Becky G to be Honored at the Latin Recording Academy’s Leading Ladies of Entertainment Luncheon

Becky G is a (leading) lady who lunches…

For the second consecutive year, the Latin Recording Academy will host its Leading Ladies of Entertainment luncheon, honoring professional women within arts and entertainment who have made significant contributions to their fields, including the 21-year-old Mexican American singer/songwriter/actress.

Becky G

In addition to Becky G, this year’s honorees include Univision journalist and anchor Pamela Silva CondeBMI’s VP of Creative for Latin music, Delia Orjuela; and Cynthia Hudson EVP and GM of CNN en Español and Hispanic Strategy for CNN/US.

“With great pride and admiration we laud these honorees who throughout their careers have continually demonstrated grit, determination, an absolute sense of pride, and an indomitable spirit,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., president/CEO of the Latin Recording Academy.

The Leading Ladies of Entertainment program launched last year with a similar lunch in Las Vegas, honoring executives like Lionfish Entertainment founder Rebeca Leon (who manages Juanes, Rosalía and J Balvin), Warner Music Latina GM Gabriela Martinez and Billboard’s executive director of Latin content and programming Leila Cobo.

The event was a rare honor designed specifically for women involved in Latin music and entertainment.

Gloria & Emilio Estefan: First Hispanic Musicians to Receive the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize

Gloria and Emilio Estefan have earned an extra special prize…

The 61-year-old Cuban singer and her 65-year-old Cuban producer husband will receive this year’s Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Gloria & Emilio Estefan

The Estefans usher in two firsts for the prize: This year marks the first time it has been awarded to a married couple and the first time it’s awarded to musicians/songwriters of Hispanic descent.

“Emilio and Gloria Estefan… are the creative force behind the popularity of music steeped in the Latino culture,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “This dynamic couple’s professional and personal journey truly mirrors the American dream and we are so pleased to honor their musical legacy.”

Married since 1978, the Estefans catapulted to global fame in 1985 with Miami Sound Machine, creating a unique sound that blended Latin and pop rhythms that pulsed through hits including “Conga,” “Turn the Beat Around,” “Get on Your Feet” and “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You.”

The Estefans were each named BMI’s songwriter of the year and between them have garnered 26 Grammys. Their life story and music were showcased in the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical On Your Feet!, which they executive produced. In addition to their musical talents, they are also successful entrepreneurs, philanthropists and humanitarians.

Gloria is having a banner year of acknowledgment by the vaunted cultural institutions of the nation’s capital. This past December, Gloria was inducted into the Kennedy Center Honors. She also was part of the ensemble who last year feted 2017’s Gershwin Prize tribute to Tony Bennett.

The Estefans will receive the prize at an all-star tribute concert in March in Washington, D.C., that will later be aired on PBS.

Mirella Cesa to Perform at Verano Alternativo Showcase During the Latin Alternative Music Conference

Mirella Cesa is hitting the Big Apple

The 33-year-old Ecuadorian singer, who has been called the “mother of Andipop,” will take part in a summer showcase spotlighting some of the most innovative Latin indie music acts.

Mirella Cesa

Co-sponsored by BMI and taking place during the Latin Alternative Music Conference, Verano Alternativo will take place on July 10.

The event will also feature Latin Grammy-nominated Mr. Pauer, MitreVivanativa, PJ Sin Suela, Cheryl Rivera and Maréh.

“New York City has such a rich musical history, and this showcase will give fans and industry executives alike an opportunity to tap into that and hear what’s trending in Latin music,” said Joey Mercado, BMI executive director, creative, Latin Music, adding that some of the genres represented will include rock, hip-hop and electronic, among others.

The free event takes place at Drom, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 at 6:00 pm ET.

For more information, follow @bmi and #BMILAMC.

Residente to Receive BMI Champion Award

Residente is a true champion

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican singer/songwriter will be receiving the BMI Champion Award at the 25th Annual BMI Latin Awards, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) announces exclusively on Billboard.

Residente

It’s the first time in the history of the annual gala that the honor will be given to a Latin artist.

The Champion Award will recognize Residente’s musical career and philanthropic efforts.

“Outside of being one of Latin music’s most highly decorated award-winners, Residente is a true humanitarian,” said Delia Orjuela, BMI Vice President of Creative, Latin Music in a statement.

The 22-time Latin Grammy winner now joins Keith Urban and Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA-9), who were both honored with the champion award, in honor to their commitment to support the next generation of songwriters and music makers.

Meanwhile, Luis Fonsi will receive the BMI President’s Award at the ceremony that will be held on Tuesday, March 20th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA and hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and Delia Orjuela.

