Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE) and its fully owned labels -- Universal Music Latino, Machete and Disa -- were the big winners at the annual Billboard Bash, honoring the top labels, publishers, producers and songwriters of the year in Latin music.
UMLE took home Top Latin Albums Label of the year award, while its pop imprint, Universal Music Latino, won the Hot Latin Songs Label of the year award. UMLE's tropical/urban imprint, Machete, won Latin Rhythm Airplay label of the year, while its regional Mexican imprint, Disa, won Regional Mexican Airplay label of the year.
All told, UMLE and its labels dominated sales and airplay awards. UMLE also won Albums Label of the year awards in Latin Pop, Regional Mexican and Latin Rhythm genres. UMLE's labels work closely in cross-pollination, often mixing and matching its artists across genre boundaries.
Only the tropical music category was snatched from UMLE, by Sony Music Latin, which won Tropical Airplay Label of the year and Tropical Albums Label of the year. And for the third year in a row, Espinoza Paz won the Songwriter of the year award, while for the second consecutive year, Armando Avila and Arpa Musical won producer and publisher of the year awards, respectively. Sony/ATV took home this year's Publishing corporation of the year award.
The Billboard Bash, which took place April 28 at the Conrad Condado Plaza Hotel, featured performances by finalists Carolina La-O, Diana Reyes, Flex and Larry Hernandez. State Farm presented the Bash in association with T-Mobile.
The Bash closed sessions at the Billboard Latin Music Conference, including Q&A's with Aventura, Marc Anthony and Universal Music Latin American/Iberian Peninsula chairman/CEO Jesus Lopez.