J Balvin Leads 2020 Latin Grammys With 13 Nominations

The Colombian star is recognized for his latest album, ‘Colores,’ as well as for his collaboration with Bad Bunny, ‘Oasis.’

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J Balvin leads the Latin Grammy nominations this year with a whopping 13 nods. The Colombian reggaeton star will compete with himself in several categories, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year, in which he has double nominations for his widely acclaimed fifth studio album, Colores, as well as for Oasis, a chart-topping, collaborative project with Bad Bunny.

Competing with Balvin and Bad Bunny in the coveted Album of the Year category are a diverse group of artists, including Camilo, Kany García, Jesse & Joy, Natalia Lafourcade, Ricky Martin, Fito Páez, and Carlos Vives. Like Balvin, Bad Bunny is also a double nominee, up for his album YHLQMDLG, in addition to Oasis.

Karol G, who scored Best New Artist at the 2018 Latin Grammys, is back with four nominations, including for her multiplatinum hit “Tusa” with Nicki Minaj. The single topped the pop charts in over 15 countries and landed at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs – marking the first song by two female leads to top that chart. The Colombian reggaeton singer’s fiancée, Puerto Rican rapper and singer Anuel AA, is also up for multiple awards.

Other top nominees include Ozuna, Alejandro Sanz, Residente, Tainy, and 2019 Album of the Year winner, Rosalía.

While reggaeton artists were largely ignored during last year’s ceremonies, this year’s nominees better reflect the massively popular Latin genre. “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,” said Latin Academy President and CEO, Gabriel Abaroa Jr., in a statement. “Our Academy is stronger than ever as members are engaged, better informed, and committed to elevating and honoring musical excellence across all genres of Latin music. This year’s class of nominees is the result of a resilient and genuine awards process.”

Three new categories also reflect the evolving Latin music scene: Best Pop/Rock Song, Best Reggaeton Performance, and Best Rap/Hip-Hop Song.

The 21st annual Latin Grammy Awards will air live on November 19 on Univision. Scroll down to view a list of nominees, and visit the official website for more info.

Record of the Year
China – Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G Featuring Ozuna & J Balvin
Cuando Estés Aquí – Pablo Alborán
Vete – Bad Bunny
Solari Yacumenza – Bajofondo Featuring Cuareim 1080
Rojo – J Balvin
Tutu – Camilo Featuring Pedro Capó
Lo Que En Ti Veo – Kany García & Nahuel Pennisi
Tusa – Karol G & Nicki Minaj
René – Residente
Contigo – Alejandro Sanz

Album of the Year
YHLQMDLG – Bad Bunny
Oasis – J Balvin & Bad Bunny
Colores – J Balvin
Por Primera Vez – Camilo
Mesa para Dos – Kany García
Aire (Versión Día) – Jesse & Joy
Un Canto Por México, Vol. 1 – Natalia Lafourcade
Pausa – Ricky Martin
La Conquista del Espacio – Fito Páez
Cumbiana – Carlos Vives

Song of the Year
ADMV – Vicente Barco, Edgar Barrera, Maluma & Stiven Rojas, songwriters (Maluma)
Bonita – Juanes, Mauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres & Sebastián Yatra, songwriters (Juanes & Sebastián Yatra)
Codo Con Codo – Jorge Drexler, songwriter (Jorge Drexler)
El Mismo Aire – Edgar Barrera, Camilo, Jon Leone, Richi López & Juan Morelli, songwriters (Camilo)
For Sale – Alejandro Sanz & Carlos Vives, songwriters (Alejandro Sanz & Carlos Vives)
#ELMUNDOFUERA (Improvisación) – Alejandro Sanz, songwriter (Alejandro Sanz)
Lo Que En Ti Veo – Kany García, songwriter (Kany García & Nahuel Pennisi)
René – Residente, songwriter (Residente)
Tiburones – Oscar Hernández & Pablo Preciado, songwriters (Ricky Martin)
Tusa – Kevyn Mauricio Cruz Moreno, Karol G, Nicki Minaj & Daniel Oviedo Echavarría, songwriters (Karol G & Nicki Minaj)
Tutu – Camilo, Jon Leone & Richi López, songwriters (Camilo Featuring Pedro Capó)

Best New Artist
Anuel AA
Rauw Alejandro
Mike Bahía
Conociendo Rusia
Soy Emilia
Nicki Nicole
Nathy Peluso

Best Pop Vocal Album
Spoiler – Aitana
Prisma – Beret
Por Primera Vez – Camilo
Más Futuro Que Pasado – Juanes
Pausa – Ricky Martin

Best Reggaeton Performance
Yo Perreo Sola – Bad Bunny
Morado – J Balvin
Loco Contigo – Dj Snake & J Balvin Featuring Tyga
Porfa – Feid & Justin Quiles
Chicharrón – Guaynaa Featuring Cauty
Te Soñé de Nuevo – Ozuna
Si Te Vas – Sech & Ozuna

Best Contemporary/Tropical Fusion Album
Energía Para Regalar – El Caribefunk
Mi Derriengue – Riccie Oriach
Mariposas – Omara Portuondo
Alter Ego – Prince Royce
Cumbiana – Carlos Vives

Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album
Antología de la Música Ranchera – Aida Cuevas
Hecho en México – Alejandro Fernández
A Los 4 Vientos Vol. 1 Ranchero – Eugenia León
Bailando Sones y Huapangos con El Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández – Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández
AYAYAY! – Christian Nodal

Best Portuguese Language Song
A Tal Canção Pra Lua (Microfonado) – Vitor Kley, songwriter (Vitor Kley & Samuel Rosa)
Abricó-De-Macaco – Francisco Bosco & João Bosco, songwriters (João Bosco)
Amarelo (Sample: Sujeito de Sorte – Belchior) – Dj Duh, Emicida & Felipe Vassão, songwriters (Emicida Featuring Majur & Pabllo Vittar)
Libertação – Russo Passapusso, songwriter (Elza Soares & BaianaSystem Featuring Virgínia Rodrigues)
Pardo – Caetano Veloso, songwriter (Céu)


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