The winners were announced online after BMI canceled its March 31 awards ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other top winners include songwriter/producer Gaby Music, aka Juan Rivera Vazquez, who won contemporary Latin songwriter of the year for “Taki Taki,” sharing the honor with Ozuna, Dimelo Vi‘s Vicente Saavedra and Jorden “Pardison Fontaine” Thorpe.
Christian Nodal‘s “No Te Contaron Mal,” penned by Edgar Barrera, was named regional Mexican song of the year. The track spent 38 weeks atop Billboard’s Regional Mexican Songs chart.
The regional Mexican songwriter of the year award went to Geovani Cabrera for “A Través Del Vaso,” “El Lujo De Tenerte,” “Segunda Opción” and “Te Darán Ganas De Verme,” bringing his career total to 12 BMI Latin Awards.
The BMI Latin publisher of the year award, for the fifth year in a row, went to Sony/ATV Music Publishing with 16 of the most-performed songs, including “Taki Taki,” “Ambiente,” “Amigos Con Derechos,” among others.
“Music is more important than ever in times like these, and we are extremely proud to honor the Latin songwriters behind the year’s most-performed songs,” said Mike O’Neill, president and CEO of BMI. “From Regional Mexican to Contemporary Latin, the diversity and creativity of this genre are limitless, and we are thrilled to celebrate the artistry that goes into creating the best in Latin music today. We look forward to celebrating with everyone in person at next year’s ceremony.”
Wisin & Yandel, who were slated to receive BMI’s president’s award this year, will now be honored at the 2021 BMI Latin Awards.
The 28-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer will take his concert online, kicking off the Latinos Unidos Live streaming festival this Saturday, May 16 on YouTube.
Ozuna, and artists like him, don’t want shelter in place orders in most Latin American countries to keep them from enjoying their music. So they’re offering livestream concerts free of charge or as a way of raising money for COVID-19-related relief.
Latinos Unidos features multiple Latin beer brands like Victoria, Corona and Aguila coming together to raise money for specific non-profit organizations in countries like Colombia and Guatemala that are helping the most vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19.
Latinos Unidos will kick off on May 16 with Ozuna’s concert on his YouTube channel. The virtual music festival will go on until May 30 with multiple Latin artists set to perform.
“¡Mi gente! Your favorite Latin beers and I invite you to join us during the #LatinosUnidos live so we can dance, sing and help our Latin brothers and sisters that need our help,” Ozuna said.
For now, the only other artist confirmed to perform is Brazilian superstar Anitta.
Others will be announced during tomorrow’s livestream.
According to a press release, money raised during the live stream concerts will benefit organizations like Fundación Solidaridad por Colombia to buy ventilators that’ll be distributed to the Health Department in Chocó, located in Colombia’s Pacific Coast region.
In Guatemala, funds will be directed to “El Amor en Caja” which has been supporting families with food and hygiene products during the global health crisis.
The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap sensation and Puerto Rican urban singer Anuel AA are helping take Secreto El Biberon, Black Jonas Poin tand Liro Shaq’s “La Bebe” to the next level on the song’s remix.
“It is exciting to know that Cardi B and Anuel AA are joining us to release the La Bebe remix,” said the rising trio. “It’s more than a dream come true and we hope all of our fans enjoy it to the fullest.”
The original cut, produced by BlackFreestylo and Geral La Melodia, was released in December with the video garnering more than 33 million views on YouTube.
The new version, released under the GLAD Empire and Flow La Movie labels, features Cardi B rapping entirely in Spanish.
Cardi B previously rapped and sang in Spanish on her hit collaboration with Ozuna, “La Modelo.”
The 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer’s single “KEII” has reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart.
“KEII” leads the list in its 11th week on the survey and picks up a 48% increase in audience impressions (to 15.9 million) earned in the week ending April 26, according to Nielsen Music.
It’s his third No. 1 on the Latin Airplay chart. He’s previously reached the summit with “China,” featuring Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna and J Balvin, and the “Otro Trago Remix” with Sech, Ozuna, Nicky Jam and Darrell.
The song also tops the Latin Rhythm Airplaychart dated May 2, 2020 as song the jumps 6-1.
The 25-year-old Latin trap and reggaeton singer is heading for a historic debut on the Billboard 200 chart with his new album YHLQMDLG.
