“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber was one of the biggest hits of the year, which is why the MTV Video Music Awards came under fire for snubbing it almost entirely this past summer. But now the groundbreaking crossover hit is a contender in three categories at the 2017 American Music Awards. Can it prevail at these fan-voted prizes — and maybe even sweep?
The Spanish-language “Despacito” made history by reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and stayed there for almost the entire summer — 16 weeks total, tying the all-time record set by “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men 21 years ago. On top of that, the music video for the original version of “Despacito,” without Bieber, set the record as the most watched video of any kind in YouTube history. As of this writing it has been viewed more than 4.1 billion times, which puts it ahead of the second-place video, “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, by almost a billion views.
But despite the success of the video, it didn’t make the cut anywhere when this year’s VMAs announced their nominees, not Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, or even Best Collaboration. Instead, the VMAs announced it a few weeks later as one of eight nominees for Song of the Summer, which it lost to “XO Tour Llif3” by Lil Uzi Vert.
However, the AMAs have made up for those slights. They’ve nominated the Bieber remix for Collaboration of the Year and Favorite Pop/Rock Song, while the music video sans Bieber is nominated for Video of the Year. Can it win any of those? It’s currently in second place for Pop/Rock Song with 23/10 odds, behind Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You.” It’s also second in the race for Video of the Year with 12/5 odds, in this case behind “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars. But it is currently the frontrunner in our predictions for Collaboration of the Year, getting leading odds of 4/5.
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