Draco Rosa and Milly Quezada will be honored by The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) during its 27th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards. The annual event will take place on March 5, returning to San Juan, Puerto Rico where Quezada will receive the ASCAP Latin Heritage Award and Draco Rosa will be honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award.
“Proud of his Puerto Rican heritage, Draco Rosa became a driving force in Latin rock and pop,” said ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams in a statement. “From his early career as a pop star to his massive success as a songwriter-producer and his reincarnation as an ambitious rock artist, he creates compelling music no matter the style, and no matter the odds.”
Williams continued “Milly Quezada began her career captivating audiences in New York City and settled in Puerto Rico, and she has never stopped conquering the world with her infectious music.”
The ASCAP Latin Heritage Award is presented to music creators in recognition of their unique and enduring contributions to Latin music. Past recipients include: Alejandro Sanz, Franco de Vita, Armando Manzanero, Ricardo Arjona, Ednita Nazario, Olga Tañón, Gilberto Santa Rosa, The Fania All-Stars and Celia Cruz, among others.
The ASCAP Vanguard Award recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music. Other ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees include: Eduardo Cabra (aka Visitante), Vico C, Kendrick Lamar, Beastie Boys, Taio Cruz, Diplo, Janelle Monáe, Santigold, Dua Lipa, St. Vincent, The Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Beck and Björk.
ASCAP will also recognize the 50 most-performed Latin songs and the music of the most-watched Latin TV programs of 2018 in addition to awards for Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter-Artist of the Year, Publisher of the Year and Independent Publisher of the Year.
“Late last year, ASCAP made a decision to support the rebuilding of the Puerto Rico songwriting community by hosting our biggest Latin event on the island once again,” said Gabriela Gonzalez, ASCAP Vice President Membership, Latin. “We are so looking forward to returning to San Juan and celebrating with two of our most accomplished ASCAP members there.”