Colombian superstar Maluma made Latin Grammy history when the nominations were announced on Sept. 26. In total, he is up for seven awards, but six of his nominations are divided evenly between Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Latin music's most in-demand artist worked on multiple collaborations last year and it comes through for him with an unprecedented amount of nods in a single category.
Maluma debuted on the music scene in 2011 with his first album, Magia, but it wasn't until 2014's PB.DB. The Mixtape where he started to make a dent on the U.S. Latin charts. Fast-forward to the tail end of 2015 with the release of Maluma's breakthrough album, Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy, and the year following amounted to multiple top 10 hits on those same charts. Latin music's biggest stars took notice of the rising rapper-singer and reached out to him for collaborations. Thalía, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Sin Bandera, Anitta and more linked up with Maluma on some of last year's hottest tracks.
Last year's busy music grind for Maluma led to a history-making amount of nominations in a single category when the Latin Grammy Awards revealed the nominees. In the Record of the Year category, Maluma is up a whopping three times for the sunny and sexy hit "Felices Los 4," the hypnotic "Chantaje" with Shakira and the sizzling "Vente Pa'Ca" with Martin. All three collaborations are nominated for Song of the Year as well and since the 23-year-old reggaetonero co-wrote them that accounts for another three nods. Lastly, "Chantaje" is a contender for Best Urban Fusion Performance, rounding out seven overall nominations for Maluma.
For Song of the Year and Record of the Year, Maluma is against some tough competition with Latin Grammy favorites like Rubén Blades, Juanes and Calle 13's Residente in the mix alongside Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's ubiquitous mega-hit "Despacito." Hopefully, his multiple nominations in each category don't lead to a split vote among the three songs. Maluma is a reliable feature artist, but a vote for him should really go toward "Felices Los 4," where he delivers an irresistible smash all on his own. The Latin Grammy Awards will air on Thursday, Nov. 16 on Univision.