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Mario Quintero Lara and Sebastian Krys Honored at the 26th Annual BMI Latin Awards

Posted in News on March 20, 2019
L to R: BMI's VP, Creative Latin Music Delia Orjuela, BMI Presidents' Award recipient Mario Quintero Lara, and BMI President & CEO Mike O'Neill together at the 26th annual BMI Latin Awards
L to R: BMI's VP, Creative Latin Music Delia Orjuela, BMI Presidents' Award recipient Mario Quintero Lara, and BMI President & CEO Mike O'Neill together at the 26th annual BMI Latin Awards Photo: Lester Cohen

BMI presented the 26th Annual BMI Latin Awards last night honoring legendary Mexican singer/songwriter Mario Quintero Lara with the BMI President’s Award and renowned producer Sebastian Krys with the BMI Champion Award. During the private ceremony BMI also saluted the top Latin songwriters, publishers and administrators of the past year’s most-performed Spanish-language songs in the United States. BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President of Creative, Latin Music Delia Orjuela hosted the ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Quintero received the BMI President’s Award, the highest honor of the evening, for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the Latin music community. Throughout his three-decade-long career, the multiple award-winning frontman for Los Tucanes de Tijuana has recorded 35 full-length albums, sold 14 million records worldwide and received 30 platinum and 34 gold certifications from the RIAA. Quintero joins an esteemed list of previous President’s Award recipients including Luis Fonsi, Gloria Trevi, Sergio George, Carlos Vives, Pitbull and Juanes, among others.

After receiving his award, Quintero was joined by his band Los Tucanes de Tijuana and brought the audience to their feet with a special performance of some of their greatest hits including “El Tucanazo,” “La Chica Sexy,” “Me Gusta Vivir De Noche,” and “La Chona.”

Earlier in the evening Krys was presented with BMI’s Champion Award, which honors individuals for their exceptional artistry as well as a commitment to philanthropy.  Krys, the first producer to receive this award, was recognized for his work as the founder of Los Producers, an annual concert that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various charities around the world. He is also a multiple GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner, has produced more than 300 albums and worked with an array of artists including Elvis Costello, Alejandro Sanz, Carlos Vives, La Santa Cecilia, Luis Fonsi, Camila, Gloria Estefan, Shakira and Enrique Iglesias, to name a few.  As a special surprise, GRAMMY-winning Latin pop/rock band La Santa Cecilia took to the stage for a rousing performance of their hit single “Todo Cambia” in honor of their longstanding working relationship with the decorated producer. Krys joins previous BMI Champion Award recipients including Residente, Mark Ronson, and Keith Urban, among others.

In addition, BMI’s Deirdre Chadwick presented the BMI Foundation’s 16th Annual peermusic Latin Scholarship to University of Miami’s Frost School of Music student Julia Calvin for her single “Mi Amor.”

The top songwriters, publishers and administrators of the previous year’s best performing Latin songs were also saluted throughout the ceremony. Puerto Rican music superstars Ozuna and Vicente Saavedra tied for Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year for writing a record-breaking nine of the most-performed Latin songs of 2018 including “Ahora Dice,” “Criminal,” “El Farsante,” “Escápate Conmigo,” “La Modelo,” “La Rompe Corazones,” “Se Preparó,” “Te Boté (Remix),” and “Tu Foto.”Colombian superstar J Balvin took home the coveted Contemporary Latin Song of the Year award for his groundbreaking hit “Mi Gente,” from his platinum-sellingalbum Vibras, and music video which amassed more than two billion views on YouTube. Espinoza Paz was named Regional Mexican Songwriter of the Year for penning three of the evening’s most-performed regional Mexican songs including “Ésta Es Tu Canción,” “Las Cosas No Se Hacen Así,” and “Ojalá Que Me Olvides,” and Omar Robles nabbed the coveted title of Regional Mexican Song of the Year for writing “El Color de Tus Ojos.” Sony/ATV Music Publishing secured the prestigious BMI Latin Publisher of the Year award for the fourth year in a row, with 13 of the most-performed songs among their repertoire.

See the full list of winners below. Congratulations to all!

