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

Karol G’s “Tusa,” Featuring Nicki Minaj Named the Most “Shazamed” Latin Track of 2020

Karol G is having a Shazam-azing year…

Shazam has announced its most “Shazamed” songs in 2020 by genre, with the 29-year-old Colombian singer leading the Latin pack.

Karol G

Karol G’s chart-topping single “Tusa,” featuring Nicki Minaj is the most Shazamed single in the Latin category.

Here’s a look at the genre leaders of 2020:

Pop: Dance Monkey – Tones And I
Dance: Roses (Imanbek Remix) – SAINt JHN
R&B/Soul: Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
Alternative : Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi
Hip-Hop/Rap: death bed (feat. beabadoobee) [coffee for your head] – Powfu
Latin: Tusa – KAROL G & Nicki Minaj

The genre leaders list caps off a strong year for Shazam, which increased its reach due in part to a deeper integration into Apple’s iPhones and iPads in iOS 14 that allows users to identify songs from their device’s control center. The service revamped its iOS app earlier this week to increase the focus on music discovery, improving the layout and making its charts available on the search page.

Bad Bunny Leads Billboard’s Top Latin Artists Chart for Second Straight Year

Make that two in a row for Bad Bunny

Billboard has released its 2020 year-end Top Latin Artists chart, with the 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer-songwriter coming in at No. 1 for the second consecutive year.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny also ranks as the Top Male Artist.

Bad Bunny notched a field-dominating 41 charting songs on the airplay-, streaming- and digital sales-blended Hot Latin Songs chart during the tracking year (five of them spent time at No. 1, seeding a booming closing year for the artist whose full name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio). Plus, on the Top Latin Albums chart, he spent 45 weeks at No. 1 during the chart year with three different No. 1 albums.

J Balvin is the runner-up on the year-end Top Latin Artists chart, Ozuna comes in third place, while Anuel AA, Sech and Maluma are Nos. 4-6, respectively. The male reggaetón brigade in the top 10 is closed by Myke Towers at No. 10.

Karol G leads the female flock closing as the Top Female Artist for a second year in a row (and the only woman in the year-end top 10).

The 29-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter comes in as the No. 8 artist; she was No. 9 in 2019. (Shakira was the lone woman in the top 10 in 2018 and 2017.)

Karol G was the only female act who mostly records in Spanish to reach No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart during the 2020 chart year. She topped the list with “Tusa,” a collaboration with hip-hop superstar Nicki Minaj, which led the list for four weeks.

Newcomer Natanael Cano earns the No. 7 spot on the Top Latin Artists chart (he’s also the Top New Artist).

The 19-year-old Mexican musician’s year-end finish was aided by his seven charting hits on the Hot Latin Songs chart during the chart year, along with his album Corridos Tumbados spending half of the year locked in the weekly top 10 of the Top Latin Albums chart, placing him as one of the trailblazers of the corridos tumbados squad.

Eslabon Armado is the Top Duo/Group.

The Mexican group’s debut album Tu Veneno Mortal arrived in the top 10 on the weekly Top Latin Albums chart dated May 16 (peaking at No. 7 in July), and then, just a few months later, the teenage trio’s second album, Vibras de Noche, bowed at No. 1 (Aug. 1). It was the second title by a regional Mexican act to open at No. 1 in 2020, and earned the year’s biggest week — at that point — for a regional Mexican album in terms of equivalent album units. The Pedro Tovar-led ensemble leads the year-end Top Latin Artists – Duo/Group ranking.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps represent aggregated metrics for each artist, title, label and music contributor on the weekly charts dated November 23, 2019, through November 14, 2020. The rankings for Nielsen Music/MRC Data-based year-end recaps reflect equivalent album units, airplay, sales or streaming during the weeks that the titles appeared on a respective chart during the tracking year. Any activity registered before or after a title’s chart run isn’t considered in these rankings. That methodology detail, and the November-November time period, account for some of the difference between these lists and the calendar-year recaps that are independently compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

J Balvin: Deezer’s Most Streamed International Artist for Third Consecutive Year

J Balvin is livin’ the stream

Deezer has revealed its top streaming acts of 2020, with the Colombian reggaeton singer, known as the Prince of Reggaeton, the most streamed international artist for a third straight year.

