Don Omar, Prince Royce Win Big at Billboard Latin Music Awards

In a year when Billboard’s Latin charts were dominated by uptempo dance music and a slew of younger names, veteran hitmaker Don Omar and newcomer Prince Royce tied as the biggest winners at the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards, earning eight honors each.

Presented by State Farm, the awards show aired live April 26 on Telemundo from the BankUnited Center in Miami, featuring performances by Don Omar and Prince Royce, as well as, Juanes and Brazilian artist Michel Teló, the lattermost singing his No. 1 hit “Ai Se Eu Te Pego” on U.S. TV for the first time.

Thanks to sales and airplay of his self-titled debut album, urban bachata star Prince Royce was named artist of the year, which considers an artist’s combined rankings on Billboard’s sales, radio and digital songs charts. After winning the new Latin artist honor in 2011, Prince Royce was able to sustain that momentum in 2012, with his work on indie label Top Stop also winning accolades as album of the year, in addition to digital album, tropical album and tropical albums artist, solo.

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In a year when Billboard’s Latin charts were dominated by uptempo dance music and a slew of younger names, veteran hitmaker Don Omar and newcomer Prince Royce tied as…