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Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee And More Win At 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards

Daddy Yankee leads all winners, followed by Luis Fonsi, Justin Bieber & Shakira, while Ozuna wins artist of the year and Maluma takes home social artist of the year.

It was the year of “Despacito” and the year of urban music.

The most-played song of 2017 swept the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards, winning six trophies: hot Latin song of the year; hot Latin song of the year, vocal event; airplay song of the year; digital song of the year; streaming song of the year; and Latin pop song of the year.

The celebration of “Despacito,” a song that revived global interest in Latin music, was a fitting way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Billboard Latin Music Awards on the Telemundo network, which aired the awards live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas (the show's first time in Sin City) on Thursday night (April 26).

While “Despacito” was not performed Thursday night (the song had its live debut at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards), its effect was far-reaching. Producers Andrés Torres and Mauricio Rengifo won producer of the year for the song, and Daddy Yankee -- one of the track’s co-writers (and featured artists) -- was the big winner of the evening with eight awards. In addition to his “Despacito” wins, Yankee took home Latin rhythm artist of the year, solo, and songwriter of the year for “Despacito” as well as several other songs that hit Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, including “Hula Hoop” and “La Rompe Corazones” with Ozuna.

He was followed in wins by Luis Fonsi and Justin Bieber, both taking home seven awards each. In addition to his “Despacito” trophies, Bieber won crossover artist of the year, while Fonsi, as the lead performer on “Despacito” and the subsequent “Echame la Culpa,” won the Hot Latin Songs artist of the year award.

But it wasn’t just the year of “Despacito”: There was an explosion of Latin tracks that went global this year and Latin artists who were able to reach fans like never before, mostly with urban or urban-leaning tracks. The night’s performances by mostly huge urban superstars included premieres by Ozuna (performing “La Modelo” with Cardi B), Bad Bunny (performing “Amorfoda”), Maluma (“El Prestamo”) and Nicky Jam and J Balvin, who performed “X” for the first time on television.

The coveted artist of the year award, which takes into consideration sales, airplay and streaming, went to Ozuna, who had success in all areas thanks to a succession of singles and his debut album Odisea.

Even pop wins had an urban tinge. Following the “Despacito” blast, superstar Shakira was the biggest winner of the night, with five awards that included Latin pop artist of the year, solo, and Top Latin Albums artist of the year, female. But she also won Hot Latin Songs artist of the year, female for hits that included the decidedly urban-leaning “Chantaje” with Maluma.

In turn, Maluma, a 10-time nominee (including in four categories for “Chantaje”), won social artist of the year, a nod to his extraordinary social media following.

Regional Mexican music, long the driving force of Latin music in this country, got shut out from most main categories by the sheer force of massive urban hits. However, regional Mexican acts still dominated the artist of the year, new category, with Christian Nodal taking the award. Nodal also won regional Mexican artist of the year, solo, and regional Mexican song of the year. Also coming in with three wins was Romeo Santos, who won Top Latin Albums artist of the year, male; tropical album of the year; and tropical artist of the year, solo.

This year’s special lifetime achievement award went to Mexican rock band Maná, who were honored both for their career as one of the most iconic and lasting bands in Latin music and for their philanthropic endeavors, particularly through their Selva Negra environmental foundation. The group performed two of its biggest hits: “En el muelle de San Blas” and “Corazon Espinado.”

In the label categories, Sony Music Latin was the big winner of the evening, taking home 16 of their 20 nominations, including Hot Latin Songs imprint of the year and Top Latin Albums label of the year. Universal Music Latin Entertainment won three out of their 10 nominations including Hot Latin Songs label of the year. On the publishing end, Sony ATV won both publisher of the year (Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing) and publishing corporation of the year (Sony/ATV Music).

The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor the most popular albums, songs and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales, streaming, radio airplay and social data that informs Billboard's weekly charts during a one-year period from the rankings dated February 4, 2017 through this year's January 27 charts. Finalists, and the eventual winners, reflect performance of new recordings on Billboard’s albums and songs charts, including Top Latin Albums, Hot Latin Songs, Latin Airplay, Latin Streaming Songs and Latin Digital Songs, among others.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference which took place April 23-26 at The Venetian in Las Vegas, with superstars like Maluma, Ozuna, Bad Bunny, Pitbull and Maná.

