Meet the Artist of the Year Finalists – Billboard

Five of today’s biggest artists are finalists in the coveted Artist of the Year category at the 2022 Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking place Sept. 29 at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Fla., and airing live on Telemundo.

Heavy hitters Bad Bunny, Farryuko, Jhayco, Karol G and Rauw Alejandro are in contention for this year’s title. Bunny tops the list of finalists with a staggering 23 nominations in 13 categories. (The only other artist to score that many was Ozuna in 2019.) He is followed by Karol G with 15 entries in 11 categories, a record number of nods for a female artist. (The old record was jointly held by Jenni Rivera, who had 12 nods in 2014, and Shakira, who had 12 in 2018.)

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The artists are followed by 11-time runner-up Farruko, 10-time runner-up Rauw Alejandro and also top contender Jhayco. Who should take the crown? Vote in the fan poll below! (Editor’s note: Poll winner does not reflect September 29 award decision).

Produced by MBS Special Events and produced by Mary Black Suarez, this year’s awards will be presented in 58 categories across the Latin Pop, Tropical, Latin Rhythm and Mexican Regional music genres. The event is the only awards show to honor Latin music’s most popular albums, songs and performers, as determined by Billboard weekly charts.

The 2022 Billboard Latin Music Awards also coincide with Billboard Latin Music Week, which returns to Miami September 26-30 at Faena Forum, with a line-up of featured speakers including Romeo Santos, Maluma, Grupo Firme, Chayanne, Ivy Queen and Nicky Jam, among many others. For more information on Billboard Latin Music Week and to register, visit billboardlatinmusicweek.com.

Check out this year’s finalists below:

BAD BUNNY

Bad Bunny on stage at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida on September 23, 2021.

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The “Me Porto Bonito” singer is also up for Tour of the Year, Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male and Best Latin Album of the Year for his chart-topping album. A Verano Sin Tiwhich reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

FARRUKO

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Farruko rehearses for the 2022 Latin American Music Awards at the Michelob ULTRA Arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 20, 2022.

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Farruko gets 11 entries, competing for artist of the year; Hot Latin Song of the Year with “Pepas,” which spent 26 weeks at the top; and Best Latin Album of the Year with The 167among other nods.

JHAYCO

Jhay Cortez

Jhay Cortez attends the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards at Watsco Center on September 23, 2021 in Coral Gables, Florida.

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In addition to Artist of the Year, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Jhayco is a finalist for Hot Latin Songs Male Artist of the Year, alongside Bad Bunny, Chencho Corleone, Farruko and Rauw Alejandro.

CAROL G

Karl G.

Karl G.

Pablo Escudero

Colombian Artist, Karol G’s categories include Artist of the Year and Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female, as well as Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event, For Her Becky G collaboration “MAMIII”.

RAUW ALEJANDRO

Rauw Alejandro

Rauw Alejandro at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 15, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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This year, Puerto Rican artist Rauw Alejandro has 10 nominations, including Hot Latin Songs Male Artist of the Year; best latin album of the year for Vice versa; and two nods for Latin Pop Song of the Year (“Todo de Ti,” “Te Felicito” featuring Shakira).