Mexican singer Gerardo Ortiz has been denied permission to perform in his hometown of Culiacan. Ortiz has not performed in the country since 2011, when his manager and driver were fatally wounded in Colima after gunman surrounded their vehicle and opened fire.
Citing safety concerns, public officials have denied his request to host a show in the city saying, "(The performance could) alter the social environment."
A statement from an Ortiz spokesperson to Billboard.com reads: "(Gerardo Ortiz is) very disappointed that he could not perform in his hometown. He's been looking forward to it throughout the entire Mexican tour."
Gerardo Ortiz and late singer Jenni Rivera lead the nominations for the third annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Ortiz picked up 14 nods in 13 categories including Artist of the year, Songs Artist of the Year and Albums Artist of the Year.
Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash in December (12), follows with 10 nominations in eight categories including Artist of the Year, Female; Albums Artist of the Year and Songs Artist of the Year.
Other multiple nominees include La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho, who are are up for seven awards, including Artist of the Year; Artist of the Year, Duo or Group, and Songs Artist of the Year, and Roberto Tapia, Voz de Mando and Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga who are all tied with six nominations.
The Billboard Mexican Music Awards will take place on 9 October (13) at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.