Urban powerhouse Don Omar leads this year's contenders for the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards, with 18 nominations. Close behind are bachata superstar Romeo Santos, with 12, and urban duo Wisin & Yandel and banda star Jenni Rivera (above) with 11 nods each. The nominations were announced Tuesday in Miami.
Rivera, who died in a plane crash in December, tops all female nominees, including Colombian superstar Shakira, with seven. Rivera received two nominations for album of the year, "Joyas Prestadas" and the compilation "La Misma Gran Señora."
Other contenders: bachata star Prince Royce, 10; urban Latin hitmaker Pitbull, nine; Mexican rockers Mana, eight, and Latin pop singer-composer Ricardo Arjona, three. (Arjona stops next week in Chicago, with a Feb. 14 concert at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont.) Mexican icon Vicente Fernandez, who had to curtail his farewell tour because of emergency surgery (done at the University of Illinois-Chicago), is up for best tour.
The awards, which are televised live on Telemundo, will be presented April 25 in Miami. The honors are determined by actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data as indicated by Billboard magazine's weekly Latin music charts during a one-year period from the issue dated Feb. 4, 2012, to Jan. 26, 2013.