2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards

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25th Billboard Latin Music Awards
DateApril 26, 2018
SiteMandalay Bay Events Center
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Hosted byGaby Espino
Marco Antonio Regil
Highlights
Most awardsDaddy Yankee (8)
Most nominationsJ Balvin and Shakira (12)
Television coverage
NetworkTelemundo

The 25th Billboard Latin Music Awards ceremony, presented by Billboard magazine, honored the best performing Latin recordings of 2017 and took place on April 26, 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Billboard presented awards in 60 categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by Telemundo for the 20th time, and was the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, which also took place from April 23 to April 26, 2018.[1] Actress Gaby Espino and television presenter Marco Antonio Regil hosted the show.[2] Espino first presided over the 22nd Billboard Latin Music Awards held in 2015.[3] The awards recognized the most popular Latin performers, songs, albums, labels, songwriters and producers in the United States. Recipients were based on sales, radio airplay, online streaming and social data during a one-year period from the issue dated February 4, 2017 through January 27, 2018.[4][5]

Daddy Yankee won eight awards, including Hot Latin Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, mostly due to the single "Despacito", which won all its six nominations. Other winners were Luis Fonsi and Justin Bieber with seven awards each, and Shakira with five. Maná received the Lifetime Achievement Award.[6]

Winners and nominees[edit]

The nominees for the 25th Billboard Latin Music Awards were announced on February 7, 2018, at 9:03 a.m. EST (11:03 UTC). J Balvin and Shakira led the nominations with 12 each.[4]

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on April 26, 2018.[6]

Awards[edit]

Daddy Yankee received eight awards, including Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year (Solo) and Songwriter of the Year, and other six for "Despacito".
Luis Fonsi (top) and Justin Bieber (bottom) received seven awards each, including six for "Despacito". Fonsi also won Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year (Male), while Bieber received Crossover Artist of the Year.
Shakira won five awards, including Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year (Female) and Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year (Female).
Ozuna, Artist of the Year winner.

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface.[6]

Artist of the Year
Artist of the Year – New
Tour of the Year
Social Artist of the Year
Crossover Artist of the Year
Hot Latin Song of the Year – Vocal Event
  • Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – "Despacito"
    • J Balvin and Willy William featuring Beyoncé – "Mi Gente"
    • Shakira featuring Maluma – "Chantaje"
    • Wisin featuring Ozuna – "Escápate Conmigo"
  • Luis Fonsi
    • J Balvin
    • Daddy Yankee
    • Ozuna
Hot Latin Songs Label of the Year
Hot Latin Songs Imprint of the Year
Airplay Song of the Year
  • Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – "Despacito"
    • J Balvin and Willy William featuring Beyoncé – "Mi Gente"
    • Maluma – "Felices los 4"
    • Wisin featuring Ozuna – "Escápate Conmigo"
Airplay Label of the Year
  • Sony Music Latin
    • DEL
    • Universal Music Latino
    • Warner Music Latina
Airplay Imprint of the Year
Digital Song of the Year
  • Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – "Despacito"
    • J Balvin and Willy William featuring Beyoncé – "Mi Gente"
    • Maluma – "Felices los 4"
    • Shakira featuring Maluma – "Chantaje"
Streaming Song of the Year
  • Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – "Despacito"
    • J Balvin and Willy William featuring Beyoncé – "Mi Gente"
    • Maluma – "Felices los 4"
    • Shakira featuring Maluma – "Chantaje"
Top Latin Album of the Year
Top Latin Compilation Album of the Year
  • Dance Latin #1 Hits 2.0: Los Éxitos del Momento
    • Mexillennials: Los Éxitos De Una Nueva Generación
    • Summer Latin Hits 2017
    • Trap Capos: Season 1
Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year – Male
Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year – Female
Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year – Duo or Group
Top Latin Albums Label of the Year
  • Sony Music Latin
    • Lizos Music
    • Universal Music Latino
    • Warner Music Latina
Top Latin Albums Imprint of the Year
Latin Pop Artist of the Year – Solo
  • Shakira
    • Luis Fonsi
    • Enrique Iglesias
    • Juanes
Latin Pop Artist of the Year – Duo or Group
Latin Pop Song of the Year
  • Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – "Despacito"
Latin Pop Airplay Label of the Year
  • Sony Music Latin
Latin Pop Airplay Imprint of the Year
  • Sony Music Latin
    • Universal Music Latino
    • Warner Music Latina
    • WK
Latin Pop Album of the Year
Latin Pop Albums Label of the Year
Latin Pop Albums Imprint of the Year
  • Sony Music Latin
    • Fonovisa Records
    • Universal Music Latino
    • Warner Music Latina
Tropical Artist of the Year – Solo
Tropical Artist of the Year – Duo or Group
  • Gente de Zona
    • Chiquito Team Band
    • Pirulo y La Tribu
    • La Sonora Dinamita
Tropical Song of the Year
Tropical Songs Airplay Label of the Year
  • Sony Music Latin
    • D.A.M.
    • Universal Music Latino
    • Warner Music Latina
Tropical Songs Airplay Imprint of the Year
  • Sony Music Latin
Tropical Album of the Year
  • Romeo Santos – Golden
    • Prince Royce – Five
    • La Sonora Dinamita – Juntos Por La Sonora
    • Carlos VivesVives
Tropical Albums Label of the Year
  • Sony Music Latin
Tropical Albums Imprint of the Year
  • Sony Music Latin
    • Magnus Media
    • The Orchard
    • Top Stop
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year – Solo
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year – Duo or Group
  • Banda Sinaloense MS
    • Calibre 50
    • Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes
    • Los Plebes Del Rancho
Regional Mexican Song of the Year
  • Christian Nodal – "Adiós Amor"
    • Calibre 50 – "Corrido de Juanito"
    • Calibre 50 – "Siempre Te Voy A Querer"
    • Christian Nodal featuring David Bisbal – "Probablemente"
Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year
  • Universal Music Latino
    • DEL
    • Lizos Music
    • Sony Music Latin
Regional Mexican Airplay Imprint of the Year
Regional Mexican Album of the Year
  • Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes – Andamos En El Ruedo
    • Banda Sinaloense MS – La Mejor Versión de Mí
    • Christian Nodal – Me Dejé Llevar
    • Gerardo Ortiz – Comeré Callado, Vol. 1: Con Norteno, Tuba y Guitarras
Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year
  • Universal Music Latino
    • DEL
    • Lizos Music
    • Sony Music Latin
Regional Mexican Albums Imprint of the Year
  • DEL
    • Disa Records
    • Fonovisa Records
    • Lizos Music
Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year – Solo
  • Daddy Yankee
    • J Balvin
    • Nicky Jam
    • Ozuna
Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year – Duo or Group
  • J Balvin and Willy William featuring Beyoncé – "Mi Gente"
    • Maluma – "Felices Los 4"
    • Nicky Jam – "El Amante"
    • Wisin featuring Ozuna – "Escápate Conmigo"
Latin Rhythm Airplay Label of the Year
  • Sony Music Latin
    • Pina Records
    • Universal Music Latino
    • Warner Music Latina
Latin Rhythm Airplay Imprint of the Year
  • Sony Music Latin
    • La Industria, Inc.
    • Universal Music Latino
    • WK
  • Nicky Jam – Fénix
    • Ozuna – Odisea
    • YandelUpdate
    • Zion & Lennox – Motivan2
Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year
Latin Rhythm Albums Imprint of the Year
  • La Industria, Inc.
    • Capitol Latin
    • Sony Music Latin
    • Universal Music Latino
Publisher of the Year
  • Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing, LLC (BMI)
    • BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP)
    • Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing LLC (ASCAP)
    • Universal Musica, Inc. (ASCAP)
Publishing Corporation of the Year
  • Sony/ATV Music
    • BMG
    • Universal Music
    • Warner/Chappell Music
  • Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres
    • Chris Jeday
    • Saga Whiteblack
    • Wisin

