Reggaetón and regional Mexican music were powerful forces in the performance arena in 2006. At the 14th annual BMI Latin Music Awards, the two genres reigned with Juan Luis Morera Luna and Llandel Veguilla Malavé, better known as the reggaeton duo of Wisin & Yandel, sharing songwriter of the year honors with Francisco Saldana, aka "Luny," of reggaeton producing duo Luny Tunes.

Wisin Y Yandel and Luny co-wrote "Llame Pa' Verte," "Mayor que Yo" and "Rakata" -- all major reggaeton hits for Wisin & Yandel. The songs also helped EMI Blackwood win its first Publisher of the year award for BMI. All told, EMI had nine songs among the list of BMI's 50 most performed Latin songs on the year.

While reggaeton dominated much of the awards, which took place at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas in late March, so too did regional Mexican music. Also tying for songwriter of the year with three tracks to his name was corrido master Manuel Eduardo Toscano, who wrote "La Sorpresa," "Señor Locutor" and "Socios" -- all hits for Los Tigres del Norte.

Los Tigres, in turn, were honored as this year's BMI's icon of the year and were feted with live performances by Christian Castro, Reyli and Mariano Barba. Later, Los Tigres themselves -- who are known as tireless performers -- got up and played nearly half a dozen songs well into the evening.

Pop was represented most prominently by "La Tortura," the reggaeton-laced hit by Shakira and Luis Fernando Ochoa, which spent a record number of weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. The song, which features Alejandro Sanz, won BMI's Song of the year and Latin ringtone of the year award.

The BMI Latin Music awards were hosted by BMI president/CEO Del Bryant and Assistant VP of Latin Music Delia Orjuela.

Orjuela, who was promoted to her current job late last year, received a standing ovation after being introduced in a rousing speech -- in Spanish -- by Bryant.