J BalvinJ

J Balvin, beat out The Weeknd to take the top spot in the overall category, also ranks No. 1 on the Top 10 International Male Artists chart. His collaboration with the Black Eyes Peas, RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)” comes in at No. 9 on the Top 10 International Tracks list.

 

Bad Bunny comes in at No. 3 on the Top 10 International Male Artists, while the 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton star also ranks No. 3 on the Top 10 International Male Artists list.

 

Anitta ranks as the top Latina artist on Deezer’s year-end lists…

The 27-year-old Brazilian singer/songwriter comes in at No. 7 on the Top 10 international artists list and at No. 4 on the Top 10 International Female Artists chart.

Karol G, who comes in at No. 10 on the Top 10 International Female Artists chart, has the highest-ranking Spanish track on the charts.

The Colombian singer-songwriter’s chart-topping collaboration with Nicki Minaj, “Tusa,” comes in at No. 5 on the Top 10 International Tracks chart.

Other Latin artists making an appearance on one of the Deezer lists… Ozuna and Daddy Yankee.

 

“This is the year of home confinement and social distancing,” said Frédéric Antelme, Deezer’s VP of content and productions. “Streaming helped many people cope and it may be telling that the Top 10 tracks this year are all international, dancey, and positive.

“We also saw some interesting trends, with 40% of our top 20 international albums made by black artists, compared to a quarter the year before. And our top 10 streamed international acts were equally split between genders this year. Music has always reflected the underlying dynamics of our society and 2020 is no different. I can’t wait to see what 2021 brings.”

Top 10 international artists 
1.      J Balvin
2.      The Weeknd
3.      Bad Bunny
4.      Dua Lipa
5.      Billie Eilish
6.      Lady Gaga
7.      Anitta
8.      Eminem
9.      Ed Sheeran
10.    Ariana Grande

Top 10 international female artists 
1.      Dua Lipa
2.      Billie Eilish
3.      Lady Gaga
4.      Anitta
5.      Ariana Grande
6.      Rihanna
7.      Sia
8.      Beyoncé
9.      Nicki Minaj
10.    Karol G

Top 10 international male artists 
1.      J Balvin
2.      The Weeknd
3.      Bad Bunny
4.      Eminem
5.      Ed Sheeran
6.      Queen
7.      Ozuna
8.      Justin Bieber
9.      Daddy Yankee
10.    Drake

Top 10 international tracks
1.      Dance Monkey – Tones and I
2.      Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
3.      Roses (Imanbek Remix) – Saint Jhn
4.      Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
5.      Tusa – Karol G, Nicki Minaj
6.      Ride It – Regard
7.      The Box – Roddy Ricch
8.      bad guy – Billie Eilish
9.      RITMO (Bad Boys For Life) – Black Eyed Peas, J Balvin
10.    Say So – Doja Cat

Top 10 international albums 
1.      After Hours – The Weeknd
2.      When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish
3.      The Kids Are Coming – Tones and I
4.      Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon – Pop Smoke
5.      Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial – Roddy Ricch
6.      Hot Pink – Doja Cat
7.      Fine Line – Harry Styles
8.      Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
9.      Chromatica – Lady Gaga
10.    Music To Be Murdered By – Eminem

Bad Bunny Wins First-Ever American Music Award Prizes of His Career

Bad Bunny is celebrating a big night…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton superstar took home two trophies at this year’s American Music Awards, the most of any Latinx artist.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny, who picked up the first-ever AMAs of his career, beat himself in the Favorite Album – Latin category. His second studio album YHLQMDLG, which became the highest-charting all-Spanish album ever on the Billboard 200 at number two when it debuted in February, won against his own Las que no iban a salir, the surprise follow-up album he released two months later. He also beat out Anuel AA’s Emmanuel for the coveted trophy.

