"Premio Lo Nuestro" is the longest running and most popular Latin music awards show in the U.S. A gala ceremony is held every year to honor the very best talent in the Latin music industry, with popular vote deciding who the winners are. This year has truly been great for Latin music all across the globe. Many artists have transcended the language barrier and have been able to position themselves as recognized figures in other environments other than the Spanish market, and Univision recognizes their talent and achievements, as well as the hard work for those who are very popular only in the Latino community.
This year, the superstar nominees for the 2014 edition of Univision's "Premio Lo Nuestro a la Música Latina" were revealed today, Dec. 5, during a star-studded broadcast of Univision Network's top-rated morning show, "Despierta América." With contenders in 33 different categories across four music genres - Pop, Tropical, Regional Mexican, and Urban- the list includes the biggest names in today's Latin recording industry, many of which are vying for multiple awards. Four world-famous Hispanic megastars with very different music styles are tied for the most nominations this year, each receiving five.
Spanish pop singer/songwriter Alejandro Sanz, a perennial hit-maker for the past two decades; Colombian neo-vallenato artist Carlos Vives, who is enjoying a phenomenal comeback after several years away from the limelight; best-selling tropical recording artist and crossover star Marc Anthony, whose latest single, "Vivir Mi Vida," has shot to the top of the music charts and just won a Latin Grammy; and Dominican-American bachata idol Prince Royce, who was last year's biggest "Premio Lo Nuestro a la Música Latina" winner.
Next on the list with four nominations each are Regional Mexican bands Calibre 50 and Voz de Mando, Norteño music artist Noel Torres, bachata star Romeo Santos, and urban/tropical performer Tito el Bambino. They are followed by America Sierra, Banda El Recodo, Don Omar, Elvis Crespo, J Alvarez, Jenni Rivera, Jesse & Joy, Rigú, Thalía, Victor Manuelle, and Wisin y Yandel, all vying for three awards each.
"Despierta América" contacted Jenni Rivera's sister, Rosie Rivera to tell her about the late singer's nominations. "Thank you so much for remembering the queen and for never forgetting she is the number one. These things keep her alive, and I know she's still here thanks to this award show," she said about "La Diva de la Banda." Several nominees were also present on the "Despierta América" set in Miami this morning during the announcement of the Premio Lo Nuestro nominations, including Chino y Nacho, Tommy Torres, Elvis Crespo, Rigú, and Leslie Grace, while Noel Torres joined in via satellite from Los Angeles.
The 26th Annual "Premio Lo Nuestro a la Música Latina" ceremony will be broadcast live from the American Airlines Arena in Miami on Thursday, February 20, 2014 on the Univision Network. Fans can vote for their favorite artists between December 5 and December 27, 2013 on www.PremioLoNuestro.com. For the full list of the nominees in the Pop Category, click here. For the nominees of the Urban Category, click here. For the complete list of the Mexican Regional nominees, click here. And for the list of the Tropical Category nominees, click here.