The Billboard Awards of Latin Music 2022 will take place this Thursday at the Watsco Center, with the Mexicans Kate Del Castillo and Jaime Camil as drivers, as planned and after avoiding South Florida (USA) the direct impact of Hurricane Ian, which is expected to make landfall this Wednesday in the southwest of this state.
bad bunnywhich this year presented the album “A summer without you”, stands as the protagonist of this edition, in which it is present in 13 categories and aspires to win the main recognitions of the night, including the awards for artist of the year , song of the year and album of the year.
Bad Bunny enjoys an unbeatable year in which he also added ten nominations at the Latin Grammy Awards to be held in November in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA), and placed or for eleven weeks (non-consecutive) his most recent album , which is entirely in Spanish, is at the top of the Billboard 200 list, a global ranking that measures the most successful albums in the US.
In the Latin Billboard awards, behind him is the Colombian Karol G, with fifteen nominations, and then the Puerto Rican Farruko, with eleven, and his compatriot Rauw Alejandro, who is present in ten categories.
This year the awards will respond to 58 different categories that include, among others, the main musical genres in Latin Pop, Tropical, Latin Rhythm or Regional Mexican.
During the ceremony, special prizes will be awarded to the American Christina Aguilera, who will receive the Spirit of Hope award, and to the Spaniard Raphael, in whose hands the Artistic Career award will fall.
Puerto Rican José Feliciano will be the first recipient of the Latin Billboard Legend award, while his compatriots Chayanne and Nicky Jam will be recognized with the Icon and Hall of Fame awards, respectively.
All of them will perform during the gala, in which artists such as Becky G, Natti Nathasha, Rauw Alejandro, Gilberto Santa Rosa and the MS Band Sergio Lizárraga will be some of those who will present prizes, according to the organization.
The preparations and rehearsals for the musical numbers scheduled for this ceremony, which will be broadcast live on the Telemundo network and by Telemundo Internacional for Latin America and the Caribbean, have developed normally in recent days, in parallel to Music Week Latin Billboard that takes place at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach.
This series of conferences, panels and exclusive presentations that began on September 26 and will run until October 1, within the framework of the awards, has made it possible to offer an x-ray of music in Spanish, “the second most consumed in the world” currently, as Leila Cobo, top executive of Billboard Latino, told Efe.
During that event, Hans Schafer, senior vice president of “global touring” at Live Nation, alluded as an example to the successful reunion of Los Bukis last year with the “Una historia cancanta” tour, of which they sold a total of 55 million tickets and was the second most successful tour of that year.
Christina Aguilera, Chayanne, Maluma, Camilo, Wisin y Yandel, Romeo Santos and Mariah Angeliq are some of the stars who have attended the Faena Forum this week in order to review their careers during an event whose capacity is almost full, even despite the bad weather recorded in South Florida.
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The preview of the Latin Billboard awards, with Bad Bunny as the great favorite | UPR