Maluma will receive a special recognition at the Latin American Music Awards

Maluma performing during his F.A.M.E. tour. Kevin Winter Getty Images

Controversial Colombian singer Maluma will receive the Extraordinary Evolution Award at the Latin American Music Awards gala (Latin AMAs) to be held Oct. 25 at the prestigious Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

Hispanic television network Telemundo announced Monday that this award is given to a young artist that represents change, growth and has reached success in their career in a short time.

Maluma has also confirmed his participation as a performer at the Latin AMAs, which will be broadcast live. The show will also be broadcast simultaneously by the Spanish entertainment channel Universo.

The singer of “El préstamo” and “El clavo” is on tour in support of his most recent album F.A.M.E., which debuted at the top of the Billboard Top Latin Albums list in June and is currently in fifth place.

Maluma, who has found success with Latin pop, urban and trap, has managed to place 25 songs on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs list.

“Chantaje” (2016), his duet with Shakira, spent 11 weeks at the top of the list. His third collaboration with Shakira, “Clandestino,” is in the top 10, according to data provided by Telemundo.

On social media Maluma has reached the impressive sum of 17.5 million subscribers on YouTube, 35.5 million on Instagram, 5.6 million on Facebook and 5.6 million on Twitter.

The artists with the most Latin AMAs nominations this year are J Balvin (9), Ozuna (9), Nicky Jam (8), Daddy Yankee (6), Bad Bunny (5), Banda MS by Sergio Lizárraga (5), Christian Nodal (5), Luis Fonsi (4), Maluma (4), Romeo Santos (4), Shakira (4) and Wisin (4).

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