J Balvin’s “Ginza” Wins Big at the BMI Latin Music Awards

The accolades keep coming for J Balvin

The 31-year-old Colombian singer picked up a big prize at the annual BMI Latin Music Awards, which were held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

J Balvin

J Balvin, who recently joined voices with former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello and Pitbull on a single for the latest Fast & Furious movie, earned Contemporary Latin Song of the Year 2016 honors for his hit single “Ginza.”

Horacio Palencia won Regional Mexican Song of the Year for his hit “Solo con verte” (Banda MS). He was also awarded with the Regional Mexican Songwriter of the Year for the sixth time.

The iconic East L.A. band Los Lobos, whose career spans more than four decades, was honored with the special BMI Icon Award and celebrated by taking the stage and performing a medley of their classic tunes.

For the second year in a row, the BMI Latin publisher of the year award went to Sony/ATV Music Publishing with 14 songs among the most popular of the year, including Gente de Zona‘s “La gozadera,” Ricky Martin‘s “La mordidita” and Yandel‘s “Encantadora.”

Here’s the complete list of honorees:

Below is the complete list of winners.

Icon Award

LOS LOBOS

Regional Mexican Song of the Year 2016

SOLO CON VERTE
Horacio Palencia
Briser Publishing

Contemporary Latin Song of the Year 2016

GINZA
J Balvin
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Regional Mexican Songwriter of the Year 2016

HORACIO PALENCIA
Piénsalo
Por Si Estás Con El Pendiente
Solo Con Verte
Ya Te Perdí La Fe

Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year 2016

JOSÉ “GOCHO” TORRES
Ahora Que Te Vas
No Me Llamas
Si Lo Hacemos Bien

ARBISE “MOTIFF” GONZALEZ
La Gozadera
Me Voy Enamorando
Traidora

Latin Publisher of the Year 2016

SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING
Ahora Que Te Vas
Disparo Al Corazón
Encantadora
Fanática Sensual
La Gozadera
La Mordidita
Lejos De Aquí
Me Voy Enamorando
No Me Llamas
Nota De Amor
Perdido En Tus Ojos
Si Lo Hacemos Bien
Te Busco
Traidora

Award Winning Songs

A Lo Mejor
Espinoza Paz
Don Corazon Publishing
GSALL Music
Universal Music-Careers

Ahora Que Te Vas
José “Gocho” Torres
Platinum Muse Music Publishing LLC
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

Bonito Y Bello
Jesús Omar Tarazón
Grandes Exitos Arpa Musical
Songs of Melody

Borro Cassette
Juan “Maluma” Londono

Cajita De Cartón
Wilfran Castillo (SAYCO)
SER-CA Publishing, Inc.

Como Tú No Hay Dos
J. Martin “El Cuate” Garcia
Ruben “El Cuate” Garcia
Gar-Mex Music

Culpa Al Corazón
Geoffrey “Prince Royce” Rojas
peermusic III, Ltd.

Debajo Del Puente
Salvador Aponte
Rogelio Salazar
Gar-Mex Music

Después De Ti, ¿Quién?
Espinoza Paz
Anval Music
Don Corazon Publishing
Los Compositores Publishing
Universal Music-Careers

Disparo Al Corazón
Pedro Capó
Ricky Martin
Dharmik Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Timbasoul Publications
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

El Amor De Su Vida
Julio Cesar Bahumea Ayala
JA International Publishing

El Papel Cambio
Cuitla Vega
Las Quintas Music Publishing, Inc.

Encantadora
Egbert Rosa “Haze”
Eduardo A. Vargas Berrios “Dynell”
Llandel Veguilla Malavé “Yandel”
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
La Leyenda Publishing
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Xuanlu Melody Music

Fanática Sensual
David Rafael Duran
Egbert Rosa “Haze”
Orlando Javier Valle Vega “Chencho”
Edwin F. Vásquez “Maldy”
Duran Music
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

Ginza
J Balvin
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Juntos
Juanes
Parce Music LLC
Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.
Wonderland Music Company, Inc.

La Gozadera
Arbise “Motiff” Gonzalez
Pull The Plug Music
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

La Miel De Su Saliva
Alfonso Lizárraga
Editora Arpa Musical
LGA Music Publishing
Los Compositores Publishing
Máximo Aguirre Music Publishing, Inc.

La Mordidita
Beatriz Luengo
Ricky Martin
Dharmik Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

Las Cosas De La Vida
Carlos Vives
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Write Bright Publishing

Lejos De Aquí
Víctor Viera Moore “Jumbo”
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.

Malditas Ganas
José Alfredo Ríos “El Komander”
peermusic III, Ltd.
Twiins House of Music

Me Voy Enamorando
Arbise “Motiff” Gonzalez
Miguel Ignacio Mendoza “Nacho”
Jesús Alberto Miranda “Chino”
Servando Moriche Primera Mussett
Pull The Plug Music
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Universal Music-Careers
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Muchachita Linda
Juan Luis Guerra
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Nada Más Por Eso
Jesús Omar Tarazón
BMG Platinum Songs
DEL Melodies

No Me Llamas
José “Gocho” Torres
Platinum Muse Music Publishing LLC
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

No Quería Engañarte
Wilfran Castillo (SAYCO)
SER-CA Publishing, Inc.