Forecasters believe the set, which was released late in the evening on February 28 via Rimas, could debut at No. 2 on next week’s Billboard 200 chart and earn between 125,000 and 145,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 5.
That would mark the biggest week for a Latin album, in units earned, since Billboard began tracking titles by equivalent album units in December 2014.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the March 14-dated Billboard 200 chart (where YHLQMDLGcould debut at No. 2) is scheduled to be revealed via Billboard’s website on Sunday, March 8.
Most of YHLQMDLG’s starting sum will be powered by streaming activity, with perhaps as much as 25,000 generated by album sales. Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG is profiting from merchandise/album bundle offers sold through his official webstore.
Further,YHLQMDLG will likely land the biggest streaming week ever for a Latin album, surpassing the record set by Ozuna’s Aura, which bowed with 53.2 million on-demand audio streams, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data (chart dated Sept. 8, 2018).
Bad Bunny has charted two previous albums on the Billboard 200: Oasis (with J Balvin, No. 9) and X 100PRE (No. 11), both in 2019.
The 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singeris set to speak at this year’s LatinFest+ by Billboard and Telemundo, taking place from April 20 to 23 in Las Vegas.
He’ll participate in a panel titled “Viva Live with Anuel,” where he’ll talk about the making of his upcoming new album to be released under Sony Music Latin.
Anuel earned his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albumschart with his 2018 debut album Real Hasta la Muerte(on the list dated July 28).
After the global success of hits like “Ella Quiere Beber,” “Secreto,” and “China,” his new single “KEII” opens at No. 3 on the Hot Latin Songschart (dated February 22), earning him his first top 10 debut of the year on the tally and his 14th top 10 overall.
The new single, which is Japanese for “respect,” adds his 14th top 10 on the list, following “Me Gusta,” his collaboration with Shakira(No. 6 peak).
Other stars confirmed so far to participate at Latinfest+ include Ozuna, J Balvin, Rosalia, Carlos Vives, and Los Tigres del Norte. Sech, Lunay, Manuel Turizo, Natanael Cano, Cazzu, Mariah, Myke Towers, and Jhay Cortezwill also participate as part of the “On The Rise: The New Generation of Urban Men and Women” panel.
Formerly known as Billboard Latin Music Week, the three-day event and panel series, which has been revamped and expanded in a partnership with Telemundo, will unite Latin music’s top artists and industry leaders. The inaugural Latinfest+ also marks the 30th anniversary of Billboard’s Latin Music Conference, the longest-running and biggest Latin music gathering in the world.
The 30-year-old Puerto Rican hit-making producer and songwriter captures the essence of the reggaetón he was raised on “Nada,” the just-released single off his forthcoming debut solo EP The Kids That Grew Up On Reggaeton: Neon Tapes.
Featuring Lauren Jaureguiand C. Tangana, “Nada” crosses language and genre barriers with Jauregui’s soulful pop vocals filtering Spanish and English lyrics and C. Tangana’s electronically-tinged trap verses.
The song has a sexual flare to it, as both singers reject the notion of marriage but bemoan that they’re giving each other “nada” or nothing with their undefined yet playful relationship.
The Elliot Muscat/The Garden-directed music video is set in Miami, Fla. where Tainy launched his NEON16 studio, showing the city’s raw, yet vibrant landscapes from green palm trees cascading over a vintage red Mercedes Benz that the former Fifth Harmony member rests on to turquoise-colored houses where Tainy kicks back with the guys.
The Kids That Grew Up On Reggaeton: Neon Tapes marks Tainy’s first solo venture after working with the likes of Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Anuel AA, Ozuna and more Latin popstars in his accelerating successful career, spanning 47 Hot Latin Songs entries and a No. 1 producer ranking last year on Billboard‘s Latin Producers chart (dated July 20).
“Nada” marks a pivotal cross-cultural moment in Tainy’s reggaetón speciality, democratizing the Latin urban genre for both mainstream American and Latin artists. “You can’t go too drastic when you’re creating records for the Latin market; it’s about expanding what their ear is used to,” Tainy told Billboardin an interview last month. “The American market has more liberty. Hearing the essence of reggaetón from [his production team] Luny Tunes, but listening to different chords from The Neptunes or how big and full Timbaland‘s percussion sounds [are] and adding those pop and electronic elements [influences my work].”