Special awards[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Maná – In recognition of their contribution to Latin rock, their career achievements and philanthropic contributions.[7]

Acts with multiple nominations[edit]

The following 27 acts received multiple nominations:

Nominations Act
12 J Balvin
Shakira
10 Luis Fonsi
Maluma
Ozuna
Daddy Yankee
8 Justin Bieber
7 Beyoncé
6 Willy William
5 Calibre 50
Nicky Jam
Christian Nodal
Romeo Santos
Wisin
4 CNCO
Zion & Lennox
3 Banda Sinaloense MS
Enrique Iglesias
2 Marc Anthony
Ricardo Arjona
Juanes
La Sonora Dinamita
Jennifer Lopez
Los Plebes del Rancho
Nacho
Gerardo Ortíz
Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes

Presenters and performers[edit]

Presenters[edit]

As of April 12, 2018, confirmed presenters include Erika Ender, Oswaldo Silva, Alan Ramirez, Reykon, Yuridia, Diego Boneta, Leila Cobo, Gianluca Vacchi, Fernanda Castillo, Raúl Méndez, Carmen Villalobos, Catherine Siachoque, Aylin Mujica, Ana María Polo, Candela Ferro, Ana Jurka, and Karim Mendiburu.[8]

Performers[edit]

As of April 19, 2018, confirmed performers include Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny, Becky G, Calibre 50, Cardi B, Chayanne, Christian Nodal, CNCO, Daddy Yankee, David Bisbal, De La Ghetto, Farruko, J Balvin, Karol G, Luis Fonsi, Maluma, Natti Natasha, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Paty Cantu, Quavo, Reik, Ricky Martin, Sebastian Yantra, Sofia Reyes, Victor Manuelle, Wisin, and Yandel.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jennifer Lopez Will Premiere Song at Billboard Latin Music Awards". Billboard. April 19, 2018. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "Gaby Espino and Marco Antonio Regil to Host 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards". Billboard. March 25, 2018. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Gaby Espino & Pedro Fernandez to Host 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards". Billboard. April 6, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Cobo, Leila (February 7, 2018). "'Despacito' Producers Talk Making a Smash Hit & Why Justin Bieber Should Be Respected". Billboard. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Aguila, Justino; Cantor-Navas, Judy; Flores, Griselda (April 19, 2018). "2018 Billboard Latin Conference Preview: Star Producers to Watch, Managers on the Rise, Maná and More". Billboard. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Cobo, Leila (April 26, 2018). "Billboard Latin Music Award Winners 2018: Complete List". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Aguila, Justino (April 3, 2018). "Billboard Latin Music Awards: Mexican Rock Legends Mana to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor". Billboard. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  8. ^ Fernandez, Suzette (April 12, 2018). "Erika Ender, Banda MS & Diego Boneta To Present at Billboard Latin Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved April 22, 2018.