The full list of finalists and winners to the awards is below:

OVERALL ARTIST CATEGORIES

Artist of the Year:
J Balvin
Daddy Yankee
Luis Fonsi
*Ozuna -- WINNER

Artist of the Year, New:
Alta Consigna
Bad Bunny
El Fantasma y Banda Populares del Llano
*Christian Nodal -- WINNER

Tour of the Year:
Marc Anthony
Ricardo Arjona
*Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull -- WINNER
Marco Antonio Solis

Social Artist of the Year:
J Balvin
Jennifer Lopez
*Maluma -- WINNER
Shakira

Crossover Artist of the Year:
Beyonce
*Justin Bieber -- WINNER
Little Mix
Ed Sheeran

SONGS CATEGORIES

Hot Latin Song of the Year:
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé, “Mi Gente”
*Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” -- WINNER
Maluma, “Felices Los 4”
Wisin feat. Ozuna, “Escapate Conmigo”

Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event:
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé, “Mi Gente”
*Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” -- WINNER
Shakira feat. Maluma, “Chantaje”
Wisin feat. Ozuna, “Escapate Conmigo”

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male:
J Balvin
Daddy Yankee
*Luis Fonsi -- WINNER
Ozuna

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female:
Becky G
Jennifer Lopez
Natti Natasha
*Shakira -- WINNER

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizarraga
*Calibre 50 -- WINNER
CNCO
Zion & Lennox

Hot Latin Songs Label of the Year:
Sony Music Latin
*Universal Music Latin Entertainment -- WINNER
VP Entertainment
Warner Latina

Hot Latin Songs Imprint of the Year
Def Jam
Raymond Braun
Schoolboy
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER

Airplay Song of the Year
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé, “Mi Gente”
*Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” -- WINNER
Maluma, “Felices Los 4”
Wisin feat. Ozuna, “Escapate Conmigo”

Airplay Label of the Year:
DEL
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Warner Latina

Airplay Imprint of the Year:
Fonovisa
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER
Universal Music Latino
WK

Digital Song of the Year:
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé, “Mi Gente”
*Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” -- WINNER
Maluma, “Felices Los 4”
Shakira feat. Maluma, “Chantaje”

Streaming Song of the Year:
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé, “Mi Gente”
*Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” -- WINNER
Maluma, “Felices Los 4”
Shakira feat. Maluma, “Chantaje”

Albums Categories

Top Latin Album of the Year:
J Balvin, Energia
*Nicky Jam, Fenix -- WINNER
Ozuna, Odisea
Shakira, El Dorado

Top Latin Compilation Album of the Year:
*Dance Latin #1 Hits 2.0: Los Exitos Del Momento -- WINNER
Mexillennials: Los Exitos De Una Nueva Generacion
Summer Latin Hits 2017
Trap Capos: Season 1

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male:
J Balvin
*Romeo Santos -- WINNER
Nicky Jam
Ozuna

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female:
Alejandra Guzman
Karol G
*Shakira -- WINNER
Gloria Trevi

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
*Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga -- WINNER
Calibre 50
CNCO
Los Plebes Del Rancho de Ariel Camacho

Top Latin Albums Label of the Year:
Lizos
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Warner Latina

Top Latin Albums Imprint of the Year:
Capitol Latin
DEL
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER
Universal Music Latino

Latin Pop Categories

Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Solo
Luis Fonsi
Enrique Iglesias
Juanes
*Shakira -- WINNER

Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
*CNCO -- WINNER
Jesse & Joy
Mana
Reik

Latin Pop Song of the Year
*Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” -- WINNER
Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno, Zion & Lennox, “Subeme La Radio”
Shakira feat. Maluma, “Chantaje”
Shakira, “Me Enamore”

Latin Pop Airplay Label of the Year
Pina
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Warner Latina

Latin Pop Airplay Imprint of the Year
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER
Universal Music Latino
Warner Latina
WK

Latin Pop Album of the Year:
Ricardo Arjona, Circo Soledad
CNCO, Primera Cita
Juanes, Mis Planes Son Amarte
*Shakira, El Dorado -- WINNER

Latin Pop Albums Label of the Year:
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER
Universal Latin Music Entertainment
Warner Bros.
Warner Latina

