Telemundo and Billboard announced today that world-renowned singer, entrepreneur, and actor Nicky Jam, one of the world’s reggaeton pioneers, will be honored with the Billboard Hall of Fame Award at the 2022 Billboard Latin Music Awards for an impressive artistic career that goes beyond musical performance, and considers the influence he has cemented as an artist on a global level. The award will be bestowed during the most prestigious night in Latin music, which will take place on Thursday, September 29th and will broadcast live on Telemundo at 7pm/6c from the Watsco Center in Miami, Florida.
The Billboard Hall of Fame Award is reserved for artists who have achieved worldwide recognition for their work, transcending musical genres and languages. Previous winners of the coveted award include Alejandro Fernández, Banda El Recodo, Carlos Vives, Daddy Yankee, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Franco de Vita, Joan Sebastian, José José, Marc Anthony, Marco Antonio Solís, Mongo Santamaria, Rocío Dúrcal, and Vicente Fernández.
With an urban music career spanning more than three decades, Nick Rivera Caminero, better known as Nicky Jam, is one of the pioneers of reggaeton and has become one of the great promoters of a genre that has transformed into a cultural phenomenon, contributing to the popularity of Latin music globally.
The American singer of Puerto Rican and Dominican American descent, with more than 60 million followers on social media, is one of the most prestigious reggaeton performers on the international music scene. His first radio hits such as “Yo No Soy Tu Marido,” “Me Voy Pa’l Party,” “Fiel A Tu Piel” and “La Combi Completa,” paved the way for urban music and made him one of the biggest international exponents of the genre, which he later endorsed with songs such as “Piensas En Mí,” “Curiosidad,” “Juegos Prohibidos,” and the global hit “Travesuras.” The latter peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart in 2014.
Nicky Jam later collaborated with Enrique Iglesias on “El Perdón,” which reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs where it held strong for 30 weeks (the second longest-running single in the chart’s history). The song also earned him his first Billboard Hot 100 entry in September 2015. This artist has also collaborated with other major exponents in the genre such as Daddy Yankee with whom he started his career, as well as Sech, Farruko, Anuel AA and Ozuna, among others. His collaboration on the remix of “Te Boté” with Casper Mágico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Bad Bunny and Ozuna became a worldwide phenomenon.
Throughout his widely successful career, Nicky Jam has received more than 100 nominations and 28 awards, including 13 Billboard Latin Music Awards. His songs boast more than 14.5 billion views on YouTube and 1.1 billion streams on Spotify. Songs such as “X” (35 times Platinum certification) in collaboration with J Balvin, and “Cásate Conmigo” (5 times Platinum certification) with Silvestre Dangond, became international anthems.
The Latin idol has also made his acting side known with his autobiographical series “El Ganador” on Telemundo and Netflix, and most recently joined the film “Bad Boys For Life” working directly in Hollywood alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Earlier this year, he toured the U.S. and Canada with “Infinity,” his first official tour after the pandemic.
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