No Valoraste
Roberto Tapia
Roberto Tapia Music

Nota De Amor
Juan Luis Morera Luna “Wisin”
Marcos Alfonso Ramírez Carrasquillo
Víctor R. Torres Betancourt
Carlos Vives
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Yele Publishing

Panchito El F1
Mario Quintero
Canciones Primo Music

Perdido En Tus Ojos
Natti Natasha
Don Omar
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.

Piénsalo
Geovani Cabrera
Horacio Palencia
Briser Publishing

Pongámonos De Acuerdo
Alfredo Olivas
JA International Publishing
Universal Music-Careers

Por Si Estás Con El Pendiente
Horacio Palencia
Songs of Matanga Publishing

Que Aún Te Amo
Mario Alberto Zapata Montalvo
Editora Marcha Musical

¿Qué Tal Si Eres Tú?
Alejandro Bassi
Tigres Del Norte Ediciones Musicales

Qué Tiene Él
Keith Nieto
Aztekas Publishing

Si Lo Hacemos Bien
Norgie Noriega
José “Gocho” Torres
Noriega Music Publishing
Platinum Muse Music Publishing LLC
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Solita
D’Lesly Lora
Geoffrey “Prince Royce” Rojas
Yonathan Then
Dice World Publishing
Mickey Then Publishing
peermusic III, Ltd.
Tenyor Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Solo Con Verte
Horacio Palencia
Briser Publishing

Suena La Banda
Mario Quintero
Canciones Primo Music

Sunset
Tarik Johnston “Rvssian”
Shaggy
Nikolas “Sniggy” Silvera
NW Collections
Ten27 Diamond Music
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Te Busco
José Fernando Suárez “Cosculluela”
Eduardo Gonzalez
Luis Jorge Romero
Elijah Alexander Sarraga
Aquos Music Publishing
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Evo Black Music
Knockout Trax
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
peermusic III, Ltd.
Young Hollywood Music Group

Te Cambio El Domicilio
Jesús Omar Tarazón
Andaluz Music, Inc.

Traidora
Arbise “Motiff” Gonzalez
Pull The Plug Music
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

Un Desengaño
Cesar Andres Alaffa
Juan José Paez Paez (SACM)
SER-CA Publishing, Inc.

Vete Acostumbrando
Rodolfo Carlo Pérez Bribiesca
Sodin Productions LLC

Y Por Lo Pronto
Alfredo Olivas
Universal Music-Careers

¿Y Qué Ha Sido De Ti?
Espinoza Paz
Don Corazon Publishing
Los Compositores Publishing
Sublime Lyrics
Universal Music-Careers

Ya Te Perdí La Fe
Horacio Palencia
Ferca Global Publishing
Universal Music-Careers

 

Medrano to Participate at This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Conference

Manuel Medrano is representing the next generation of hitmakers…

The 29-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter will speak at the “I Write the Song, the New Generation” panel at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Conference.

Manuel Medrano

Medrano will be joined by fellow hitmakers Joss Favela, Servando, Horacio Palencia, Erika Ender and The Rude Boyz on the panel..

Medrano is a Latin Grammy-winning singer/songwriter known for his romantic ballads like “Una y otra vez“; regional Mexican singer Favela is ASCAP‘s 2016 & 2017 songwriter of the year; while Palencia is a five-time BMI songwriter of the year.

Servando is the songwriter behind Enrique Iglesias‘ Grammy-nominated hit “Duele el corazón“; Ender co-wrote Luis Fonsi‘s chart-topping hit “Despacito“; and to round out the panelists are The Rude Boyz, hitmakers behind Shakira’s “Chantaje” and Maluma’s “Borró cassette.”

The “I Write the Song” panel will take place April 26. Other confirmed panels and panelists include “Socializing Maluma” featuring the Colombian superstar; “The Latin Trap Panel” with artists like Farruko, Ozuna and Bad Bunny; and the memoirs and biopics panel titled “Me, Me, Me” with Ednita Nazario.

The 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference will kick off on April 24 with more panels and panelists set to be announced in the upcoming weeks leading up the conference.

The conference will take place on April 24-27 at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach. To register, visit BillboardLatinConference.com.

Los Lobos to Receive BMI Icon Award

The members of Los Lobos are reuniting for a special honor…

The multiple Grammy-winning rock band from East Los Angeles, best known for their hit version of “La Bamba,” will receive the BMI Icon Award during the organization’s 24th annual Latin Awards.