Latin Pop Albums Imprint of the Year:
Fonovisa
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER
Universal Music Latino
Warner Latina

Tropical Categories

Tropical Artist of the Year, Solo:
Marc Anthony
Nacho
Prince Royce
*Romeo Santos -- WINNER

Tropical Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
Chiquito Team Band
*Gente de Zona -- WINNER
Pirulo y La Tribu
La Sonora Dinamita

Tropical Song of the Year:
Nacho, “Bailame”
*Prince Royce & Shakira, “Déjà Vu” -- WINNER
Romeo Santos, “Heroe Favorito”
Romeo Santos, “Imitadora”

Tropical Songs Airplay Label of the Year
D.A.M.
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Warner Latina

Tropical Songs Airplay Imprint of the Year
Machete
Magnus
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER
Universal Music Latino

Tropical Album of the Year:
Prince Royce, Five
La Sonora Dinamita, Juntos Por La Sonora
*Romeo Santos, Golden -- WINNER
Carlos Vives, Vives

Tropical Albums Label of the Year:
The Orchard
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
World Circuit

Tropical Albums Imprint of the Year:
Magnus
The Orchard
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER
Top Stop

Regional Mexican Categories

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Solo:
Regulo Caro
*Christian Nodal -- WINNER
Alfredo Olivas
Gerardo Ortiz

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
*Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga -- WINNER
Calibre 50
Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes
Los Plebes Del Rancho de Ariel Camacho

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:
Calibre 50, “Corrido de Juanito”
Calibre 50, “Siempre Te Voy A Querer”
*Christian Nodal, “Adios Amor” -- WINNER
Christian Nodal feat. David Bisbal, “Probablemente”

Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year
DEL
Lizos
Sony Music Latin
*Universal Music Latin Entertainment -- WINNER

Regional Mexican Airplay Imprint of the Year
Andaluz
Disa
DEL
*Fonovisa -- WINNER

Regional Mexican Album of the Year:
Banda Sinaloense MD de Sergio Lizarraga, La Mejor Version De Mi
*Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes, Andamos En El Ruedo -- WINNER
Christian Nodal, Me Deje Llevar
Gerardo Ortiz, Comere Callado, Vol. 1: Con Norteno, Tuba y Guitarras

Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year:
DEL
Lizos
Sony Music Latin
*Universal Music Latin Entertainment -- WINNER

Regional Mexican Albums Imprint of the Year:
*DEL -- WINNER
Disa
Fonovisa
Lizos

Latin Rhythm Categories

Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Solo:
J Balvin
*Daddy Yankee -- WINNER
Nicky Jam
Ozuna

Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
Jowell & Randy
Plan B
Play-N-Skillz
*Zion & Lennox -- WINNER

Latin Rhythm Song of the Year:
*J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé, “Mi Gente” -- WINNER
Maluma, “Felices Los 4”
Nicky Jam, “El Amante”
Wisin feat. Ozuna, “Escapate Conmigo”

Latin Rhythm Airplay Label of the Year
Pina
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Warner Latina

Latin Rhythm Airplay Imprint of the Year
La Industria
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER
Universal Music Latino
WK

Latin Rhythm Album of the Year:
*Nicky Jam, Fenix -- WINNER
Ozuna, Odisea
Yandel, #Update
Zion & Lennox, Motivan2

Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year:
El Cartel
*Sony Music Latin -- WINNER
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Warner Latina

Latin Rhythm Albums Imprint of the Year:
Capitol Latin
*La Industria -- WINNER
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latino

Writers/Producers/Publishers Categories

Songwriter of the Year:
Justin Bieber
*Daddy Yankee -- WINNER
Erika Ender
Luis Fonsi
Marty James Garton
Poo Bear

Publisher of the Year:
BMG Gold Songs,ASCAP
Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing LLC,ASCAP
*Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing, LLC,BMI -- WINNER
Universal Musica, Inc.,ASCAP

Publishing Corporation of the Year:
BMG
*Sony/ATV Music -- WINNER
Universal Music
Warner/Chappell Music

Producer of the Year:
Chris Jeday
*Mauricio Rengifo & *Andres Torres -- WINNER
Saga Whiteblack
Wisin

This article was originally published on Billboard.

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