Bad Bunny, who had to cancel his scheduled performance on the show due to testing positive for COVID-19, also won in the Favorite Male Artist – Latin category.

Becky G picked up her first AMAs trophy…

The 23-year-old Mexican American bilingual singer/rapper took home the award for Favorite Female Artist- Latin.

Becky G gave a heartwarming acceptance speech that celebrated her Mexican and immigrant heritage. She told fans she “proudly waves both flags Mexican and American.” She went on to dedicate the award to immigrant parents, students, and her abuelitos.

Karol G took home her first-ever American Music Awards prize – in the Favorite Song – Latin category – for her chart-topping “Tusa” single, featuring Nicki Minaj; while Cardi B won in the Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop category for her Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion.

Hosted by Taraji P. Henson, this in-person ceremony aired on ABC and was wildly socially distanced with cardboard cutouts of Beyonce, Jay Z, Dolly Parton and others in the orchestra section of the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, select masked fans who were tested for COVID and socially distanced were in the balcony of the theater to provide live energy to performers that included Jennifer Lopez, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Darius Rucker, BTS as well as the unexpected duet of The Weeknd and Kenny G.

Here’s the full list of winners:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Doja Cat

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours”

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST
BTS

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
Taylor Swift, “Cardigan”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Justin Bieber

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
BTS

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Harry Styles, “Fine Line”

FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK
Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Kane Brown

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST- COUNTRY
Maren Morris

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY
Dan + Shay

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Blake Shelton, “Fully Loaded: God’s Country”

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Juice WRLD

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Nicki Minaj

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Roddy Ricch, “Please Forgive Me For Being Anti Social”

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Doja Cat

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
The Weeknd, “After Hours”

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B
The Weeknd, “Heartless”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – LATIN
Bad Bunny

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST- LATIN
Becky G

FAVORITE ALBUM – LATIN
Bad Bunny, “YHLQMDLG”

FAVORITE SONG – LATIN
Karol G & Nicki Minaj, “Tusa”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Twenty One Pilots

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Jonas Brothers

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Lauren Daigle

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
Lady Gaga

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
“Birds of Prey: The Album”

Cash Money Records Signs Luis Armando as First Artist in New Latin Division

Luis Armando is makin’ (cash) money moves…

Cash Money Records has officially announced the creation of a Latin music division with the launch of the Puerto Rican emerging artist.

Luis Armando

Cash Money was founded by brothers Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams in 1992. The new Latin division is a joint venture with Taste Music Group and major label support from Republic Records and Universal Music Latin.

“Urban Latin music is taking a similar course as we saw with Hip Hop during the 80s and 90s as it grew, evolved and fought to be accepted in the mainstream,” says Slim.

“It’s not just reggaeton anymore, it’s now evolving its subgenres (such as Latin Trap) and making them popular culture. At Cash Money we saw all that from the start in Hip Hop and we’re excited to adapt our lessons in helping develop Latin talent that also stands grounded in the Hip Hop world from day 1. With the guidance of various long-time Latin music experts such as Carlos Rivas, who is Cash Money’s Latin A&R, as well as our counterparts at Republic and Universal Latin we’re excited to venture into this new space as a label.”

As one of Hip-Hop’s reputable record labels, Cash Money has been home to some of the industry’s biggest names including DrakeLil’ Wayne, and Nicki Minaj. Now, the label believes it can transfer its know-how to the Latin market.

“Slim and Baby have the ability to spot talent like no other, they’ve proven that for many years,” Vernon Brown, Cash Money’s long-time attorney, and business manager, tells Billboard. “There’s a big confidence and commitment behind anything they touch. I think the ability to now bring Latin artists and see the merge is only going to be a positive result for any artist.”

