2018 Latin American Music Awards: Celeb Secrets’ Winner Predictions

Here’s who we think will be the winners at one of Latin music’s biggest nights!

Camila Cabello performs "Havana" at the Latin American Music Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

While we’re only a few weeks away from Latin music’s biggest night, everyone at Celeb Secrets Country is already talking about who will be at the 2018 Latin American Music Awards this year.

Announced last month, it was revealed that Ozuna and J Balvin top the list of nominees with nine nominations each. Close behind is Nicky Jam with eight, Daddy Yankee with six, and Luis Fonsi, Shakira, among others with four each. You can view the full list of nominees here.

2018 Latin AMAs: Nominee Playlist

We must say, the competition is HOT this year. With so many talented artist in each category, it’ll be interesting to see who actually takes home the big W on October 25th!

Keep scrolling to read our predictions and make sure to tune in to the 2018 Latin American Music Awards LIVE from Hollywood’s The Dolby Theatre on Thursday, October 25th @ 7/6c on Telemundo to see who wins.

Artista del Año / Artist of the Year

Bad Bunny

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Christian Nodal

Daddy Yankee

J Balvin

Luis Fonsi

Maluma

Nicky Jam

Ozuna

Shakira

OUR PICK: Ozuna 

Yikes! Can this category get more difficult? It is SO hard to pick who will win Artist of the Year since all these artists are absolutely killing the game right now! But we have a feeling this is Ozuna‘s year and will take home this award. The reggaeton singer is simply unstoppable with all this latest hits, not to mention his countless collaborations with artists like Cardi B, Daddy Yankee, and Bad Bunny to name a few.

 

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Nuevo Artista del Año / New Artist of the Year

Bad Bunny

Manuel Turizo

Raymix

Sebastián Yatra

OUR PICK: Bad Bunny 

Although all these solid contenders had phenomenal career debuts this year, we think this category is all Bad Bunny! Not only has the Latin trap king taken over the Latin urban scene, but his party smash “I Like It” with Cardi B and J Balvin climbed to No.1 in the country. His crossover talent will definitely win him this category!

Sencillo del Año / Song of the Year

Becky G feat. Bad Bunny – “Mayores”

Daddy Yankee – “Dura”

J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé – “Mi Gente”

Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”

Maluma & Nego do Borel – “Corazón”

Nicky Jam & J Balvin – “X”

Wisin feat. Ozuna – “Escápate Conmigo”

OUR PICK: J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé – “Mi Gente”

All of these songs dominated our playlists all year long so this category is definitely a close call. But Beyoncé‘s remix to “Mi Gente” sent shock waves across the Latin world when she released the multi-cultural hit. There’s no doubt it is the biggest song of the year!

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Álbum del Año / Album of the Year

Christian Nodal – Me Dejé Llevar

J Balvin – Vibras

Nicky Jam – Fénix

Ozuna – Odisea

Wisin – Victory

OUR PICK: Ozuna – Odisea 

While all of these albums transcend musical genres, we think this is going to be Ozuna‘s night hands down! His debut album ‘Odisea’ simply dominated the charts, and we just can’t get enough! It has it all to satisfy all your musical tastes. Weather you’re in the mood to dance to a reggaeton hit, listen to a hip hop smash, or dab to Latin trap, ‘Odisea’ has you covered.

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Artista Favorita – Femenina / Favorite Artist – Female

Becky G

Jennifer Lopez

Karol G

Natti Natasha

Shakira

OUR PICK: Becky G

This category is such a tough call! I mean it only features the most iconic Latina queens all in one category. But Becky G has had such a big year in the Latin world- a total crossover superstar that transcends musical boundaries in English and Spanish. We are calling this one for the urban pop princess!

J Balvin performs onstage at the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on April 26, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(April 25, 2018 – Source: David Becker/Getty Images North America)

Artista Favorito – Masculino / Favorite Artist – Male

Daddy Yankee

J Balvin

Maluma

Nicky Jam

Ozuna

OUR PICK: J Balvin

All these talented artists in this category makes it extremely difficult to chose who will win Favorite Male Artist. But J Balvin is especially killing it right now, and we’re sure fans will honor all his outstanding work with this AMA!

