Puerto Rican reggaeton music star Bad Bunny and former Tijuana and San Diego singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas share a pair of nominations for the 2022 Latin Grammy Awards, which were announced Tuesday morning.
Bad Bunny, who performed to near-full crowds Saturday and Sunday at San Diego’s Petco Park, has 10 nominations in the lead. He and Venegas are nominated alongside Puerto Rican producer and songwriter Tainy for Best Reggaeton Song and Best Urban Performance.
Both nominations are for the song “Lo Siento BB/:,” which Venegas and Bad Bunny co-wrote and recorded together for Tainy’s upcoming new album, “Data.”
In addition to Venegas — who was born in Long Beach and raised in Tijuana and Chula Vista — Tuesday’s nominations include nods to at least two other artists raised in Tijuana.
Grupo Firme, the brassy banda and ranchera group that headlined their own concert at Petco Park on August 27, is up for Best Regional Song. Their nomination is for the song “Cada Quien”, a collaboration with Colombian vocal star Maluma. The song’s five co-writers include Grupo Firme frontman Eduin Caz.
And Los Tucanes de Tijuana, the controversial narcocorridos band that performed at Dodger Stadium and the San Diego County Fairgrounds Grandstand, is nominated this year for Best Norteño Album. Their nomination is for “Corridos Felones (Serie 35)”, which loosely translates to “Felony Songs”.
Los Tucanes de Tijuana perform on October 2 at Petco Park’s Gallagher Square after the San Diego Padres’ baseball game against the Chicago White Sox. The band performed at the same venue last year.
Bad Bunny, born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, is this year’s top contender. His 10 nominations include Album of the Year (for “Un Verano Sin Ti,” the best-selling album of 2022 so far in the US) and Record of the Year (for “Ojitos Lindos.” ).
Close behind in the nominations are Mexican songwriter and producer Edgar Barrera with nine, Puerto Rican singer Rauw Alejandro with eight and Argentinian troubadour Jorge Drexler, New York native Christina Aguilera and Spanish singing sensation Rosalía , with seven each.
Rosalía will perform in San Diego on October 2 at SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater.
More than 18,000 entries in 53 categories have been submitted for the 2022 Latin Grammy Awards, the 23rd annual event. The winners will be announced during a Nov. 17 telecast on Univision that will air live from the Michelob Ultra Arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
A full list of nominees is available at latinggrammy.com/en.