Hailed as one the breakthrough artists of the world last year, Rosalía was the only newcomer to secure a spot on Billboard’s year-end Top Latin Artistschart and one of only six female acts to claim a spot on the 50-deep male predominant list. She has steadily populated the Latin charts captivating the industry with her flamenco genre-bending sonority and stylistic musical collision making her a trailblazer of the genre.
Her second-studio album, the flamenco-pop-urban tinged El Mal Quererdebuted at No. 10 on the Top Latin Albumschart and Rosalía has claimed four titles on the Hot Latin Songs chart, including “Con Altura,” with J Balvinand El Guincho, which peaked at No. 13 and won best urban song at the 2019 Latin Grammyawards.
Formerly known as Billboard Latin Music Week, the now substantially bigger weeklong event and panel series will unite Latin’s top artists, including Los Tigres del Norte, Ozunaand J Balvin, to celebrate Hispanic music and entertainment at large.
The inaugural Latinfest+ also marks the 30th anniversary of Billboard’s Latin Music Conference, the longest-running and biggest Latin music gathering in the world.
Latinfest+ will be an immersive, weeklong experience for the Latin entertainment industry, artists, executives and fans and will include superstar conversations, industry panels and workshops, celebrity fireside chats, live concerts, fan experiences and live activations of some of Billboard’s most celebrated franchises, including On the Riseand Growing Up Latino.
The full-run week of activities culminates with the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live April 23 on Telemundo. Finalists for the awards will be announced in February.
William Morris Endeavor (WME) has announced that the agency will represent the 30-year-old Puerto Rican record producer and songwriter, whose real name is Marco Masis, in all areas worldwide.
Tainy, who continues to be managed by Lex Borreroat Neon16, will work across all departments of the agency to build his business. Billboard hasconfirmed that this is the first time he’s been represented by a talent agency.
After a successful 2019 as an artist, landing at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Latin Producerschart for 26 consecutive weeks, Tainy crowned the year-end Hot Latin Songs Producerschart, followed by DJ Snake, Mambo Kingz and DJ Luian.
His roster includes recent chart-topping hits such as Cardi B’s “I Like It,” “Callaita” in collaboration with Bad Bunny, “Adicto” in collaboration with Anuel AAandOzuna, and “I Can’t Get Enough,” for which he teamed up with Benny Blanco, Selena Gomez and J Balvin.
Tainy is currently nominated for best Latin rock, urban or alternative album at the 2020 Grammy Awardsfor his work on Bad Bunny’s X 100Preand on J Balvinand Bad Bunny’s joint album Oasis.
The iHeartRadio Music Awards nominated have been revealed, with the 22-year-old Mexican/Cuban singer picking up six nods, the most of any Latina/o artist.
Cabello earned nods in the Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Lyrics and Best Music Video categories for “Señorita,” her chart-topping collaboration with Shawn Mendes.
Cabello is also up for Best Fan Army, as well as Best Cover Song for her cover of Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved.”
Cardi B has picked up four nods…
The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar is nominated for Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, as well as Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Money.”
Cardi B is also nominated for Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year for her collaboration with DJ Snake, Ozuna and Selena Gomez, “Taki Taki,” as well as Best Remix for appearing on Blueface’s “Thotiana” alongside YG.
Daddy Yankee has picked up four nominations…
The 42-year-old Puerto Rican rapper/singer, a nominee in the Latin Pop/Urban Artist of the Year category,is also up for Best Music Video, Best Remix and Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year for his hit single“Con Calma.”
Bad Bunny has received three nods…
The 25-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer picked up two nods in the Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year category, for his single “MIA” featuring Drake, and “Que Pretendes, his collaboration with J Balvin.
Bad Bunny is also up for Latin Pop/Urban Artist of the Year.
J Balvin is also a three-time nominee this year…
The 34-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer is nominated for Latin Pop/Urban Artist of the Year, as well as Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year for “Que Pretendes” with Bad Bunny, and Best Music Video for “Con Altura” withRosalía and El Guincho.
Spanish singer/songwriter Rosalia, 26, is also nominated for Best New Latin Pop/Urban Artist. She’s nominated alongside Camilo, Guaynaa, Lunayand Sech.
Selena Gomezhas picked up three nods…
The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress is up for Best Lyrics for her first-ever chart-topper “Lose You To Love Me.” She’s also up for Best Fan Army and Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year for “Taki Taki.”
The iHeartRadio Music Awards recognize the most-played names and songs throughout iHeartRadio‘s stations and apps.
