LATIN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME LAUNCHES AFTER PERSEVERING EFFORTS

The launch of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame seems to have taken place with effortless speed: Its founders announced its creation in October 2012, set up its board of directors within three months, announced a field of 24 iconic nominees and, in January, voted on five inductees who will be honored at its inaugural gala in Miami Beach on April 23, the opening night of the Billboard Latin Music Conference. But the endeavor has been years in the making.

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