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REGGAETON STAR OZUNA DOMINATES THE LIST OF FINALISTS FOR THE 2019 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS ON TELEMUNDO

As a 23-time Finalist, Ozuna Leads the Competitive List of Artists Vying for the Coveted Awards Followed by J Balvin, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee

Miami, FL – February 12, 2019 – Telemundo announced today the finalists for the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards on the network’s morning show “Un Nuevo Dia,” the network’s digital platform PremiosBillboard.com, and Billboard.com. Leading the pack with a staggering record-breaking 23 entries within 15 categories is Ozuna, followed by J Balvin and Nicky Jam who are tied with 13 entries, 12-time finalist Bad Bunny, and eight-time finalist Daddy Yankee. This urban music supremacy comes as no surprise considering its explosion in recent years, crossing language and borders to achieve international appeal. This is clearly reflected in this year’s finalists. The longest-running and most prestigious award show in the Latin music world, produced by Telemundo and Tony Mojena/Ants TV Productions, Inc., will broadcast live on Telemundo on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 8pm/7c from Las Vegas, Nevada. The show will also air simultaneously on Spanish-language entertainment cable network, Universo, and throughout the Americas via Telemundo Internacional. Tickets to the event will be announced to the public soon.

"I am extremely grateful to God for the great joy of being 23 times finalist at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. I thank my family for standing unwavering by my side, my fans for following me in every step, Billboard, Telemundo, and all the media outlets for the support they have always given me," said Ozuna regarding this notable accomplishment.

This year’s awards, which honor the top performers in Latin music, reveal a diverse group of artists vying for a distinction among 34 different categories that range from Top Latin Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Hot Latin Song of the Year to Tour of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. The categories also highlight the genres of Pop, Tropical, Regional Mexican and Latin Rhythm. Casper Magico, Darell, Nio Garcia, and Romeo Santos are six-time finalists, while Banda MS and DJ Snake are five-time finalists. Anuel AA, Cardi B, Raymix, Reik, and Shakira have four entries each. For a complete list of finalists and exclusive 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards content visit: PremiosBillboard.com.

“The Billboard Latin American Music Awards finalists represent the best in Latin music,” said Francisco “Cisco” Suarez, Executive VP of Primetime Non-Scripted Programming and Specials for Telemundo. “We are thrilled to provide them with a stage of the caliber and prestige that this awards show represents to take their music to audiences worldwide, showcasing their premieres, collaborations and exhilarating performances.”

The Billboard Latin Music Awards is the only awards show to honor the most popular albums, songs and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales, streaming, radio airplay and social data that informs Billboard's weekly charts during a one-year period from the rankings dated February 3, 2018 through this year's January 26 charts. Based on album sales, digital track sales, streaming data and monitored radio airplay provided by Nielsen Music and social media data provided by Next Big Sound, Billboard’s rankings are the world's most authoritative music charts. Finalists, and the eventual winners, reflect performance of new recordings on Billboard’s albums and songs charts, including Top Latin Albums, Hot Latin Songs, Latin Airplay, Latin Streaming Songs and Latin Digital Songs, among others.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards also present three prestigious honorary awards that include: The Spirit of Hope Award, Hall of Fame Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award. Some of the previous winners of Billboard’s discretionary awards include: Alejandro Fernandez, Andrea Bocelli, Banda El Recodo, Carlos Santana, Carlos Vives, Daddy Yankee, Intocable, Jennifer Lopez, Juanes, Los Tigres Del Norte, Mana, Marc Anthony, Marco Antonio Solis, Miguel Bose, Olga Tañon, Ricardo Arjona, Ricardo Montaner, Ricky Martin, Shakira, and Vicente Fernandez.

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The awards are the culmination of Billboard’s Latin Music Week, which will take place on April 22-25 at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now in its 29th year, Latin Music Week & Conference is the biggest and longest-running event dedicated to Latin Music in the world. The most respected conference in Latin music, will bring the top artists, executives and power players in the industry together for a week of concerts, showcases, interviews, keynotes and industry panels. For information visit BillboardLatinMusicWeek.com or email conferences@billboard.com

About Billboard Media Group:

Billboard is the world's largest voice in music, built on the most complete and well-respected database of charts across all music genres. The Billboard charts define success in music. From the iconic Billboard magazine to Billboard.com, the ultimate consumer-facing destination for millions of passionate music fans, to the industry's most elite conference series and influencer events including the Power 100 and Women in Music – the Billboard brand has unmatched authority among fans, artists and the industry alike. Billboard has a social media footprint of 25.5M+ million social followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and creates more than 160M+ cross-platform video views per month. Billboard magazine has published major news-generating covers recently including Travis Scott, Janet Jackson, Lil Wayne, Demi Lovato, Cardi B, Christina Aguilera, Shakira, BTS, and more. In December 2018, the Billboard Women in Music ceremony, which honored Ariana Grande as Woman of the Year, was live-streamed globally on Twitter. In 2016, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group acquired Spin Media’s storied music assets Spin, Vibe, and Stereogum, establishing the world’s largest music brand by digital traffic, social reach, and audience share. The combined entity of music and entertainment properties now reaches 41 Million + unique visitors and more than 20% of U.S. millennials.

About Ants TV Production, Inc.:

Ants TV Production, Inc. is an international company specialized in management, creative and production services for the entertainment and television industry. For the past 25 years and with Tony Mojena as its principal, Ants TV Production, Inc. has been in charge of some of the most important TV productions, artist management, concert productions, event management, corporate clients and creative concept development for TV and Radio networks. Ants TV Production, Inc. is a full production powerhouse with a proven, successful turnkey operation and counts with the most qualified experts and experienced professionals in the industry. Ants TV Production, Inc. specializes in a variety of TV show formats, live televised and non-televised events providing high quality production and creative services with world class technology.

About NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises:

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a world-class media company leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. This fast-growing multiplatform portfolio is comprised of the Telemundo Network and Station Group, Telemundo Deportes, Telemundo Noticias, Telemundo Global Studios, Universo and a Digital Enterprises & Emerging Business unit. Telemundo Network features original Spanish-language entertainment, news and sports content reaching 94% of U.S. Hispanic TV households in 210 markets through 28 local stations, 51 affiliates and its national feed. Telemundo also owns WKAQ, a television station that serves viewers in Puerto Rico. Telemundo Deportes is the designated Spanish-language home of two of the world’s most popular sporting events: FIFA World Cup™ through 2026 and the Summer Olympic Games through 2032. Telemundo Global Studios is the company’s domestic and international scripted production unit including Telemundo Studios, Telemundo International Studios, Telemundo International, as well as all of the company’s co-production partnerships. As the #1 media company reaching Hispanics and millennials online, the Digital Enterprises & Emerging Business unit distributes original content across multiple platforms, maximizing its exclusive partnerships with properties such as BuzzFeed, Vox, and Snapchat. Through Telemundo Internacional, the largest U.S.-based distributor of Spanish-language content in the world; and Universo, the fastest growing Hispanic entertainment cable network, the company reflects the diverse lifestyle, cultural experience and language of its expanding audience. NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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