2012 Latin Music Billboard Awards Predictions

It’s Latin Billboard Awards time! This year is essentially a duel between one of Latina‘s favorite hot guys, Pitbull, and one of our favorite reggaetoneros, Don Omar, to see which artist be the king. Pit and DO have a combined 27 nominations! While we’re sure they’ll take home the majority of the statuettes, check out our picks in 10 prime categories below. Also, check out the full list of Latin Billboard nominees and watch the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards at 7P/6C on Telemundo tomorrow.

1. Songs Artist of the Year, Male:

Songs Artist of the Year, Male:

Enrique Iglesias

Don Omar

Prince Royce

Pitbull — Mr. 305 has owned the charts the last 365-plus days! We have a good feeling he is taking this one...


2. Songs Artist of the Year, Female:

Songs Artist of the Year, Female:

Alejandra Guzman

Jenni Rivera

Shakira

Jennifer Lopez — The American Idol judge had a musical rebirth last year. She's definitely snagging this one.


3. Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda

La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas

Wisin y Yandel

Mana — The venerable rockeros recently sold out L.A.’s Staples Arena; they’ll snag this award in their sleep!


4. Album of the Year:

Album of the Year:

Viva El Principe by Cristian Castro

Drama y Luz by Mana

Prince Royce — The baby faced bachetero’s self-titled debut album introduced the world to the future of his genre.

Formula: Vol. 1 by Romeo Santos


5. Latin Pop Song of the Year:

Latin Pop Song of the Year:

“Lluvia Al Corazon” by Mana

“Taboo” by Don Omar

“Give Me Everything” by Pitbull

“Ven A Bailar” by Jennifer Lopez f/ Pitbull — How could they not win? J. Lo’s Lambada-inspired club banger brought sexy back.


6. Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:

Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:

Larry Hernandez

Gerardo Ortiz

Fidel Rueda

Espinoza Paz — El Cantautor del Pueblo pours his heart and soul into every lyric he pens and it shows.


7. Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:

Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:

Larry Hernandez

Jenni Rivera — La Diva will reign supreme.

Gerardo Ortiz

Joan Sebastian


8. Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

El Trono de Mexico

Intocable

Los Tigres del Norte — The Mexican legends worked with an eclectic, talented bunch on their Unplugged set — Juanes, Residente (Calle 13) and Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine).

Los Bukis


9. Artist of the Year:

Artist of the Year:

Mana

Prince Royce

Shakira

Romeo Santos — The former Aventura lead singer’s debut solo album, Formula: Vol. 1, set the table for his worldwide domination. King of bachata, indeed.


10. Song of the Year:

Song of the Year:

“Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar — DO’s Brazilian-tinged banger racked up the club spins and YouTube hits.

“Taboo” by Don Omar

“Give Me Everything” by Pitbull

“Corazon Sin Cara” by Prince Royce