Juan Luis Guerra named the BMI Icon.
Colombian rocker Juanes, Mexican songwriter Enrique “Fato” Guzman, Mexican publishing house Ser-Ca and merengue star Juan Luis Guerra were the big winners at the 13th annual BMI Latin Music awards. Held April 7 in New York City’s Metropolitan Pavilion, the ceremony recognized the songwriters and publishers of the past year’s 50 most performed Latin songs on American radio and television, according to the performing rights organization.
Juanes’ songwriter of the year award came on the strength of three winning songs: “La Camisa Negra,” “Volverte a Ver” and “Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor,” all from his album “Mi Sangre” (Surco/Universal).
The Latin song of the year award went to “Miedo,” written by Guzman Yanez (SACM). Recorded by Pepe Aguilar, the track was the theme song of Mexico’s version of “Big Brother” and helped make Guzmån a songwriter of the year finalist at last year’s Billboard Latin music awards. “Miedo” was the most performed song on BMI’s list of finalists.
Ser-Ca—the publishing company that specializes in regional Mexican repertoire and founded four decades ago by Servando Cano in Monterrey, Mexico—won publisher of the year for the second consecutive time. Ser-Ca had five titles in the top 50, including “Mi Peor Enemigo,” recorded by Bronco, and “Ojala que te Mueras,” recorded by Pesado.
The big star of the evening, however, was tropical music icon Juan Luis Guerra, named the BMI Icon for his “Unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Guerra, who is widely credited with contemporizing bachata music and taking it to the mainstream, is the author of such hits as “Burbujas de Amor,” “Las Avispas” and “Bachata Rosa.” He was feted with a performance by some of tropical music’s biggest names.
The BMI awards were hosted by BMI president & CEO Del Bryant and Diane Almodovar, VP of writer/publisher relations in Miami.