Luis Armando, who was raised in Ohio, is the label’s first-ever recording Latin artist, making his debut with “Chica Mala” in collaboration with reggaeton veteran Ñengo Flow.

“We want our artists to be consistent, talented, and ready to work,” Slim says. “Someone who has that passion and drive and a vision of how great they want to be. If they’ve got that attitude, we’ll give it a shot. We believe in the new talents. Luis Armando is our first, but we’re excited to discover and help develop more talent as we move forward.”

The melodic urban fusions with tropical rhythms heard in “Chica Mala” puts Armando’s fresh musical proposal in the forefront.

Karol G: The Top Female Winner at This Year’s MTV European Music Awards

Karol G is celebrating a big run at the 2020 MTV European Music Awards.

The 29-year-old Colombian singer picked up two awards at the MTV EMAs, the most of any female artist for the night, and the first of her career.

Karol G

Karol G won in the Best Collaboration category for “Tusa,” her chart-topping predominantly Spanish single, featuring Nicki Minaj.

It’s the second consecutive year the winner in the Best Collaboration category is a Spanish track. Last year’s winner: Rosalia and J Balvin’s “Con Altura,”featuring El Guincho.

Karol G also took home the inaugural Best Latin award. She was the only female nominated in the category, beating out Maluma, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Ozuna and her boyfriend Anuel AA.

Cardi B took home the award for Best Hip Hop.

The 28-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar is only the second female artist to win in that category, following Minaj, a five-time winner in the category.

Here’s a look at all of the MTV EMA winners.

Best Video: DJ Khaled feat. Drake — “Popstar”
Best Artist: Lady Gaga
Best Song:
BTS — “Dynamite”
Best Collaboration: Karol G feat. Nicki Minaj — “Tusa”
Best Pop: Little Mix
Best Group: BTS
Best New: Doja Cat
Biggest Fans
: BTS
Best Latin
: Karol G
Best Rock
: Coldplay
Best Hip Hop: Cardi B
Best Electronic: David Guetta
Best Alternative
: Hayley Williams
Video for Good
: H.E.R. — “I Can’t Breathe”
Best Push
: YUNGBLUD
Best Virtual Live: BTS BANG BANG CON — The Live

Bad Bunny Earns Four American Music Award Nominations

Bad Bunny’s crossover into the American music scene continues…

This year’s American Music Awards nominations have been revealed, with the 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer earning four nods.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny is nominated in the Favorite Male Artist – Latin category for the second year in a row. In addition he earned two nods in the Favorite Album – Latin category for his chart-topping albums YHLQMDLG and Las que no iban a salir.

His fourth nod comes in the Favorite Song – Latin category for his hot single “Vete.”

Nipping on Bad Bunny’s heels… his Oasis album collaborator J Balvin, with two nods.

The 35-year-old Colombian singer is nominated in the Favorite Male Artist – Latin category, as well as Favorite Song – Latin for his smash Black Eyes Peas collaboration “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life).”

Cardi B is the Latina artist with the most nods.

The 28-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar is nominated in three categories.

Cardi B is up for Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop, as well as Collaboration Of The Year and Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop for her chart-topping hit single WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion.

Karol G has picked up her first-ever American Music Award nods…

The 29-year-old Colombian singer is nominated for Favorite Female Artist – Latin and Favorite Song – Latin For her No. 1 collaboration with Nicki Minaj, “Tusa.”

Jhene Aiko picked up a Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B nod, while Anuel AA earned a nod for Favorite Album – Latin  for his acclaimed album Emmanuel.

Other nominees include Ozuna (Favorite Males Artist – Male), and Becky G and Rosalia in the Favorite Female Artist – Latin category.

 

The ceremony is set to take place live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 22 at 8:00 pm EST/PST on ABC.

This year, the AMAs added new categories to their slate including Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Female Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop); and Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Female, Favorite Album and Favorite Song (Latin).

