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2014 Billboard Latin Music Award Nominees

The names of the finalist for the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards taking place on April 24 in Miami, Florida, have been released. The event will be broadcast live on Telemundo, giving fans the opportunity to enjoy the entertainment and see how their favorite artists fare in the awards ceremony. This will be the 25th anniversary of the Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards and organizers have lined up a star-studded program of entertainment, including Andrea Bocelli, who is to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Other artists who will be performing include Laura Pausini, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, David Bisbal, Luis Fonsi, Prince Royce, Juanes and Chayanne, who reportedly plans to debut his first single from his latest album. With 23 studio albums, more than 50 music videos, and sales of over 40 million albums worldwide, Puerto Rican singer Chayanne has strong following of fans wherever he goes.

Some of the finalists for the Billboard Latin Music Awards are:

'Artist of the Year'
Marc Anthony, Prince Royce, Jenni Rivera and Romeo Santos

'Tour of the Year'
Marc Anthony, Emmanuel & Mijares, Alejando Fernandez, and Luis Miguel

'Social Artist of the Year'
Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Prince Royce, and Shakira

'Crossover Artist of the Year'
Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and Robin Thicke

'Hot Latin Song of the Year'
Marc Anthony - Vivir Mi Vida
Enrique Iglesias feat. Romeo Santos - Loco
Prince Royce - Darte Un Beso
Romeo Santos - Propuesta Indecente

'Airplay Song of the Year'
Marc Anthony - Vivir Mi Vida
Enrique Iglesias feat. Romeo Santos - Loco
La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho - El Ruido de Tus Zapatos
Prince Royce - Darte Un Beso

'Top Latin Album of the Year'
Marc Anthony - 3.0
Alejandro Fernandez - Confidencias
Jenni Rivera - La Misma Gran SeƱora
Jenni Rivera - Joyas Prestadas: Pop

'Latin Pop Song of the Year'
Marc Anthony - Vivir Mi Vida
Daddy Yankee - Limbo
Enrique Iglesias feat. Romeo Santos - Loco
Prince Royce - Darte Un Beso

The complete list of nominees can be viewed on the billboard.com website

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