SESAC Latina Music Awards: Nicky Jam, Enrique Bunbury, Sony Earn Top Honors

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Nicky Jam poses in the pressroom at One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert For Disaster Relief at Marlins Park on Oct. 14, 2017 in Miami.

Nicky Jam was named songwriter of the year Wednesday night (June 5) in Beverly Hills during the SESAC Latina Awards for the song "X" co-written by Juan Diego Medina, while Sony/ATV Sounds LLC was named publisher of the year.
  
The black tie gala at the SLS Hotel included live performances by Banda Sebastianes, Angela Aguilar and Valentino as the music rights organization presented its performance awards, television awards in addition to top prizes to its affiliate songwriters and publishers.

Spanish rock singer/songwriter Enrique Bunbury was recognized with the SESAC Latina Icon Award and celebrated for his musical contributions, which include 10 studio albums in addition to his most recent "California Live !!!," recorded from several shows in California as part of his Expectativas 2017-2019 world tour.

"I always thought icon awards were those prizes for those older than myself or maybe I'm just much older than what I thought," Bunbury said in his speech. "I began recording music 32 years ago ... and I've collaborated with all types of musicians. I imagine that for many of you I'm a rock musician and it's okay to be considered that, but I don't consider it a corset that defines me. I've always enjoyed recording in different genres. [As artists] we need to look for excellence ... it's about the necesity of expression. Even though my name has been on the album covers there are so many people that have been part of all this and I share this award with them."

One of the evening's surprise performances came when Aguilar's brother, Leonardo Aguilar, performed a ballad he wrote ("Tu Mendigo Recuerdo"), illustrating his stunning vocal range. It was the first time he officially presented himself as a singer/songwriter, he said, and with that he eloquently gave a soulful set. His sibling Angela, moments later took the stage on her own as well and performed a bilingual version of the classic "Besame Mucho," which left many speechless and teary-eyed as she delivered one of her most poignant performances of her career.

Presenters on the night included John Josephson, SESAC’s chairman/CEO; Sam Kling, senior vice president of Creative Services and Celeste Zendejas, director of SESAC Latina.

"SESAC Latina celebrates 25 years of this award ceremony recognizing the compositions of our affiliates that achieve success in radio both in the United States and worldwide," Zendejas said. "You are all the reason for this celebration."   

SESAC Latina Music Awards 2019 complete winners list:

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Nicky Jam

PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR
SONY/ATV Sounds LLC

SONG OF THE YEAR
Nicky Jam
“X”
Written by Nicky Jam, Juan Diego Medina
Published by La Industria Music Publishing, SONY/ATV RHYTHM
Recorded by Nicky Jam feat. J Balvin

SESAC LATINA ICON AWARD
Enrique Bunbury  

2019 PERFORMANCE AWARD WINNERS

“X”

Written by Juan Diego Medina, Nicky Jam
Published by La Industria Music Publishing, SONY/ATV Sounds LLC
Recorded by Nicky Jam x J Balvin
 
“Tu Postura”
Written by Edén Muñoz
Published by Dulce María Music LLC, RMSL2 Publishing
Recorded by Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga
 
 “Me Dejé Llevar”
Written by Christian Nodal
Published by Editora Jago, Multisongs
Recorded by Christian Nodal
 
“Mitad y Mitad”
Written by Armando Ramos, Karenia Cervantes
Published by Dulce María Music LLC
Recorded by Calibre 50
 
“Me Niego”
Written by Gilberto “Bibi” Marín, Jesus Navarro
Published by Multisongs
Recorded by Reik Feat. Ozuna & Wisin
 
“Te Fallé”
Written by Christian Nodal
Published by Editora Jago, Multisongs
Recorded by Christian Nodal
 
“Mi Sorpresa Fuiste Tú”
Written by José Luis Roma, Edén Muñoz
Published by Dulce María Music LLC, Roma Music S.A. de C.V.
Recorded by Calibre 50
 
“Diez Minutos Más”
Written by Mauricio Arriaga
Published by Best Music Hit Publishing, Música Garmex Internacional
Recorded by Los Huracanes del Norte
 
“Perro Fiel”
Written by Saga WhiteBlack, Juan Diego Medina, Nicky Jam
Published by La Industria Music Publishing, SONY/ATV Sounds LLC
Recorded by Shakira feat. Nicky Jam
 
