Mexican songwriter Jesús Ariel Barreras, Korean pop star Psy, Spanish diva Luz Casal and publishing house Editora de Ideas were the big winners at the SESAC Latina Music Awards, which took place June 19 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.
Barreras, composer of Song of the Year winner “Llamada de Mi Ex” (A Call From My Ex), won the Songwriter of the year award. The song, performed by La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho, also won Song of the Year and Banda Song of the Year at the 2012 Billboard Mexican Music Awards. FERCA Songs/Greatest Hits Arpa publishes “Llamada de Mi Ex”.
The Publisher of the Year award went to Editora de Ideas, whose list of SESAC top-performing songs includes “Sin Respiracion” (Performed by Banda El Recodo), and “El Buen Ejemplo,” performed by Calibre 50.
For the first time ever, SESAC awarded the SESAC Latina YouTube Performance Award, presented to an artist whose videos have record views on YouTube. The winner was Psy for “Gangnam Style,” which has registered record numbers of views throughout Spanish-speaking territories.
Also a first was the SESAC Latina Icon Award, honoring an artist whose career has had a worldwide cultural impact. Casal, who last year received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Recording Academy, was the first honoree, receiving her award from SESAC Latina VP J.J. Cheng.
Other winners of the evening included Jacob Luttrell with “Finally Found You;” Gilberto ‘Bibi’ Marín with “Creo En Ti” (performed by Reik); ‘Papayo’ and Leo Brooks with “Echa Pa’lla (Manos Pa’rriba),” performed by Pitbull; Fonseca for “Eres Mi Sueño;” Luciano Luna for “Adivina” (performed by Noel Torres); and Jose Antonio Barba for “El Buen Ejemplo,” performed by Calibre 50.
Samo of pop group Camila won additional awards in the radio rotation category for “De Qué Me Sirve La Vida” and in TV performance for “Sólo Por Amor,” the theme song of Telemundo soap “Relaciones Peligrosas.”
The evening was punctuated with performances by Casal, Draco Rosa and regional Mexican group Voz de Mando.