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Dúo o Grupo Favorito / Favorite Duo or Group

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Calibre 50

CNCO

La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho

Zion & Lennox

OUR PICK: CNCO

Our favorite boyband will have all their fans gushing all night long during the Latin AMA’s. We wouldn’t be surprised if we see the Miami-based group accept this award among many others! Not only is their hit single “Hey DJ” certified 6x Platinum, but their self-titled album CNCO topped the 2018 charts!

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Artista Favorito – Pop / Favorite Artist – Pop

CNCO

Luis Fonsi

Shakira

OUR PICK: Luis Fonsi

Luis Fonsi is one of the most talented singer-songwriters the Latin world has ever seen. With his top-charting hits like “Despacito” and “Echame La Culpa” featuring Demi Lovato, we’re sure fans will win him Favorite Pop Artist for always captivating us with his music!

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Álbum Favorito – Pop / Favorite Album – Pop

CNCO – CNCO

Juanes – Mis Planes Son Amarte

Sebastián Yatra – Mantra

OUR PICK: CNCO- CNCO

Again, we have to give it to our boys CNCO since they are the most influential hit-making groups today. Their self-entitled album debuted at No. 1 on multiple charts this year, and the Latin pop phenomenon keeps dominating the music industry!

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Canción Favorita – Pop / Favorite Song – Pop

Carlos Vives & Sebastián Yatra – “Robarte Un Beso”

Enrique Iglesias feat. Bad Bunny – “El Baño”

Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”

Reik feat. Ozuna & Wisin – “Me Niego”

Shakira & Nicky Jam – “Perro Fiel”

OUR PICK: Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”

A Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato collaboration? It’s definitely the recipe to win this category! The extremely catchy pop song had us singing and dancing all day long. It is their time to shine with an AMA for their amazing work together.

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Artista Favorito – Regional Mexicano / Favorite Artist – Regional Mexican

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Calibre 50

Christian Nodal

OUR PICK: Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga has been one of the most respectable groups in the Regional Mexican scene for over a decade, making us fall in love with their love songs over and over again. They’re such an iconic group who we predict will take home this AMA!

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Álbum Favorito – Regional Mexicano / Favorite Album – Regional Mexican

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga – La Mejor Versión De Mí

Christian Nodal – Me Dejé Llevar

T3r Elemento – Underground

OUR PICK: Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Although Christian Nodal is a strong contender in this category, we predict Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga‘s heart-wrenching album will take the win!

Calibre 50 onstage at the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on April 26, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(April 25, 2018 – Source: David Becker/Getty Images North America)

Canción Favorita – Regional Mexicano / Favorite Song – Regional Mexican

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga – “Tu Postura”

Calibre 50 – “Corrido de Juanito”

Christian Nodal – “Me Dejé Llevar”

La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho – “Entre Beso y Beso”

Raymix – “Oye Mujer”

OUR PICK: Calibre 50 – “Corrido de Juanito”

Calibre 50‘s “Corrido de Juanito” is a top-charting regional mexican hit that earned them over 254 million views on YouTube-just to give you a glimpse of the songs’ well-deserved success. It takes us on a journey of the singer’s life, and resonates with so many Mexican immigrants who leave their home country for the American dream.

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Artista Favorito – Urbano / Favorite Artist – Urban

J Balvin

Maluma

Ozuna

OUR PICK: Maluma

This list just keeps getting more difficult! All three artists are dominating the Latin music scene this year, but we predict that Maluma‘s international fan army will win him an AMA for Favorite Urban Artist.

VEVO

Canción Favorita – Urbano / Favorite Song – Urban

Becky G feat. Bad Bunny – “Mayores”

Daddy Yankee – “Dura”

J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé – “Mi Gente”

Nicky Jam & J Balvin – “X”

Wisin feat. Ozuna – “Escápate Conmigo”

OUR PICK: Wisin feat. Ozuna – “Escápate Conmigo”

“Escápate Conmigo” is the song that we just couldn’t get out of our heads all year long. It is one of our ultimate favorite tracks this year, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it picks up the win!

