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A rich array of artists are finalists for the second Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Presented by State Farm, the awards can be seen on Telemundo live from Los Angeles on Oct. 18. Finalists-and winners-are determined by Billboard chart performance during the eligibility period of Aug. 27, 2011, through Aug. 18, 2012. Award categories are based on album and digital track sales data provided by Nielsen SoundScan and radio airplay monitored by Nielsen BDS. For a complete list of finalists, go to


The three DJs behind 3BallMTY hail from Monterey, Mexico, and have created tribal guarachero by mixing cumbia and electronica. Leading this year's finalists, the group is a contender in 12 categories, including artist, new artist and song of the year. The trio bowed with the album "Intentalo". The set peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart while its title track spent two weeks at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs.

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La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho has entertained fans for more than five decades. This year the group is a finalist for nine awards including artist and songs artist of the year. Its hit "Llamada de Mi Ex" ("Call From My Ex") is a finalist for song and banda song of the year. The group's musical director, Fernando Camacho Tirado, is a finalist in the producer of the year category.

Gerardo Ortiz

Regional Mexican singer/songwriter Gerardo Ortiz is a finalist in 11 categories including artist, song, norteno artist and digital download artist of the year. His "Entre Dios y el Diablo" is a finalist for album and norteno album of the year, while "Amor Confuso" is up for song and norteno song of the year. Originally discovered on YouTube, Ortiz continues to engage fans on Twitter and Facebook.

Espinoza Paz

Espinoza Paz is a finalist for artist, male artist, songs artist, digital download, albums artist and banda artist of the year with two albums, "Canciones Que Duelen" ("Songs That Hurt") and "Un Hombre Normal" ("A Normal Man"). Paz's composition "Para No Perderte" is a finalist for norteno song, while the singer is up for both songwriter and producer of the year. Paz plans to expand his reach in Latin America, and earlier this year he appeared in director Patricia Riggen's film "Girl in Progress" starring Eva Mendes.

America Sierra

Singer/songwriter America Sierra is a finalist for new artist and female artist of the year. The award-winning artist has been in the music business for more than a decade, but it was her vocals that helped give DJ collective 3BallMTY's "Intentalo" extra heft alongside singer El Bebeto. The songstress is also featured on 3BallMTY's "Besos al Aire" ("Air Kisses").

Banda Carnaval

Banda Carnaval is a finalist for new artist of the year. The band is best-known for performing cumbias and romantic songs, and has become a favorite for its compositions of heartache that capture the spirit of the popular genre. The act's album, "Maximo Nivel", arrived during the summer and keeps reaching new fans in the United States and elsewhere.

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