By NAN ET Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. 20, 2018: Don’t look for any reggae category or reggae artists among this year’s Billboard Music Awards nominees. There are none!
Despite the fact that there is a Reggae Billboard chart and a tremendous crossover success of the music form being incorproated by mainstream artists like Ed Sheeran, the genre is MIA from this year’s nominations.
There is, however, a Top Latin Album category and Caribbean music fans will just have to settle for the four Caribbean and few Caribbean roots singers among this year’s top nomination.
Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, both Caribbean-born artists, have made the list this year as have Puerto Rico’s Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee and Cardi B and Bruno Mars.
Mars, who roots extend to Puerto Rico, is among the leaders with 15 BBMA nominations while Cardi B, whose roots extend to Trinidad and the Dominican Republic, has 8 nominations including for Top New Artist.
Rihanna is up for Top Female Artist and Top R&B Song for her collaboration with DJ Khaled & Bryson Tiller on “Wild Thoughts.” while Minaj is up for Top Female Rap Artist.
Fonsi and Daddy Yankee have 7 nominations apiece.