Christian Daniel
  • CNCO
  • IAmChino
  • Sofia Reyes

Best New R&B Artist: (New Category)

  • Belly
  • Bryson Tiller
  • Dreezy
  • Kayla Brianna
  • Ro James

Best New Regional Mexican Artist: (New Category)

  • Adriel Favela
  • Banda Los Sebastianes
  • Cheyo Carrillo
  • Joss Favela
  • La Séptima Banda

Best New Pop Artist: (New Category)

  • Alessia Cara
  • Daya
  • Lukas Graham
  • The Chainsmokers
  • ZAYN

 Producer of the Year: (New Category)

  • Benny Blanco
  • Greg Kurstin
  • Max Martin
  • Mike Elizondo
  • The Chainsmokers 

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category

  • “7 Years” – Lukas Graham
  • “Came Here to Forget” – Blake Shelton
  • “Cheap Thrills” – Sia featuring Sean Paul
  • “Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
  • “Heathens” – twenty one pilots
  • “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber
  • “Scars To Your Beautiful” – Alessia Cara
  • “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” – Adele
  • “Too Good” – Drake featuring Rihanna
  • “You Should Be Here” – Cole Swindell

 Best Collaboration: *Socially Voted Category

  • “Cheap Thrills” – Sia featuring Sean Paul
  • “Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
  • “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
  • “This Is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
  • “Work” – Rihanna featuring Drake

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category

  • “All I Ask” – Bruno Mars
  • “Ex’s and Oh’s” – Fifth Harmony
  • “Fast Car” – Justin Bieber
  • “Hands to Myself” – DNCE
  • “Here” – Shawn Mendes
  • “How Will I Know” – Ariana Grande
  • “Love on the Brain” – Kelly Clarkson
  • “Purple Rain” – Jennifer Hudson and the cast of The Color Purple
  • “Sound of Silence” – Disturbed
  • “Too Good” – Zara Larsson

Best Song from a Movie: *Socially Voted Category

  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Justin Timberlake (Trolls)
  • “Falling for You” – Ellie Goulding (Bridget Jones’s Baby)
  • “Girls Talk Boys” – 5 Seconds of Summer (Ghostbusters)
  • “Heathens” – twenty one pilots (Suicide Squad)
  • “Just Like Fire” – P!nk (Alice Through the Looking Glass)

Best Music Video: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Justin Timberlake
  • “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
  • “Formation” – Beyoncé
  • “Hasta El Amanecer” – Nicky Jam
  • “Heathens” – twenty one pilots
  • “Hymn for the Weekend” – Coldplay
  • “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” – Mike Posner
  • “Pillowtalk” – ZAYN
  • “Side to Side” – Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj
  • “This Is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
  • “Work” – Rihanna featuring Drake
  • “Work From Home” – Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Best Underground Alternative Band: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

  • Hey Violet
  • Pierce the Veil
  • PVRIS
  • Sleeping With Sirens
  • Tonight Alive

Social Star Award: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

  • Alex Aiono from YouTube
  • Baby Ariel from Musical.ly
  • Emma McGann from YouNow
  • Hailey Knox from YouNow
  • Jack and Jack from Snapchat
  • Jacob Satorius from Musical.ly
  • Marcus Perez from Facebook
  • Steph Clavin from Instagram
  • Todrick Hall from YouTube
  • Xyego from Smule

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell: *Socially Voted Category

  • 5 Seconds of Summer – 5SOSFam
  • Ariana Grande – Arianators
  • Beyoncé – Beyhive
  • Britney Spears – Britney Army
  • Demi Lovato – Lovatics
  • Fifth Harmony – Harmonizers
  • Justin Bieber – Beliebers
  • Katy Perry – KatyCats
  • Lady Gaga – Little Monsters
  • Rihanna – Rihanna Navy
  • Selena Gomez – Selenators
  • Shawn Mendes – Mendes Army
  • twenty one pilots – #twentyonepilots