Nicky Jam, Shakira, Lead Finalists for the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards

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FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME Enrique Iglesias, Los Plebes, Banda MS, J Balvin, Carlos Vives, Maluma and Juan Gabriel are also multi-fInalists. With nine entries each, Nicky Jam and Shakira lead the list of finalists for the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards, set to air live April 27 on Telemundo. They are followed in number of entries by superstar Enrique Iglesias and regional Mexican bands Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho and Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizarraga, with eight entires each; Maluma, Juan Gabriel and J Balvin with seven each; and Wisin and Carlos Vives with six each. The top finalists illustrate a Latin music market that is increasingly becoming a singles market -- one where pop/urban fusions predominate, and where Colombian acts are singularly dominant. None of Nicky Jam, Shakira or Enrique Iglesias, for example, had a new album out within the eligibility period of the awards, which run from Feb 6, 2016 through Jan. 28, 2017. Instead, they are all finalists on the strength of their singles. Nicky Jam is a nine-time finalist largely thanks to his chart-topping song “Hasta el amanecer,” up for hot Latin song of the year, airplay song of the year, digital song of the year, streaming song of the year and Latin rhtyhm song of the year. The rapper, whose longtime gameplan is to only release one lead single a year -- though let’s see if that changes in 2017 -- is also a finalist for Latin pop song of the year for “Ya me enteré,” his collaboration with Mexican pop group Reik. Nicky Jam is also up for artist of the year. Shakira, who ties with Nicky Jam for most entries, also didn’t release an...

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