The nominations for the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards have been announced, and this year it’s all about Bad Bunny. The chart-topper received a total of 22 nominations over 13 categories from Artist of the Year to Songwriter of the Year. In fact, it may be easier to list the categories that the artist isn’t nominated for. While 22 nominations are nothing to take lightly, it does not break Ozuna’s record in 2019 with 23 nominations — but only one nod away.
One of the most sought-after awards is the Artist of the Year trophy. This year the nominations are Anuel AA, Bad Bunny, J. Balvin, Maluma, and Ozuna.
In the category of hottest Latin Song of the Year, nominees include Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez’s “Dákiti,” Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin’s “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life),” Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía,” Karol G and Nicki Minaj’s “Tusa,” and Maluma and The Weeknd’s “Hawái.”
Nominations for the top Latin album of the year are Anuel AA’s Emmanuel and Maluma’s Papi Juancho. The three albums that Bad Bunny has in this category are El Último Tour del Mundo, Las Que No Iban a Salir, and YHLQMDLG.
Five male artists were nominated in the top Latin Album Artist of the Year. They are Anuel AA, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Ozuna, and Romeo Santos. For the women, there were nominations for Becky G, Kali Uchis, Karol G, Selena Gomez, and Shakira. Aventura, Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga, Black Eyed Peas, Eslabon Armado, and Los Legendarios round out the top Latin Albums Artist of the Year in the duo or group category.
And finally, in the songwriter of the year award, the nominations include Anuel AA, Bad Bunny, Edgar’ Edge’ Barrera, J Balvin, and Tainy.
BY THE NUMBERS
The artists receiving multiple nominations include Maluma with 11 nominations, J Balvin with nine, Karol G, Anuel AA, and Black Eyed Peas are tied with eight nominations apiece.
WHEN AND WHERE
The Billboard Latin Music Awards are known as the longest-running awards show in Latin music. The nominations and winners are determined by sales, radio play, streaming, and weekly Billboard Charts. See the entire list of all nominees here. This year’s show will air live on Telemundo from Florida’s Watsco Center in Coral Gables on September 23.