Veterans tie for songwriter of the year.

Emilio Estefan and Estéfano tied for songwriter of the year at the 12th annual BMI Latin Awards, presented last night (April 21) in Las Vegas. Both placed three titles on BMI's list of the 50 most-performed Latin songs during the last year.

This marks Estéfano's sixth win for songwriter of the year. His tracks included Marc Anthony's "Ahora Quién" and Ricky Martin's "Y Todo Queda En Nada" by Ricky Martin. Estefan's tracks were Cristian Castro's "No Hace Falta" and Victor Manuelle's "Tengo Ganas."

The BMI Latin Awards honor the writers and publishers of the most performed songs on U.S. radio and television. This year's honors are for the period from July 2003 to June 2004.

Other big winners were Juanes, who won song of the year for "Fotografía," a duet he wrote and recorded with Nelly Furtado, and Ser-Ca Publishing, named publisher of the year. Ser-Ca, founded 40 years ago in Monterrey, Mexico, by Servando Cano, had six titles on BMI's list, including three by Norteño/Tejano group Intocable.

Carlos Santana was honored as the BMI Icon for his "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers."

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