The awards recognize the songwriters and publishers of the most played Latin songs on U.S. radio and television from the company's Latin repertoire for a one year period. The Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Publisher of the Year will be announced during the evening. Previous winners include Los Tigres del Norte, Elvis Crespo, Estéfano, Shakira, Emilio Estefan, Juanes, Luis Miguel, Juan Luis Guerra and Lupillo Rivera, to name a few.
According to Diane J. Almodovar, Assistant VP of Latin Music at BMI: "We are very pleased to bring BMI's premiere Latin music event for the first time to San Juan. When we created the awards 11 years ago, we intended to bring them to each of the major Latin markets. San Juan is certainly one of the most important."