Other multiple nominees include Ozuna, Calibre 50, El Fantasmaand Christian Nodal.
Fans will have the opportunity to vote for several categories, including best fan army, best lyrics, best cover song, best music video, best remix, the social star award, favorite tour photographer and the first-ever favorite music video choreography award.
Voting is available now, through Twitter using the appropriate category and nominee hashtags or by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards, and will close on March 23 at 8 p.m. ET, except for best fan army, which will run until March 27 at 9:00 am ET.
The 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards will air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on March 29 at 8:00 pm ET on Fox.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
Song of the Year “bad guy” – Billie Eilish “Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X “Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Sucker” – Jonas Brothers “Truth Hurts” – Lizzo
Female Artist of the Year Ariana Grande Billie Eilish Halsey Lizzo Taylor Swift
Male Artist of the Year Ed Sheeran Khalid Luke Combs Post Malone Shawn Mendes
Best Duo/Group of the Year Dan + Shay Imagine Dragons Jonas Brothers Maroon 5 Panic! At The Disco
Best Collaboration “Dancing With A Stranger” – Sam Smith & Normani “Eastside” – benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid “I Don’t Care” – Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Sunflower” – Post Malone & Swae Lee
Best New Pop Artist: Ava Max FLETCHER Lewis Capaldi Lil Nas X Lizzo
Alternative Rock Song of the Year “bad guy” – Billie Eilish “Doin’ Time” – Lana Del Rey “Ready To Let Go” – Cage The Elephant “The Hype” – twenty one pilots “Trampoline” – SHAED
Alternative Rock Artist of the Year Billie Eilish Cage The Elephant Imagine Dragons Panic! At The Disco twenty one pilots
Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist Dirty Honey Dominic Fike Matt Maeson SHAED The Glorious Sons
Rock Song of the Year “Blue On Black” – Five Finger Death Punch “Ghost” – Badflower “Lo/Hi” – The Black Keys “Monsters” – Shinedown “S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)” – The Glorious Sons
Rock Artist of the Year Disturbed Five Finger Death Punch Godsmack Greta Van Fleet Shinedown
Country Song of the Year “Beautiful Crazy” – Luke Combs “GIRL” – Maren Morris “God’s Country” – Blake Shelton “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” – Justin Moore “Whiskey Glasses” – Morgan Wallen
Country Artist of the Year Carrie Underwood Dan + Shay Luke Bryan Luke Combs Thomas Rhett
Best New Country Artist Jimmie Allen Matt Stell Morgan Wallen Riley Green Runaway June
Dance Song of the Year “Body” – Loud Luxury featuring brando “Close To Me” – Ellie Goulding, Diplo featuring Swae Lee “Here With Me” – Marshmello featuring Chvrches “Higher Love” – Kygo & Whitney Houston “So Close” – NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cutsv featuring Georgia Ku
Dance Artist of the Year Diplo Kygo Loud Luxury Marshmello The Chainsmokers
Hip-Hop Song of the Year “Going Bad” – Meek Mill featuring Drake “Money In The Grave” – Drake featuring Rick Ross “Money” – Cardi B “Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X “Suge” – DaBaby
Hip-Hop Artist of the Year Cardi B Drake Lil Baby Meek Mill Travis Scott
Best New Hip-Hop Artist City Girls DaBaby Lil Nas X Lizzo Megan Thee Stallion
R&B Song of the Year “Before I Let Go (Homecoming Live Album)” – Beyoncé “Girls Need Love (Remix)” – Summer Walker & Drake “No Guidance” – Chris Brown featuring Drake “Shot Clock” – Ella Mai “Talk” – Khalid
R&B Artist of the Year Chris Brown Ella Mai H.E.R. Khalid Summer Walker
Best New R&B Artist Ari Lennox LightSkinKeisha Nicole Bus Summer Walker The Bonfyre
Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year “Calma” – Pedro Capó & Alicia Keys featuring Farruko “Con Calma” – Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry featuring Snow “MIA” – Bad Bunny featuring Drake “QUE PRETENDES” – J Balvin & Bad Bunny “Taki Taki” – DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B
Latin Pop/Urban Artist of the Year Bad Bunny Daddy Yankee J Balvin Maluma Ozuna
Best New Latin Pop/Urban Artist Camilo Guaynaa Lunay Rosalía Sech