The AMAs are the worlds largest fan-voted award show and is seen in over 200 countries and territories around the world. Voting is now open for all AMA categories.

Here’s the complete list of nominations:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Justin Bieber
Post Malone
Roddy Ricch
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lewis Capaldi
Doja Cat
DaBaby
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Megan Thee Stallion

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch “Rockstar”
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours”
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande “Rain On Me”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé “Savage Remix”

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST
BTS
Billie Eilish
EXO
Ariana Grande
NCT 127

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
Doja Cat “Say So”
Future ft. Drake “Life Is Good”
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande “Rain On Me”
Taylor Swift “cardigan”
The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Justin Bieber
Post Malone
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST –  POP/ROCK
Dua Lipa
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
BTS
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Harry Styles “Fine Line”
Taylor Swift “folklore”
The Weeknd “After Hours”

FAVORITE SONG –  POP/ROCK
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
Dua Lipa “Don’t Start Now”
Post Malone “Circles”
Roddy Ricch “The Box”
The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST –  COUNTRY
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST –  COUNTRY
Gabby Barrett
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Luke Combs “What You See Is What You Get”
Blake Shelton “Fully Loaded: God’s Country”
Morgan Wallen “If I Know Me”

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours”
Maren Morris “The Bones”
Blake Shelton (Duet with Gwen Stefani) “Nobody But You”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
DaBaby
Juice WRLD
Roddy Ricch

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B
Nicki Minaj
Megan Thee Stallion

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Lil Baby “My Turn”
Lil Uzi Vert “Eternal Atake”
Roddy Ricch “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial”

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch “Rockstar”
Roddy Ricch “The Box”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown
John Legend
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST –  SOUL/R&B
Jhene Aiko
Doja Cat
Summer Walker

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Doja Cat “Hot Pink”
Summer Walker “Over It”
The Weeknd “After Hours”

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Summer Walker “Playing Games”
The Weeknd “Heartless”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – LATIN
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – LATIN
Becky G
KAROL G
Rosalía

FAVORITE ALBUM – LATIN
Anuel AA ”Emmanuel”
Bad Bunny “Las que no iban a salir”
Bad Bunny “YHLQMDLG”

FAVORITE SONG – LATIN
Bad Bunny “Vete”
Black Eyed Peas X J Balvin “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”
KAROL G & Nicki Minaj “Tusa”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Billie Eilish
Tame Impala
twenty one pilots

FAVORITE ARTIST –  ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Lewis Capaldi
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5

FAVORITE ARTIST –  CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Lauren Daigle
for KING & COUNTRY
Kanye West

FAVORITE ARTIST –  ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
Kygo
Lady Gaga
Marshmello

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
Birds of Prey: The Album
Frozen II
Trolls: World Tour

J Balvin Earns 13 Latin Grammy Award Nominations, Including Two for Album of the Year

J Balvin is the man to beat…

The Latin Grammy Award nominations have been announced, with the 35-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer leading the pack of nominees with 13 nominations.

J Balvin

J Balvin’s nominations include two for album of the year and two for record of the year (“Rojo” & “China”).

Balvin has a chance to win his first album of the year prize — a category with 10 contenders — thanks to his fifth solo album “Colores” and “Oasis,” his collaborative project with Bad Bunny. Other nominees include Bad Bunny’s sophomore release “YHLQMDLG” as well as albums from Ricky Martin, Carlos Vives, Jesse & Joy, Kany García, Natalia Lafourcade, Camilo and Fito Paez.

Bad Bunny received nine nominations, including two for album of the year (YHLQMDLG & Oasis) and one for record of the year (“Vete”).

Ozuna has eight nominations, including one for record of the year (“China”).

For record of the year, which also has 10 nominees, contenders include popular hip-hop-flavored Latin songs that have dominated the Latin music charts and earned hundreds of millions plays on streaming services, with some even reaching the billion-mark on YouTube, including Karol G and Nicki Minaj’s global hit “Tusa” and “China” by Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna, Balvin and Marco Masis. Other nominees include Balvin’s “Rojo” and Bad Bunny’s “Vete.”

