Bad Bunny, Rauw Alejandro lead list of Latin Grammy nominees

Berenice Bautista
The Associated Press

It seems that "Un Verano Sin Ti" ("A Summer Without You") was not so sad for Bad Bunny.

The Puerto Rican musician is the most nominated for the 23rd Latin Grammy Awards, with nods for record and album of the year in nominations announced Tuesday by the Latin Recording Academy.

Rauw Alejandro and Rosalía (with eight nominations each) and Christina Aguilera and Jorge Drexler (seven) were the other top nominees.

Bad Bunny is also up for best urban song and best urban fusion/interpretation for his ubiquitous nightclub anthem “Tití Me Preguntó,” as well as best reggaeton performance and best urban song for “Lo Siento BB:/,” featuring Julieta Venegas and Tainy. 

But the reggaeton hero, who has previously won four Latin Grammys, did not get a nomination in song of the year category, an award for songwriters. He will compete for best urban music album for "Un Verano Sin Ti" and record of the year for his hit "Ojitos Lindos." 

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The nominations for Bad Bunny come at a time when he remains at the top of the charts in Latin America and globally for his album released in early May. He received artist of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards (the first foreign-language singer to do so), and his tour is the most lucrative in the world.

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But as Latin Grammy pundits know, enormous popularity is no guarantee of a nomination for a golden gramophone, a peer-voted award for musical excellence.

"These nominees that you see today are a reflection that Latin music is going through an incredible moment and that the members are also acknowledging with musical excellence something that at the same time is having commercial success," says Manuel Abud, general director of the Latin Recording Academy.

The Latin Grammys will broadcast live Nov. 17 from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

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Nominees in top categories:

RECORD OF THE YEAR

"Pa Mis Muchachas" (Christina Aguilera, Becky G, Nicki Nicole featuring Nathy Peluso)

"Castillos De Arena" (Pablo Alborán)

"Envolver" (Anitta)

"Pa’lla Voy" (Marc Anthony)

"Ojitos Lindos" (Bad Bunny and Bomba Estéreo)

"Pegao" (Camilo)

"Tocarte" (Jorge Drexler and C. Tangana)

"Provenza" (Karol G)

"Vale La Pena" (Juan Luis Guerra)

"La Fama" (Rosalía featuring The Weeknd)

"Te Felicito" (Shakira and Rauw Alejandro)

"Baloncito Viejo" (Carlos Vives and Camilo)

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ALBUM

"Aguilera" (Christina Aguilera)

"Pa’lla Voy" (Marc Anthony)

"Un Verano Sin Ti" (Bad Bunny)

"Deja" (Bomba Estéreo)

"Tinta Y Tiempo" (Jorge Drexler)

"Ya No Somos Los Mismos" (Elsa y Elmar)

"Viajante" (Fonseca)

"Motomami" (Rosalía)

"Sanz" (Alejandro Sanz)

"Dharma" (Sebastián Yatra)

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SONG

"A Veces Bien Y A Veces Mal" (performed by Ricky Martin featuring Reik)

"Agua" (Daddy Yankee, Rauw Alejandro and Nile Rodgers)

"Algo Es Mejor" (Mon Laferte)

"Baloncito Viejo" (Carlos Vives and Camilo)

"Besos En La Frente" (Fonseca)

"Encontrarme" (Carla Morrison)

"Hentai" (Rosalía)

"Índigo" (Camilo and Evaluna Montaner)

"Pa Mis Muchachas" (Christina Aguilera, Nicki Nicole, Becky G featuring Nathy Peluso)

"Provenza" (Karol G)

"Tacones Rojos" (Sebastián Yatra)

"Tocarte" (Jorge Drexler and C. Tangana)

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