Gustavo Santaolalla Named Icon At BMI Latin Music Awards
June 13, 2008 at 5:19 AM (PT)
BMI held its 15th annual Latin Music Awards at the BEVERLY WILSHIRE in LOS ANGELES last night. Esteemed composer and producer GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA was named a BMI Icon; JUAN LUIS MORERA LUNA and LLANDEL VEGUILLA MALAVÉ, better known as reggaetón duo WISIN & YANDEL, and singer/songwriter ESPINOZA PAZ comprised the three-way tie for Latin Songwriter of the Year; "De Rodillas Te Pido" garnered Song of the Year honors for writer JOSÉ A. SOSA; and EDITORA ARPA MUSICAL received the Latin Publisher of the Year crown.
Hosted by BMI Pres./CEO DEL BRYANT and Assistant Vp/Latin Music DELIA ORJUELA, the black-tie dinner also touted the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed Latin songs on U.S. radio and television.
The BMI Icon award is bestowed on creators who have had a "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." An all-star musical tribute paid homage to the achievements of GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA, who joins an elite list of past honorees that includes Latin music titans LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE, JUAN LUIS GUERRA and CARLOS SANTANA, along with legends WILLIE NELSON, BRIAN WILSON, ISAAC HAYES, PAUL SIMON, DOLLY PARTON and the late JAMES BROWN.