Takes honors for songwriter, Latin song of year.

Reggaetón’s rule over the Latin airwaves was ratified March 7 at the El Premio Ascap Latin Music Awards, with Daddy Yankee taking home honors for songwriter of the year and his song “Lo Que Pasó Pasó” winning Latin song of the year.

Yankee, who has his own publishing company, Cangris Publishing, had a total of nine charting songs for the 2005 year award period, including “Mayor Que Yo,” “Rompe,” “Oye Mi Canto,” and naturally, “Gasolina.”

In tune with the collaborative spirit of reggaetón, Yankee picked up his awards along with fellow composer and also reggaetón artist Eddie D, with whom he penned “Gasolina.”

Also present at the ceremony celebrated at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ca., was Guatemalan singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona, who was honored with the Ascap Latin Heritage Award for his musical accomplishments and “influential” work. Arjona, possibly the single most successful contemporary singer/songwriter—in the Latin American tradition of the social and interpersonal commentary songwriter—has sold millions of albums in his career and is recognized as one of the top stars in the Latin region, including the U.S. Latin market.

Arjona was one of several acts who performed that evening, playing the single “Mojado” accompanied by his guitar and a violinist. Other performers included Los del Castillo, Amaury Gutiérrez (who performed “Nada Es Para Siempre,” recorded by Luis Fonsi) and Michael Salgado.

The publishing company of the year award was given to Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing, with 27 charting songs, for the seventh consecutive year. On hand to pick the award was Eddie Fernandez, Vice President of
Sony/ATV, Norte and Latin American Region.

The winning songs of the evening included “Algo Más,” by Natalia Jiménez Sarmiento and Armando Avila of La 5a Estación (EMI April) in the rock category; “El Autobús,” by Enrique “Fato” Guzmán in the regional Mexican category (Vander Music); “Hasta El Fin” by Bienvenido Morillo in tropical (Juan & Nelson Publishing); “Mayor que Yo” by Daddy Yankee in urban (Cangris Publishing); and “Porque Es tan Cruel el Amor” by Ricardo Arjona (Nueva Era Musical/Sony ATV Music Publishing) and “Me Dediqué a Perderte,” by Leonel García (Sony/ATV Discos) tied in the pop/ballad category.

Organized by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, El Premio Ascap honors the most-performed Latin songs of the year, based on Billboard’s 2005 charts.