Capping off what’s possibly been the best 12 months of his career, Colombian pop/vallenato star Carlos Vives is set to receive the BMI President’s Award during the 22nd annual BMI Latin Awards, taking place March 11 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
Vives will be honored for his “outstanding achievement in songwriting and profound global influence on the entertainment industry.”
Vives’ recognition comes in the wake of the 2013 of his comeback album, "Corazón Profundo" (Sony Music Latin). The set was his first international release after a nearly decade-long absence from the recording and touring arena and marked a major revival for the artist. Long signed to EMI, Vives, after his long hiatus, signed a new deal with Sony Music Latin.
The first single off Corazón was “Volví a Nacer,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay and Hot Latin Songs chart. Two subsequent singles, “Bailar Contigo” and “Cómo le gusta a tu cuerpo” (with Michel Teló) also went to No. 1 on Latin Airplay. Last November, Vives also won three Latin Grammy Awards, more than any other artist, including Song of the Year for “Volví a Nacer.”
Vives, who last year premiered his album at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in April, is slated to release a follow-up set in April of this year.
"Carlos has become one of the most influential songwriters in the Latin music community, whose timeless sound has had a significant impact. His longevity in the music business is a testimony to his dedication and passion for his craft, and we are very proud to celebrate his accomplishments," said Delia Orjuela, BMI’s VP of Latin Music. Orjuela will host the BMI Awards along with BMI president Del Bryant and BMI CEO Michael O’Neill.
Vives joins a roster of past BMI President’s Award winners which includes Juanes, Pitbull, Adam Levine and Taylor Swift.
The BMI Latin Awards honor songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most-performed Latin songs on American radio and television in the U.S. The ceremony will also honor Songwriter and Publisher of the Year.