“Tusa” is the sole Latin trap nominee in the song of the year category, where 11 tracks are in contention. It’s a departure for Karol G, who didn’t receive a single nomination last year and was part of the group of uber-successful Latin trap and reggaeton artists who were dissed in top categories like album, song and record of the year.

This year, the 29-year-old Colombian performer, who was named best new artist in 2018, has four nominations, including two shared with Minaj. Karol G’s fiance, Puerto Rican rapper-singer Anuel AA, marked a major breakthrough this year as a first-time nominee. He scored seven nominations, including a bid for best new artist.

“Over the last year, we continued engaging in discussions with our members to improve the awards process and actively encouraged diverse Latin music creators to join and participate,” Latin Academy President and CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. said in a statement, calling this year’s nominees “a group that reflects the constant evolution of Latin music.”

As a result of last year’s debacle social media exploded as Latin artists posted images of the Grammy logo with a large red “X″ across it, with words on the image reading in Spanish: “Without reggaeton, there’s no Latin Grammys.” Balvin even skipped the live show and Bad Bunny, who won best urban music album during the telecast, told the audience: “With all due respect, reggaeton is part of the Latin culture.”

To honor Latin rap and reggaeton performers, the Latin Grammys added new categories this year, including best reggaeton performance and best rap/hip-hop song.

Balvin’s 13 nominations includes several categories where he will compete with himself: Outside of album and record of the year, he’s a double nominee in the best urban music album, best urban fusion/performance and best reggaeton performance categories. Ozuna and Bad Bunny will also compete with themselves in several categories.

Others who scored multiple nominations include Juanes, Martin, Alejandro Sanz, Camilo, Carlos Vives, Kany García and Residente, the most decorated winner in the history of Latin Grammys. Rosalía, who won album of the year last year and became the first solo female performer to win the top honor since Shakira’s triumph in 2006, earned four nominations this year.

Apart from Minaj’s two nominations, other popular American artists who will compete for awards include rapper Travis Scott (best short form music video for “TKN” with Rosalía); jazz master Chick Corea and his Spanish Heart Band (best Latin jazz/jazz album for “Antidote”); DJ-producer Diplo (best urban song for “Rave de Favela” ); and rapper Tyga (best reggaeton performance for “Loco Contigo” with DJ Snake and Balvin). Justin Bieber’s right-hand songwriter, Jason Boyd aka Poo Bear, earned an album of the year nomination for his work on Jesse & Joy’s “Aire (Versión Día).”

The 21st annual Latin Grammy Awards will air live on November 19 on Univision. The nominees in the 53 categories were selected from more than 18,000 entries. Songs and albums released between June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020 were eligible for nomination.

Click here to see the full Latin Grammy nominations.

Cardi B Makes History in the U.K. as “WAP,” Featuring Megan Thee Stallion, Rises to the No. 1 Spot on Singles Chart

Cardi B’s wap-ping her way into the music history books…

The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar’s smash “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, has reached the No. 1 spot on the U.K. charts.

Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion

Cardi B’s “WAP” rises 2-1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, to become the first-ever female rap collaboration to reach the summit in the U.K.

After two weeks at No. 2, the track snags 65,000 charts sales, including 8.5 million streams, to take the title, the Official Charts Company reports.

It’s a personal best for both artists. Cardi B’s previous peak on the U.K. chart was No. 5 for 2018’s “Finesse,” her collaboration with Bruno Mars. Megan’s previous high point was a No. 3 for “Savage” in May of this year.

“WAP” is just the second female-led single to hit the top this year, following Lady Gaga’s “Rain On Me” featuring Ariana Grande in May.

You’d have to go back to September 2014 for the last all-female collaboration to hit No. 1, Jessie J, Grande and Nicki Minaj’s “Bang Bang”.