“En Vida”
Written by Daniel Pérez, Alex Garcia
Published by Canciones Plata Publishing, Greatest Hit Arpa, Multisongs
Recorded by Banda Los Sebastianes
 
“Quería Que Lloraras”
Written by Luciano Luna
Published by Del New Music
Recorded by Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes
 
“Te Boté (Remix)”
Written by Juan Diego Medina, Nicky Jam
Published by La Industria Music Publishing, SONY/ATV Sounds LLC
Recorded by Casper Mágico, Nio Garcia, Darell; Nicky Jam, Ozuna & Bad Bunny
 
“Que Tontería”
Written by Luciano Luna
Published by Gerencia 360 Publisher, Sheridan Luna
Recorded by La Séptima Banda
 
“Ni Contigo Ni Sin Ti”
Written by Mauricio Arriaga
Published by Best Music Hit Publishing, SONY/ATV Sounds LLC
Recorded by Los Angeles Azules feat. Pepe Aguilar
 
“Lo Más Seguro”
Written by César Valdivia
Published by Ferca Songs, Multisongs
Recorded by Jorge Medina
 
“Cásate Conmigo”
Written by Juan Diego Medina, Nicky Jam
Published by La Industria Music Publishing, SONY/ATV Sounds LLC
Recorded by Silvestre Dangond x Nicky Jam
 
“Al Cien y Pasadito”
Written by Juan Pablo Zazueta
Published by Jomer Publishing LLC
Recorded by Jorge Medina
 
“¿Por Qué Me Celas?”
Written by Luciano Luna
Published by Sheridan Luna
Recorded by La Séptima Banda
 
“Corrido de Juanito”
Written by Edén Muñoz
Published by Dulce María Music LLC
Recorded by Calibre 50
 
“No Me Hubiera Enamorado”
Written by Cornelio Vega Jr.
Published by Gerencia 360 Publisher
Recorded by Cornelio Vega y Su Dinastía
 
“Cómo No Adorarla”
Written by Edén Muñoz
Published by Dulce María Music LLC
Recorded by Banda Carnaval
 
“Te Invito”
Written by Remmy Valenzuela
Published by Re Migio Publishing
Recorded by Remmy Valenzuela
 
“Mi Cama (Remix)”
Written by Nicky Jam, Juan Diego Medina
Published by La Industria Music Publishing, SONY/ATV Sounds LLC
Recorded by Karol G
 
“Por Que Te Amé”
Written by Socorro Velasco
Published by Amgmeza Publishing
Recorded by El Coyote y su Banda Tierra Santa
 
 
“Déjala Que Vuelva”
Written by Juan Diego Medina, Julián Turizo, Manuel Turizo
Published by La Industria Music Publishing, SONY/ATV Sounds LLC
Recorded by Piso 21 fet. Manuel Turizo
 
“Esperándote”
Written by Carlos “KZO” Cossio, Saga WhiteBlack, Juan Diego Medina, Julián Turizo, Manuel Turizo, ZENZEI
Published by La Industria Music Publishing, SONY/ATV Sounds LLC
Recorded by Manuel Turizo
 
“Qué Tal”
Written by Christian Nodal
Published by Editora Jago
Recorded by Dareyes de La Sierra
 
“Para No Acordarme De Ella”
Written by Gussy Lau
Published by Songs of Empire Pub
Recorded by Luis Coronel
 
“No Te Contaron Mal”
Written by Christian Nodal, Gussy Lau
Published by Editora Jago, Multisongs
Recorded by Christian Nodal
 
“Bella Y Sensual”
Written by Saga WhiteBlack, Juan Diego Medina, Nicky Jam
Published by La Industria Music Publishing, SONY/ATV Sounds LLC
Recorded by Romeo Santos feat. Nicky Jam & Daddy Yankee
 
“Vaina Loca”
Written by Juan Diego Medina, Julián Turizo, Manuel Turizo
Published by La Industria Music Publishing, SONY/ATV Sounds LLC
Recorded by Ozuna x Manuel Turizo
 
“Pa’ Dentro”
Written by Bigram “DVLP” Zayas
Published by Pulse Worldwide, Triza Publishing
Recorded by Juanes
 
“Dinero”
Written by Danileigh
Published by Universal Tunes
Recorded by JLo feat. DJ Khaled & Cardi B
 
SESAC FILM/TV AWARDS
“Suelta la Sopa”
Written by Fernando Corona
Published by Musica Telemundo
 
“Mi Marido Tiene Familia”
Written by Mauricio Arriaga