Maluma will perform and get the Extraordinary Evolution Award at the 2018 Latin American Music Awards, which will take place Oct. 25 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Telemundo and Universo will have the U.S. telecast of the three-hour ceremony at 8 p.m. ET. The Extraordinary Evolution Award is a special prize given to a young artist who has demonstrated accelerated growth and achieved success in a short period of time. At 24 years old, Columbian singer Maluma has released three albums, and has already racked up several hit singles that have gone platinum or multiplatinum in Latin American countries, including "Cuatro Babys," "Felices los 4," "Corazon" and "Clandestino."
J Balvin and Ozuna are the leading nominees for the 2018 Latin American Music Awards, having received nine nominations each. Following close behind is Nicky Jam, who has eight nominations. Meanwhile, Daddy Yankee has six nods; Bad Bunny, Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga and Christian Nodal have five nominations each; and Luis Fonsi, Maluma, Romeo Santos, Shakira and Wisin have four nods each.
In addition to Maluma, the other announced performers for the show are Cardi B, Nodal, Pitbull, CNCO, Ludacris, Prince Royce, Becky G, Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga, Tini, Leslie Grace, Flo Rida and Alvaro Soler.
The Latin American Music Awards, now in their fourth annual ceremony, are voted for by fans. To select winners, fans from the United States and Puerto Rico can vote online until 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on Oct. 10, and fans worldwide can vote via Twitter. Telemundo and Somos Productions are the producers of the Latin American Music Awards.