Songwriters Horacio Palencia and Espinoza Paz, along with publishers Editora Arpa Musical and Universal Music Publishing Group were the lead winners at the 18th annual BMI Latin Music Awards, which took place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas Thursday.
Palencia, who's crafted hits for many leading regional Mexican acts, was named Songwriter of the Year for the success of "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 Espinoza Paz earned Song of the Year honors for his hit "Lo Intentamos," published by Arpa.
UMPG collected the Publisher of the year award for nine charting songs performed by a variety of acts from different genres: "Abusadora" and "Gracias a Tí" (performed by Wisin y Yandel), "Esa Muchachita" (Los Reyes del Arranque), "Hasta Abajo" (Don Omar), "Manos Al Aire" (Nelly Furtado), "Mi Complemento" (Los Huracanes del Norte), "Niña Bonita" (Chino y Nacho), "¿Quién Es Usted?" (Sergio Vega) and "Sufre" (Dareyes de la Sierra).
Songwriter, producer and musician Kike Santander received the BMI President's Award for his "profound influence on the entire entertainment industry." Santander has won BMI Latin Songwriter of the year three times and has earned 25 BMI Latin awards in his career. He was also Billboard's Latin Songwriter of the year in 1999.
The awards were hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Delia Orjuela, BMI Vice President, Latin Music, and honored the writers and publishers of the past year's 50 most-performed Latin songs on U.S. radio and television.