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Enrique Iglesias and Shakira lead Billboard Latin Music nominations

February 11, 2011 Daddy Yankee, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Prince, Gloria Estefan, Jose Feliciano, Marc Anthony, Pitbull, Aventura, Lady Gaga, Don Omar, Juan Luis Guerra

International superstar Enrique Iglesias dominates the list of finalists for the 22nd annual Billboard Latin Music awards.

The "I Like It" singer received 14 nominations while Latin hip shaker Shakira followed close behind with 13.

Telemundo announced the nominees Thursday during a live broadcast of its morning show, "Levantate."

Each year, the Billboard Latin Music Awards recognizes the most popular Latin music on the charts and features top solo performers & Latin groups vying for top honors in such categories as pop, rock, tropical, Mexican regional music and Reggaeton.

Iglesias, who is currently on tour to promote his highly successful album, "Euphoria," is nominated for Latin Artist of the Year, Latin Pop Airplay and Hot Latin Song of the Year, among others.

Columbian singer Shakira could also take home a few Billboard awards of her own for her hit songs "Loca" and "Waka Waka(This Time for Africa," which became the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Mexican trio Camila is competing for 10 awards, veteran singer Juan Luis Guerra is up for nine awards and Bachata sensation Aventura and Miami-born rapper Pitbull are vying for seven.

In Billboard's more surprising finalists is singer Lady Gaga, whose English-language songs "Alejandro," "Bad Romance" and "Paparazzi" have crossed over to Latin music stations. The singer is being nominated for Hot Latin Songs Artist of the year, female, a nod for her influence on Latin radio's increasing willingness to play Top 40 mainstream acts as part of their mix.

Other nominated artists include Daddy Yankee, Marc Anthony, Don Omar and Bachata newcomer Prince Royce.

Billboard has yet announced the winners of this year's prestigious Spirit of Hope, Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame Awards. Previous honorees include Willy Chirino, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin and Jose Feliciano.

Telemundo will air the 22nd annual Billboard Latin Music Awards live on April 28 from the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami.

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By: Maverine Lane

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