Edén Muñoz & Manuel Turizo Named Songwriters of the Year at SESAC Latin Music Awards

Edén Muñoz and Manuel Turizo are sharing a special honor…

The 30-year-old Mexican singer, the charismatic lead singer of regional Mexican group Calibre 50, and the 21-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter have both been recognized as Songwriter of the Year at the annual SESAC Latin Music Awards 2021.

Eden Munoz & Manuel Turizo

It’s the first time in awards history that the top award was presented in two categories — Regional Mexican and Pop/Latin Rhythm — and it underscores how both urban and regional Mexican music have taken a front seat in Latin music in the past year.

Muñoz won songwriter of the year in the regional Mexican category for the second time for songs penned both for Calibre 50 (“Barquillero,” “Solo Tú”) and for other groups, including Banda MS (“Cerrando Ciclos”) and Banda Carnaval (“Esta Vez Soy Yo”). All were recognized with SESAC Latina Performance Awards.

Muñoz’s publisher, Dulce María Music, won publisher of the year, Regional Mexican.

Turizo, who often writes with brother Julián and is known for his deep, velvety voice, won songwriter of the year, Pop/Latin Rhythm for the first time with his songs “TBT,” “Quiéreme Mientras Se Pueda,” “Te Quemaste,” “Pegao,” “La Nota” and “No Encuentro Palabras,” which were all recognized with SESAC Latina Performance Awards.

His publisher, Sony Sounds (Sony Music Publishing) won publisher of the year for the sixth consecutive year.

The song of the year award in regional Mexican went to Christian Nodal for “Se Me Olvidó.” The track peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart and spent 23 weeks on the chart.

In the Pop / Latin Rhythm category, song of the year went to Ñengo Flow for “Safaera,” the hit he wrote and performed with Jowell & Randy and Bad Bunny for Bunny’s hit album YHLQMDLG.

The track peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.

Although these year’s winners will be announced on SESAC’s social media channels and website due to the pandemic, the organization has honored the best in Latin music every year for nearly three decades.

“There is no doubt that music makes our world a better place to enjoy life, helping us overcome any difficult situation like the one we are facing now,” said Celeste Zendejas, vice president of SESAC Latina. “Thanks to all our songwriters for capturing all their experiences and feelings in each song.”

“It has been an exciting year in Latin music, and we are proud to celebrate and honor SESAC Latina’s songwriters’ and publishers’ most performed songs,” said Sam Kling, senior vice president of creative operations, SESAC Rights Management in an official statement. “Their songs have blended genres, transcended eras, and made their way to non-Spanish speaking audiences in unprecedented ways.”

Christian Nodal Wins Three Prizes at iHeartRadio Music Awards

Christian Nodal is celebrating a memorable night…

The 22-year-old Mexican singer, a three-time Latin Grammy winner, picked up three awards at Thursday night’s iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Christian Nodal

Nodal’s picked up the awards for Regional Mexican Album of the Year (AYAYAY!), Regional Mexican Song of the Year (“Se Me Olvidó”), and Regional Mexican Artist of the Year.

Nodal had previously won two iHeartRadio Music Awards in 2018.

Bad Bunny continues his winning ways with YHLQMDLG.

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican superstar’s Grammy-winning album was named The Latin Pop/Reggaeton Album of the Year.

Karol G’s insta-hit single “Tusa,” featuring Nicky Minaj, was named Latin Pop/Reggaeton Song of the Year.

J Balvin was named Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist of the Year, while Rauw Alejandro won the Best New Latin Artist prize.

In the non-Latin categories, Jhene Aiko was the sole Latinx winner…

The 33-year-old part-Spanish and part-Dominican American singer’s Grammy-nominated album Chilombo won the R&B Album of the Year.

Here are the winners:

Song of the Year:
WINNER: “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd

Female Artist of the Year:
WINNER: Dua Lipa

Male Artist of the Year:
WINNER: The Weeknd

Best Duo/Group of the Year:
WINNER: Dan + Shay

Best Collaboration:
WINNER: “Savage” (Remix) – Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé

Best New Pop Artist:
WINNER: Doja Cat

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:
WINNER: “Level of Concern” – twenty one pilots

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:
WINNER: twenty one pilots

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:

Rock Song of the Year:
WINNER: “Shame Shame” – Foo Fighters

Rock Artist of the Year:
WINNER: The Pretty Reckless

Country Song of the Year:
WINNER: “The Bones” – Maren Morris

Country Artist of the Year:
WINNER: Luke Bryan

Best New Country Artist:
WINNER: Gabby Barrett

Dance Song of the Year:
WINNER: “Roses” (Imanbek Remix) – SAINt JHN

Dance Artist of the Year:
WINNER: Marshmello

Hip-Hop Song of the Year:
WINNER: “The Box” – Roddy Ricch

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:
WINNER: Roddy Ricch

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:
WINNER: Roddy Ricch

R&B Song of the Year:
WINNER: “Go Crazy” – Chris Brown & Young Thug

R&B Artist of the Year:

Best New R&B Artist:
WINNER: Snoh Aalegra

Latin Pop/Reggaeton Song of the Year:
WINNER: “Tusa” – KAROL G & Nicki Minaj

Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist of the Year:
WINNER: J Balvin

Best New Latin Artist:
WINNER: Rauw Alejandro

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:
WINNER: “Se Me Olvidó” – Christian Nodal

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:
WINNER: Christian Nodal

Producer of the Year:
WINNER: Max Martin

Songwriter of the Year:
WINNER: Ashley Gorley

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category
WINNER: “Adore You” – Harry Styles

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category
WINNER: “Juice” (Lizzo) – Harry Styles cover

Best Fan Army: *Socially Voted Category

Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category
WINNER: “Dynamite” – BTS

Social Star Award: *Socially Voted Category
WINNER: Olivia Rodrigo

Favorite Music Video Choreography: *Socially Voted Category
WINNER: BTS – Son Sung Deuk

TikTok Bop of the Year (New Category): *Socially Voted Category
WINNER: “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd

Pop Album of the Year
WINNER: Taylor Swift – Folklore

Alternative Rock Album of the Year
WINNER: Machine Gun Kelly – Tickets to My Downfall

Rock Album of the Year
WINNER: AC/DC – Power Up

Country Album of the Year
WINNER: Luke Combs – What You See Ain’t Always What You Get

Dance Album of the Year
WINNER: Diplo – Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley, Chapter 1: Snake Oil

Hip-Hop Album of the Year
WINNER: Lil Baby – My Turn

R&B Album of the Year
WINNER: Jhene Aiko – Chilombo

Regional Mexican Album of the Year
WINNER: Christian Nodal – AYAYAY!

Latin Pop/Reggaeton Album of the Year

Christian Nodal In Talks with Selena Gomez for Possible Collaboration

Christian Nodal could be collaborating with a big Latina pop star…

The 21-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter, who released his EP AyAyAy! In late May, tells Billboard he could be teaming up with Selena Gomez.

Christian Nodal

“We are actually talking with Selena Gomezfor something in Spanish,” he fesses. “Drake Bellalso wrote to me on Instagram. It was so cool because I remembered all of my childhood.”

In this seven-track EP AyAyAy!, released on May 29 via Fonovisa, Nodal didn’t shy away from experimental fusions, dropping a norteño-tropical hybrid (“No Es Justo Por El”), a mariachi-tinged country song (“Se Me Olvido”), and even his own version of the ‘50s classic doo-wop “Tonight I Fell in Love” by The Tokensin “Anoche Me Enamore.”

“When I’m listening to music, my emotions change and that’s why I wanted to release part of the album,” said Nodal during a recent Instagram Live Q&A with Billboard.

“I’m taking advantage because I’m young, I’m 21, and because I love music in general,” he says. “With this album, I want to take Regional Mexican to the next level and that’s why I included cumbia, ‘70s rock, salsa, vallenatos, and more.”

AyAyAy!is the first part of Nodal’s upcoming full-length third studio album. “In September I’m releasing the second half. That album is 100 times better because it has all of my favorite songs,” he assures.

Christian Nodal Releases New Mariachi-Country Single “Se Me Olvido”

Christian Nodal is a little forgetful…

The 21-year-old Mexican singer/songwriter has released a new single for the broken-hearted who are enjoying the single life, entitled “Se Me Olvido.” 

Christian Nodal

With lyrics like “I forgot I was hurt because you left me / now that I’m dancing I stopped missing you,” and “I’m beginning to like being single and I’m going to stay that way,” the Mexican crooner sings about feeling better and happier after a breakup.

Composed by Edgar Barreraand Geovani Cabrera, “Se Me Olvido” fuses country music with mariachi and comes with a playful clip that was filmed in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

In the music video, Nodal is seen singing the song as he’s joined by a group of people having a great time at a festival in a desert setting.

Nodal is a three-time finalist at the 2020 Billboard Latin American Music Awards. The awards show will air live April 23 on Telemundo.