The 21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards are happening tonight in Miami, Florida, but even before the festivities begin, J Balvin has won big. By securing 13 nominations from the Academy, the reggaeton star has taken the Guinness World Records title from Puerto Rican duo Calle 13, who previously held the top spot with their ten nominations for the 12th annual ceremony back in 2011.
Earning more than a dozen nominations, the Colombian star is being recognized in categories all across the board. He received two nominations in the Record of the Year category for “Rojo” and “China,” and two nominations in the Album of the Year category for Colores and his collaborative project with Bad Bunny, Oasis.
Plus, Colores and Oasis also received nominated in the Best Urban Music Album category, while “Rojo” received nods for Best Urban Song and Best Short Form Music Video.
This isn’t the first time the Reggaeton’s Global Ambassador has been recognized, as he already has four Latin GRAMMY Awards under his belt. Before seeing what accolades he takes home at tonight’s ceremony, Balvin won the Latin GRAMMY for Best Urban Song twice, for “Ay Vamos” in 2015 and “Con Altura” in 2019. He’s also taken home the trophy for Best Urban Music Album twice, winning for Energía in 2016 and for Vibras in 2018.
J Balvin earned his first Guinness World Records title in March 2016 when he broke the record for the longest stay at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart by a single artist with his hit “Ginza.” The song dominated the charts, staying at the top spot for an impressive 22 weeks.
During his official certificate presentation back in 2017, the official Guinness World Records adjudicator said, “seeing Balvin’s career trajectory, we can foresee that this will not be the only record broken and certified by Guinness World Records.” Today, that the prediction became a reality.
J Balvin posted about the accomplishment today on Instagram, thanking Daddy Yankee for inspiring him to get into reggaeton in the first place.
“This is a recognition of our genre, a victory that recognizes our work and music as valuable as all genres, we are on the right track,” he wrote in his caption. “13 nominations in a single edition is a new Guinness World Record. Our genre is here to stay. Thank you Daddy Yankee for the inspiration.”