Regional Mexican Song of the Year “¿Por Qué Cambiaste De Opinión” – Calibre 50 “A Través Del Vaso” – Banda Los Sebastianes “Con Todo Incluido” – La Adictiva Banda San José De Mesillas “Encantadora” – El Fantasma “Nada Nuevo” – Christian Nodal
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga Calibre 50 Christian Nodal El Fantasma La Arrolladora Banda El Limón
Best New Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:Banda Los Sebastianes El Fantasma Fuerza Regida Kanales Lenin Ramírez
Producer of the Year Andrew Watt Benny Blanco Finneas Louis Bell Max Martin
Songwriter of the Year Ashley Gorley Finneas Frank Dukes Louis Bell Savan Kotecha
Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category “10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber “7 rings” – Ariana Grande “bad guy” – Billie Eilish “Beautiful People” – Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid “Hot Girl Summer” – Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign “Juice” – Lizzo “Lose You To Love Me” – Selena Gomez “Nightmare” – Halsey “Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Someone You Loved” – Lewis Capaldi “The Bones” – Maren Morris “You Need to Calm Down” – Taylor Swift
Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category Led Zeppelin – “Black Dog” – Miley Cyrus cover Ariana Grande – “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” – Lana Del Rey cover Phil Collins – “Can’t Stop Loving You” – Taylor Swift cover Sam Smith & Normani – “Dancing With A Stranger” – 5SOS cover Elvin Bishop – “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” – Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack cover The Rembrandts – “I’ll Be There For You” – Meghan Trainor cover Taylor Swift – “Lover” – Keith Urban cover Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved” – Camila Cabello cover Jonas Brothers – “Sucker” – Halsey cover Post Malone – “Sunflower” – Vampire Weekend cover
Best Fan Army: *Socially Voted Category Agnation – Agnez Mo Arianators – Ariana Grande Beliebers – Justin Bieber BTSArmy – BTS Camilizers – Camila Cabello Harries – Harry Styles Limelights – Why Don’t We Louies – Louis Tomlinson MendesArmy – Shawn Mendes Niallers – Niall Horan Selenators – Selena Gomez Swifties – Taylor Swift
Best Music Video:*Socially Voted Category “7 rings” – Ariana Grande “bad guy” – Billie Eilish “Boy With Luv” – BTS featuring Halsey “Con Altura” – Rosalía, J Balvin featuring El Guincho “Con Calma” – Daddy Yankee & Snow “Dancing With A Stranger” – Sam Smith & Normani “I Don’t Care” – Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “Kill This Love” – BLACKPINK “ME!” – Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie “Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus “Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Sucker” – Jonas Brothers
Social Star Award:*Socially Voted Category Asher Angel Cody Orlove Danielle Cohn DeStorm Power King Bach Montana Tucker Niki and Gabi Piper Rockelle Scotty Sire Stephanie Poetri The Moy Boys Zoe Laverne
Best Remix:*Socially Voted Category “bad guy” – Billie Eilish (with Justin Bieber) “Con Calma” – Daddy Yankee, Katy Perry featuring Snow “Good As Hell” – Lizzo featuring Ariana Grande “Higher Love” – Kygo & Whitney Houston “Lover” – Taylor Swift featuring Shawn Mendes “Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus “The Bones” – Maren Morris featuring Hozier “Thotiana” – Blueface featuring Cardi B and YG “Trampoline” – SHAED featuring Zayn “Without Me” – Halsey featuring Juice WRLD
Favorite Tour Photographer: *Socially Voted Category Adam Degross (Post Malone) Alfredo Flores (Ariana Grande) Andy DeLuca (5SOS) Blair Caldwell (Normani) Daniel Prakopcyk (John Mayer) Jake Chamseddine (Panic! At The Disco) Josiah Van Dien (Shawn Mendes) Matty Vogel (Billie Eilish) Rays Corrupted Mind (Travis Scott) Zack Caspary (Why Don’t We) Zakary Walters (Ed Sheeran)
Favorite Music Video Choreography: (New Category)*Socially Voted Category “7 rings” (Ariana Grande) – Scott and Brian Nicholson “How Do You Sleep?” (Sam Smith) – Parris Goebel “Kill This Love” (BLACKPINK) – Kyle Hanagami & Kiel Tutin “ME!” (Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie) – Tyce Diorio “Motivation” (Normani) – Sean Bankhead “Señorita” (Shawn Mendes & Camilla Cabello) – Calvit Hodge & Sara Bivens