Songwriters Horacio Palencia and Espinoza Paz were among the top winners at the 18th annual BMI Latin Music Awards, which took place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas on March 10.

Palencia was named songwriter of the year for "Me Gusta Todo de Ti" (performed by Banda el Recodo), "Mi Complemento" (Los Huracanes del Norte) and "Otro de Esos Cuentos" (Banda Pequeños Musical). Singer/songwriter Paz earned song of the year honors for his hit "Lo Intentamos," published by Arpa.

Universal Music Publishing Group collected the publisher of the year award for nine charting songs performed by a variety of acts from different genres, including "Abusadora" and "Gracias a Ti" (performed by Wisin y Yandel), "Manos Al Aire" (Nelly Furtado) and Chino y Nacho's "Niña Bonita." Songwriter/producer/ musician Kike Santander received the BMI President's Award for his "profound influence on the entire entertainment industry."

The awards-hosted by BMI president/CEO Del Bryant and VP of Latin music Delia Orjuela-honored the writers and publishers of the past year's 50 most-performed Latin songs on U.S. radio and TV.


Latin music icons Celia Cruz, Tito Puente and Selena, along with Argentine tango legend Carlos Gardel and Brazilian samba singer/film star Carmen Miranda, will appear on a new series of U.S. postage stamps. The U.S. Postal Service chose the artists for their "lasting impact on American music." The stamps were officially unveiled in a ceremony at South by Southwest on March 16, when they will be available at post offices and on