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Latin Grammys 2018: Meet the Best New Artist Nominees

Billboard logo Billboard 9/25/2018 Suzette Fernandez
a person wearing a costume: Karol G © John Parra/WireImage Karol G

The nominees for the 2018 Latin Grammys were announced Sept. 20. As usual, one of the most popular categories was the best new artist field, in which all nominees were extremely excited to receive such an important and once-in-a-lifetime nomination.

Billboard has gathered more details about all the 2018 hopefuls. From Karol G to Christian Nodal, meet the Latin Grammys' 2018 best new artist nominees.

Karol G

Carolina Giraldo Navarro, better known by her stage name Karol G, is a Colombian reggaeton/urban singer and songwriter.

Musical influences: Rihanna, Selena Quintanilla

Biggest milestone: With her latest video “Culpables,” featuring Anuel AA, Karol G peaked at No. 3 on YouTube’s global chart.

On the Billboard charts:  On Hot Latin Songs Karol G has eight total charted titles. Out of those, two went top 10:  "Ahora Me Llama” with Bad Bunny (peaked at No. 10 on chart dated Nov. 4, 2017), and “Mi Cama” with J Balvin featuring Nicky Jam, which peaked at No. 6 on the Aug. 25, 2018-dated chart.

Why people should listen to her music: Karol G is breaking all the barriers in urban music. She has established that women can also be powerful without losing her essence.

Listen to the latest release below:

Angela Aguilar

At only 14 years old, Angela Aguilar nabs two nods at the 2018 Latin Grammys: best new artist and best regional Mexican/mariachi album for Primero Soy Mexicana. The daughter of renowned Mexican singer Pepe Aguilar, Angela is part of the new wave of Regional Mexican singers changing the game. -- JESSICA ROIZ

Biggest milestone: Two Latin Grammy nominations.

On the Billboard charts: Her album Primero Soy Mexicana peaked at No. 13 on the Latin Albums Sales chart, dated May 12, 2018 and on the Regional Mexican Digital Songs Sales chart  “Tu Sangre en Mi Cuerpo” peaked at No. 2 (chart dated July 8, 2017) and “La Llorona” debuted at No. 14 on the chart dated April 14, 2018 (only one charted week).

Why people should listen to her music: Angela Aguilar’s music shows Pepe Aguilar’s musical background, but she definitely has her own style as a millennial artist.

Listen to the latest release:

Anaadi

Anaadi is one of Brazil’s most promising new acts. The singer and actress is catching everyone’s attention with her eclectic sound that blends jazz, reggae, soul and Brazilian rhythms. -- JR

Biggest milestone: In 2017, she dropped her jazz album Nocturno.

On the Billboard charts: N/A

Why people should listen to her music: Anaadi’s music style and sounds are spiritual and classic.

Listen to the latest release:

LosPetitFellas

LosPetitFellas is an alternative musical project born in 2006 under the name of Pet Fella and led by vocalist Nicolás Barragán. Today, the band includes Sebastian Panesso (guitarist), Adrián Hidalgo (saxophonist), Nicolás Garzón (bassist), Andrés Gómez (keyboardist), Cesar Henao (drummer) and David Cortés (engineer). Their intention is to generate a positive, creative and fresh space for alternative music in the country.

Biggest milestone: Latin Grammy nomination.

On the Billboard charts: N/A

Why people should listen to their music: This rock band is giving Latin alternative music a creative twist, experimenting with jazz, funk, hip-hop, soul and blues.

Listen to the latest release:

Nana Mendoza

Nana Mendoza is an emerging artist from Mexico, and she's giving music lovers a taste of her neo-soul-meets-hip-hop-meets-R&B-meets-organic-beats sound. Nana has toured with Sin Bandera and was the lead voice of Cacho Gaytan’s project “La Manzana del Jazz.” -- J.R.

Biggest milestone: Her latest album Miradas.

On the Billboard charts: N/A

Why people should listen to her music: Nana Mendoza’s music is fresh, organic and authentic.

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Benjamin Walker

Benjamin Walker is a Chilean singer-songwriter who has been making music since childhood and professionally sings trova. For his second album, Brotes (2017), he exhibited a style beyond the traditional trova, approaching pop.

Biggest milestone: Latin Grammy nomination.

On the Billboard charts: N/A

Why people should listen to his music: His musical style is a mix of trova, bossa nova and pop.

Listen to the latest release:

El David Aguilar

El David Aguilar is a singer-songwriter of independent Mexican music who has been interpreting his songs throughout Mexico since 2003. He has performed his songs in Spain, France, Cuba, the United States, Argentina and Uruguay. He has recently been invited to collaborate on various projects by renowned songwriters, such as Kevin Johansen and Jorge Drexler.

Biggest milestone: Five Latin Grammy nominations in four categories: song of the year, album of the year, best new artist and best songwriter album.

On the Billboard charts: N/A

Why people should listen to his music: His music is a mix of the Mexican, Brazilian and Spanish rhythms with rock-pop-folk from the '60s to the '90s.

Listen to the latest release:

Alex Ferreira

Álex Ferreira is a Dominican singer/songwriter and has collaborated and shared the stage with artists such as Fito Páez, Jorge Drexler, Iván Ferreiro, Russian Red, Mäbu, Lori Meyers, Ximena Sariñana, Natalia Lafourcade, Gaby Moreno, Lisandro Aristimuño and Xoel López.

Biggest milestone: Latin Grammy nomination.

On the Billboard charts: N/A

Why people should listen to his music: He is a Dominican singer who presents rock and pop in a particular way.

Listen to the latest release:

Christian Nodal

Christian Nodal is a Mexican singer-songwriter of mariachi. At age 13, he discovered that he had the ability to write songs and decided to put his feelings into words and transform them into songs. "Te Falle" is one of the songs that he made known via social networks.

Biggest milestone: Latin Grammy nominations.

On the Billboard charts: On the Regional Mexican Albums chart, Me Dejé Llevar debuted at No. 1 on chart dated Sept. 6, 2017. It remained at the penthouse for 46 weeks. The most weeks at No. 1 for an album by a male artist in the history of the chart, thus far. It has also earned the record for an album with second-most weeks ever (behind only Selena's Amor Prohibido with 97 weeks at No. 1).

Why people should listen to his music: Christian Nodal's style is mariachi fused with Norteño, without leaving aside his best instrument: the accordion.

Listen to the latest release:

Claudia Prieto

A Colombo-Venezuelan singer-songwriter who aims to conquer the world hypnotizing everyone with traveling lyrics and fresh melodies, always making songs and everything.

Biggest milestone: Latin Grammy nomination

On the Billboard charts: N/A

Why people should listen to her music: Claudia Prieto offers the “folk portátil.”

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