Nicky Jam Tops First-Ever Latin American Music Awards Nominations


As Nicky Jam continues to gain traction in the crossover market, he is catapulted to the top of this year's first-ever Latin American Music Awards with six nominations. The reggaeton sensation is a prospect in major categories such as Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Favorite Streaming Song thanks to his hit “El Perdón,” featuring Enrique Iglesias.

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Iglesias and Colombian superstar J Balvin (up for New Artist of the Year and Favorite Male Artist) follow Nicky Jam with five nods. Romeo Santos, Maná and Calibre 50 each have garnered four nominations, while Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez compete for Favorite Crossover Artist and Favorite Dance Song, respectively. The first-ever Spanish language award show (modeled after the American Music Awards) is bound to be a must-watch event for music lovers around the world.

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Tune into Telemundo Oct. 8. as the award show airs live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. See full nominees list, below.

New Artist of the Year

Chiquis Rivera

J Balvin


Remmy Valenzuela


Artist of the Year

Calibre 50

Enrique Iglesias

Julión Álvarez y su Norteño Banda

Nicky Jam

Romeo Santos


Song of the Year

“Ay Vamos” – J Balvin

“Contigo” – Calibre 50

“El Perdón” – Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias

“Hilito” – Romeo Santos

“Fanática Sensual’ – Plan B


Album of the Year

“A Quien Quiera Escuchar” – Ricky Martin

“Cama Incendiada” – Maná

“Hoy Más Fuerte” – Gerardo Ortiz

“Los Dúo” – Juan Gabriel

“Mis Número 1…40 Aniversario” – Juan Gabriel


Favorite Female Artist

Chiquis Rivera

Fanny Lu

Gloria Trevi

Natalia Jiménez

Paulina Rubio


Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock


Enrique Iglesias

Juan Gabriel

Marco Antonio Solís

Ricky Martin


Favorite Song – Urban

“Ay Vamos” – J Balvin

“Pierdo La Cabeza” – Zion & Lennox

“Sígueme y te Sigo” – Daddy Yankee


Favorite Artist – Tropical

Chino y Nacho

Juan Luis Guerra

Romeo Santos

Victor Manuelle


Favorite Song – Tropical

“Hilito” – Romeo Santos

“La Gozadera” – Gente de Zona feat. Marc Anthony

“Me Voy Enamorando” – Chino y Nacho feat. Farruko

“Solita” – Prince Royce


Favorite Collaboration

“Como Yo Le Doy” – Pitbull & Don Miguelo

“El Perdón” – Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias

“Mi Verdad” – Maná feat. Shakira

“Nota de Amor” – Wisin & Carlos Vives feat. Daddy Yankee


Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock


Jesse & Joy




Favorite Song – Pop/Rock

“Mi Verdad” –Maná

“La Mordidita” – Ricky Martin feat. Yotuel

“Perdón” – Camila


Favorite Male Artist – Regional Mexican

Gerardo Ortiz

Luis Coronel

Régulo Caro


Favorite Duo or Group – Regional Mexican

Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga

Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Calibre 50

Julión Álvarez y su Norteño Banda


Favorite Song – Regional Mexican

“Háblame De Ti” – Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

“Y Así Fue” – Julión Álvarez y su Norteño Banda

“Contigo” – Calibre 50


Favorite Male Artist – Urban

J Balvin

Nicky Jam

Don Omar

Daddy Yankee



Favorite Duo or Group – Urban

Gente de Zona

Plan B

Zion & Lennox


Favorite Crossover Artist

Demi Lovato

Ellie Goulding

Meghan Trainor

Natalie La Rose



Favorite Dance Song

“Where Are U Now” – Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber

“I Want You To Know” – Zedd feat. Selena Gomez

“Lean On” – Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ

“You Know You Like It” – DJ Snake &  AlunaGeorge

“Back It Up” – Prince Royce feat. Jennifer Lopez


Favorite Streaming Song

“El Perdón” – Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias

“Travesuras” – Nicky Jam

“Ay Vamos” – J Balvin

“Háblame de Ti” – Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

“Fanática Sensual” – Plan  B

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