Miami: Singer Gerardo Ortiz, who calls his style "progressive" norteno, is a contender in 10 categories of the first annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards.
The nominations were announced Thursday on Telemundo television during a special edition of the network`s morning show, "Levantate".
The award categories are derived from radio airplay and figures on sales of both discs and digital downloads, while the nominations reflect artists` performance on the Billboard charts between Aug 28, 2010, and Aug 11 of this year.
Ortiz and Larry Hernandez, nominated in nine categories, both sing "narco-corridos", ballads about the lives - and usually violent - deaths of drug traffickers.
Espinoza Paz, who also picked up nine nominations, favours romantic banda songs.