Los Lobos

The event, to be hosted by BMI president & CEO Mike O’Neill and Delia Orjuela, BMI VP of Latin Writer/Publisher Relations, will be held March 21 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Formed in 1973 by David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Louie Perez and Conrad Lozano — fellow students at Garfield High School in East L.A. — Los Lobos (the group also includes Steve Berlin and Enrique Gonzalez), have been doing Latin music long before Latin music was cool, blending rock ‘n roll with Chicano roots.

The group, bilingual and bicultural before the concept became a buzzword, rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987 with their cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” the same year they won a Grammy in the-then newly instated category of Best Mexican American Performance for the song “Anselma.”

Los Lobos’ exploration of the musical landscape has continued unabated, spanning Latin, folk, rock and even R&B. They’ve collected three Grammy awards along the way, plus Billboard’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

The BMI Icon Award, whose past recipients include Gloria Estefan, Paul Simon, Dolly Parton and Carlos Santana, is presented to songwriters who have had unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.

“Los Lobos have been musical ambassadors to the Mexican-American community,” said BMI’s Orjuela in a statement. “Their music reflects the diversity and musical heritage of America, weaving together blues, rock, norteño, and cumbia.”

During the March 21 ceremony, BMI will also honor the Latin songwriter, song and publisher of the year plus the writers and publishers of BMI’s most-performed songs of the past year.

This will also mark the first time ever that BMI expands its criteria for determining winners; in addition to terrestrial radio performances, data will also include streaming and satellite radio.

Trailer Released for Carey’s Event Series “Mariah’s World” for E!

Mariah Carey is letting you into her world…

E! has released the first trailer for the 46-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer’s reality series Mariah’s World, an eight-part event series that follows the Grammy-winning singer as she kicks off her Sweet Sweet Fantasy world tour.

Mariah Carey

The series follows Carey as she kicks off her tour of the United Kingdom, Europe and Africa, all while planning her upcoming wedding.

As a singer, songwriter and producer, Carey has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, 14 Billboard Music Awards and BMI’s Icon Award, among others.

She also was named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade and the World Music AwardsWorld’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium.

Later this summer, Carey will return to Las Vegas for the second half of her Mariah #1 to Infinity residency at The Colosseum, then she will head to Latin America later this fall with her Sweet Sweet Fantasy tour in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Mexico.

Mariah’s World premieres in the U.S. and Canada on Sunday, December 4 at 9:00 pm.

Premieres outside North America will then follow on E!’s 15 international channels, reaching 153 countries in 24 languages with the UK, Australia and New Zealand premiering within 24 hours of the U.S., and all international channels within two weeks of the E! U.S. broadcast.

Trevi Signs with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)

Gloria Trevi has new representation when it comes to her music…

The 46-year-old Mexican singer has signed with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) for representation of the public performances of her music catalog, according to Billboard.

Gloria Trevi

Moving forward, BMI will represent Trevi’s complete catalog, according to her management. Trevi was formerly signed to Mexico’s Society of Authors and Composers (SACM), through a license with ASCAP.

Hailed as the  “Supreme Diva of Mexican Pop” by  VH1, Trevi is one of the most celebrated figures in Latin pop, both as a musical artist and as a personality with a career that spans 25 years. She has  sold more than 20 million records.

“She’s an amazing performer who exudes so much magic on stage. As a songwriter, she evokes raw emotion and transparency, which has connected her with her myriad of fans,” said Delia Orjuela, BMI’s vice president of Latin Music. “I’ve been a fan of Gloria’s for years and foresee her flourishing even more as her brand expands.”

Trevi’s brand includes A Toda Gloria, a reality television series on mun2, and an upcoming biopic titled simply Gloria.

A prolific touring artist, Trevi became famous in the 1990s thanks to her rebellious songs and attitude, earning her the nickname “Mexican Madonna.”

Pitbull Receives BMI President’s Award

He’s made music that has seriously entertained the masses… And, now Pitbull is being recognized for his influence on the entertainment industry.

The 31-year-old Cuban American rap superstar—who recently partnered with Jennifer Lopez on “Dance Again,” their second hit single together—received the BMI President’s Award during the 19th edition of the BMI Awards.

Pitbull on Glee

Held Friday night at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas, the gala also served to recognize the work of songwriters and recording studios for the success of their musical creations in 2011.

Pitbull, who performed at the ceremony, also received the BMI award for songwriter of the year, a recognition he shared with Juan Luis Morena LunaWisin,” Llandel Veguilla MalaveYandel” and Espinoza Paz.

Niña de mi corazon,” recorded by La Arrolladora Banda El Limon, was selected as the BMI Latin song of the year with the award going to songwriter Horacio Palencia.

In the past, the BMI President’s Award has been presented to Juanes, Kike Santander and Gloria Estefan.