Awards Categories for The LUKAS 2018

The Latin UK Awards is Europe’s only awards ceremony to celebrate Latino culture in all its diversity and manifestations: music, dance, theatre, film, arts, and sport. The public is invited to nominate candidates for The LUKAS 2018 until April 28th. Voting will commence on May 5th. Awards include Alternative Act, Brazilian Act, Classical, Jazz or Folk Act, Vocalist, Urban Act, Tropical and Brazilian Dance Performers, Visual Artist, Film, Footballer, and many more, not forgetting the Lifetime Achievement Awards, won by stars like Colombian guitarist Phil Manzanera, (Roxy Music), Royal Ballet dancer Carlos Acosta, and Bianca Jagger for her contribution to Human Rights. Here below you can find the full list of awards categories and a link to nominate.


2017 was the year that Latin music conquered the world. For decades Latin music has inspired mainstream global culture, but now Latin American artists are making the global hits, in their own language. With its unique fusion of influences from Europe, Africa and Asia mixed with and indigenous and modern American, Latin music continues to create exciting sounds that captivate audiences. Here are the awards recognising the best Latin music outputs and talent from the UK, Europe and around the world.

  • Alternative Act of the Year
  • European Alternative Act of the Year
  • Brazilian Act of the Year
  • European Brazilian Act of the Year
  • Classical/Jazz/Folk Act of the Year
  • European Classical/Jazz/Folk Act of the Year
  • Tropical Act of the Year
  • European Tropical Act of the Year
  • Musician of the Year (band leader or outstanding soloist)
  • Vocalist of the Year
  • Club DJ of the Year
  • Tropical DJ of the Year
  • Urban Act of the Year
  • Production of the Year (e.g. EP, Album)
  • European Production of the Year
  • Song of the Year
  • International Artist of the Year
  • International Breakthrough Artist of the Year



Latin dances are captivating global audiences more than ever before. It’s time to recognise the real stars of the show – from Tango and Salsa to Samba and Flamenco. Here are the awards for the UK’s and Europe's best dancers in each of these world famous genres.

  • Brazilian Dance Performers of the Year
  • European Brazilian Dance Performers of the Year
  • European Tango Dance Performers of the Year
  • Tropical Dance Performers of the Year
  • European Tropical Dance Performers of the Year
  • Dance Production of the Year



This year's World Cup will again no doubt exhibit why Latin Americans are considered the best footballers in the world, with the inevitable resulting influx of new Latin American players to the Premier League. The world’s most watched Football league would not be the same without this influx, which is why we celebrate Latin American, Portuguese and Spanish contribution to British football.

  • Sports Personality of the Year
  • Football Personality of the Year
  • Manager of the Year



Artistic creativity has long been one the Latin World’s biggest exports. Beyond music and dance, Latin American and Spanish film, theatre and visual arts, offer their unique perspective on the world. In film especially, Latin American directors have gone from being an art novelty to at the forefront of Hollywood's most commercially succesful. Here we celebrate the artists that have exhibited, performed or screened their work in the UK in the last year.

  • Visual Artist of the Year
  • Film of the Year
  • Performing Artist of the Year
  • Theatre Production of the Year



Whose the person that has captured your heart or your imagination this year? Whose that pioneer whose lifetime of work deserve special recognition? Whose that talented youngster who you think will be the face of the future?

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Personality of the Year
  • Rising Star Award