Romeo Santos, who last month scored the top-selling debut on the Top Latin Albums chart in eight years, and guitarist/producer Andrés Castro, who has scored a series of No. 1 hits co-written with Carlos Vives, shared the Songwriter of the Year award at the 22nd annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards, held at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
Urban star Daddy Yankee, whose hit single “Limbo” won Latin Song of the Year, was also honored with ASCAP’s Voice of Music award, while legendary salsa band Fania All-Stars was fetted with the Latin Heritage award.
Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing — which last week also won top honors at the BMI Latin Music Awards — won Publisher of the Year, while Mayimba Music, which administers Romeo Santos’ catalog, won Independent Publisher of the Year award.
It was an evening of tradition and trends, with legendary acts sharing the stage with cutting-edge stars and rising stars. Hosted by Telemundo network TV personality Odalys Molina, the awards featured performances and appearances by the likes of Alexis y Fido, Ruben Blades, salsa star Victor Manuelle and regional Mexican star Joan Sebastian.
Awards were given in pop, tropical, regional Mexican, urban and television categories to the most performed Latin songs of 2013.
Songwriter winners Castro and Santos had seven and six winning songs each. Castro’s tracks included “Como le gusta a tu cuerpo,” “Volvi a nacer” and “Bailiar contigo,” all recorded by Carlos Vives, as well as “Darte un beso,” performed by Prince Royce.
Santos’ six songs were all recorded and performed by him, save for “Loco,” a co-write recorded by Enrique Iglesias and featuring Santos.