Álbum Favorito – Urbano / Favorite Album – Urban

J Balvin – Vibras

Ozuna – Odisea

Yandel – #Update

OUR PICK: Ozuna- Odisea 

Ozuna made history this year on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart as ‘Odisea’ became the longest leading No. 1 album by a male artist. He has become a Latin icon, and this category has Ozuna’s name written all over it.

Romeo Santos (L) meets his wax figure at the opening of Sabor Latino music experience at Madame Tussauds New York on July 19, 2017 in New York City.
(July 18, 2017 – Source: Cindy Ord/Getty Images North America)

Artista Favorito – Tropical / Favorite Artist – Tropical

Gente de Zona

Nacho

Romeo Santos

OUR PICK: Romeo Santos

Romeo Santos‘ captivating vocals has made him one of the most influential Bachata stars in the world. He has won countless awards for his amazing talent and has played a major role in transforming the urban bachata genre into a mainstream phenomenon. We predict he will take home this AMA!

Canción Favorita – Tropical / Favorite Song – Tropical

Nacho – “Báilame”

Romeo Santos feat. Nicky Jam & Daddy Yankee – “Bella y Sensual”

Romeo Santos feat. Ozuna – “Sobredosis”

Silvestre Dangond & Nicky Jam – “Cásate Conmigo”

Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skilz & Elvis Crespo – “Azukita”

OUR PICK: Romeo Santos feat. Nicky Jam & Daddy Yankee – “Bella y Sensual”

Romeo Santos is nominated twice in this category, and we definitely see “Bella y Sensual” winning this award. It features Latin superstars Nicky Jam and Daddy Yankee in this extremely catchy hit. It just doesn’t get any better than this!

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 21: Carlos Vives performs onstage during the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards held at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on November 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Álbum Favorito – Tropical / Favorite Album – Tropical

Carlos Vives – VIVES

Orquesta Akokán – Orquesta Akokán

Victor Manuelle – 25/7

OUR PICK: Carlos Vives – VIVES

Carlos Vives‘Vives’ is the Colombian superstar’s fourth studio album that features hit songs like “Robarte un Beso”-fans just couldn’t get enough! The eleven times Latin Grammy winner is unstoppable. This award is calling his name!

Singer Demi Lovato arrives at the 2017 American Music Awards on November 19, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Artista Favorito – Crossover / Favorite Crossover Artist

Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Demi Lovato

OUR PICK: Demi Lovato 

Another tough category filled with Latina superstar queens! But Demi Lovato‘s hit sensation “Echame La Culpa” with Luis Fonsi, transcended musical boundaries. We predict the iconic singer will win this AMA.

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Tour Favorito / Favorite Tour

Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull

Jennifer Lopez

Luis Miguel

Romeo Santos

Timbiriche

OUR PICK: Jennifer Lopez

Now you know we have to pick the fabulous and iconic queen JLo to take this win. She is simply one of best performers we have seen like-ever! We predict Ms. Jenny from the block will be on stage accepting her well-deserved award.

Anitta attends the MTV MIAW 2018 at Citibank Hall on May 23, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
(May 22, 2018 – Source: Mauricio Santana/Getty Images South America

Video Favorito / Favorite Video

Anitta “Medicina”

Juanes “Pa Dentro”

Nacho “No te Vas”

Residente & Dillon Francis Feat. iLe “Sexo”

Ricardo Arjona “El Cielo a Mi Favor”

OUR PICK: Anitta “Medicina”

“Medicina” became our favorite Latin song by Brazilian pop star Anitta. She is one of the top-leading woman artists in reggaeton as her hit exploded on the charts. With the song’s singable chorus and the video’s visuals, we predict Anitta will be recognized with this AMA.

Written by Jessica Cardenas

Jessica is a proud Latina and go-getter lady with a passion for entertainment, digital media, hosting, and storytelling. As a strong reporter, she has covered entertainment and local news stories that captivate the audience. She loves creating her own content and being a voice for others through media. Chasing her dream one coverage at a time!