By Lynn Ponder: Today Telemundo announced the finalists for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm® during a special live telecast of its morning show “Levantate.” The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 26 at BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida and will be produced and broadcast live in HD by Telemundo. The complete list of finalists, in addition to unlimited and exclusive access to this year’s event, can be found at www.telemundo.com, the official website of the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm®.
Leading all artists as a 16-time finalist in 14 categories is Don Omar who is up for awards in major categories. Transcending cultures and languages, and known for successful collaborations with other artists; Pitbull, the self-proclaimed “Mr. 305” for his Miami roots is a 14-time finalist in twelve categories . Prince Royce, a recipient of the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Award for Latin Artist of the Year, New, continued his success in 2012 with his album “Prince Royce” and the single “Corazon Sin Cara,” and is now a finalist in 12 categories.
After the release of their single “Lluvia y corazón” during the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards, Mexican rock band Maná enjoyed great success, and they are 11-time finalists this year.
Bachata superstar singer and songwriter Romeo Santos, also the lead vocalist of Aventura, had a successful year as a solo artist. He is a 10-time finalist including Artist of the Year; Albums Artist of the Year, Male. International leading female singer Shakira is up for 10 awards in nine categories including, Artist of the Year; Year.
Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel is competing for 8 awards. Internationally renowned Enrique Iglesias is up for 6 awards. Finalists up for 5 awards include, La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas and Lucenzo.
Finalists up for 4 awards include Afrojack, Cristian Castro, Gerardo Ortiz, Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda, Nayer and Ne-Yo. Among those up for 3 awards are Aventura, Camila, Chino & Nacho, Jenni Rivera, Jennifer Lopez, Los Bukis, Ricky Martin and Tito “El Bambino.”
Meanwhile, Alexis & Fido, Daddy Yankee, Espinoza Paz, Fidel Rueda, Hector Acosta, Il Volo, La Original Banda el Limon de Salvador Lizarraga, Larry Hernandez, Los Tigres Del Norte, Reik, RKM & Ken-Y and Usher are finalists for 2 awards each.
Bueno Mi Gente estaremos super emocionados de felicitar a todos los finalistas en la alfombra roja de The Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 26 via Telemundo WEPA!!!