Sony/ATV, WB & Mayimba win publishing awards; "Bailando" wins song of the year.
Claudia Brant -- a versatile songwriter who has written hits for multiple artists across genres -- and Romeo Santos, the bachata star who has scored multiple No. 1s on the Billboard charts, were named Songwriters of the Year at the 23rdannual ASCAP Latin Music Awards, held March 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
Brant and Santos were honored as the most-performed ASCAP Latin songwriters of the year. This marks the second time Brant has received the award and the fifth time for Santos.
Publisher of the year honors went to Sony/ATV Music Publishing and WB Music Corp, and the independent publisher of the year went to Mayimba music. Both Maybima (home to Santos) and Sony/ATV also won in 2014.
The Latin song of the year award went to "Bailando," the hit that borke records on the Hot Latin Songs chart, written by Descemer Bueno, Alexander Delgado Hernandez, Enrique Iglesias and Randy Malcom Martinez and published by BMG Gold Songs, EIP Music, EMI April Music and Sony/ATV Tunes.
Special awards were also given during the evening to regional Mexican band La Original Banda El Limón de Salvador Lizarraga, honored with the ASCAP Latin heritage award in recognition of their "unique and enduring contributions to Latin music." Spanish crooner David Bisbal received the voice of music award, given to songwriters and artists "whose music gives voice to the spirit of a generation." And singer/songwriter Mario Domm, the lead voice of Mexican pop group Camila, received the golden note award for his "extraordinary career milestones."
Brant's win came on the heels of six tracks, including hits like "Yo creo en mi" (performed by Natalia Jiménez), "Corazon en la maleta" (performed by Luis Fonsi) and "Mi segunda Vida," performed by La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho.
Santos also penned six tracks, including his No. 1 hits "Cancioncitas de amor" and "Odio," featuring Drake.