Regional Mexican Song of the Year

El Color de Tus Ojos
Omar Robles
Briser Publishing

Contemporary Latin Song of the Year

Mi Gente
Adam Assad (SACEM)
J Balvin
Mohombi Nzasi Moupondo
Willy William (SACEM)
Can’t Stop Music
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Regional Mexican Songwriter of the Year

Espinoza Paz
Ésta Es Tu Canción
Las Cosas No Se Hacen Así
Ojalá Que Me Olvides

Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year

Ozuna
Ahora Dice
Criminal
El Farsante
Escápate Conmigo
La Modelo
La Rompe Corazones

Vicente Saavedra
Ahora Dice
Criminal
El Farsante
Escápate Conmigo
La Modelo
La Rompe Corazones

Latin Publisher of the Year

Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Bella y Sensual
Como Antes
Criminal
Échame La Culpa
El Baño
Escápate Conmigo
Felices los 4
Hey DJ
Mayores
Me Enamoré
No Te Pido Mucho
Perro Fiel
X

Champion Award

Sebastian Krys

President’s Award

Mario Quintero Lara

Award Winning Songs

Ahora Dice
Ozuna
J Balvin
Juan Rivera Vazquez
Vicente Saavedra
Jean Pierre Soto “Yampi”
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Music Good Vibes Publishing
Música De Gaby Publishing
Ozuna Worldwide
Universal-Música Unica Publishing
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Yamposo Publishing

Arrepentido
Luis “Louie” Padilla
Good I Publishing LLC

Báilame
Christian “BF” Fuentes
Luian Malave
Miguel Ignacio Mendoza “Nacho”
Andres Torres
Songs of LVS Music Publishing
Sonic Panda Music
Universal-Música Unica Publishing
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Bella Y Sensual
Josías De La Cruz “Nely”
Marcos Masís “Tainy”
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
La Cruz Music Publishing
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Bonita
J Balvin
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Caso Perdido
Keith Nieto
Aztekas Publishing

Como Antes
Marcos Masís “Tainy”
Víctor Viera Moore “Jumbo”
Juan Luis Morera Luna “Wisin”
Llandel Veguilla Malavé “Yandel”
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
La Leyenda Publishing
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Yele Publishing

Corona De Rosas
Jesus L. Castro
BMG Platinum Songs US
DEL Melodies

Criminal
Ozuna
Natti Natasha
Egbert Rosa “Haze”
Vicente Saavedra
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Music By Dreamsound Entertainment
Music Good Vibes Publishing
Ozuna Worldwide
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

Diez Minutos Más
Edgar Barrera
Gar-Mex Music

Dura
Juan Rivera Vazquez
Luis Jorge Romero
Evo Black Music
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Música De Gaby Publishing
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Échame La Culpa
Luis Fonsi
Andres Torres
Dafons Songs
Sonic Panda Music
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

El Baño
Luian Malave
Servando Moriche Primera Mussett
Francisco Saldaña “Luny”
Blue Kraft Music Publishing
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Songs of LVS Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Bailar

El Color De Tus Ojos
Omar Robles
Briser Publishing

El Farsante
Ozuna
Vicente Saavedra
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Music Good Vibes Publishing
Ozuna Worldwide

El Problema
Alfredo Olivas
Universal Music-Careers

Es Tuyo Mi Amor
Horacio Palencia
Briser Publishing

Escápate Conmigo
Ozuna
Juan Luis Morera Luna “Wisin”
Marcos Alfonso Ramírez Carrasquillo
Vicente Saavedra
Víctor R. Torres Betancourt
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Music Good Vibes Publishing
Ozuna Worldwide
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Yele Publishing

Ésta Es Tu Canción
Espinoza Paz
Anval Music
Don Corazon Publishing
Universal Music-Careers

Felices Los 4
Mario Caceres
Chan El Genio
Kevin ADG
Servando Moriche Primera Mussett
Sony/ATV Bailar
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

Fíjate Que Sí
Erika Vidrio
Cero Moon Music
Editora Marcha Musical

Gente De Accionar
Isai Alvarez Ortiz
Editora Arpa Musical
LNGR Publishing

Hey DJ
Edgar Barrera
Marcos Masís “Tainy”
Llandel Veguilla Malavé “Yandel”
11once Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
La Leyenda Publishing
Sony/ATV Bailar
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

La Modelo
Ozuna
Jose Antonio Aponte
Juan Rivera Vazquez
Vicente Saavedra
Jean Pierre Soto “Yampi”
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Music Good Vibes Publishing
Música De Gaby Publishing
Ozuna Worldwide
OzunaPublishing
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Yamposo Publishing

La Rompe Corazones
Ozuna
Juan Rivera Vazquez
Vicente Saavedra
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Music Good Vibes Publishing
Música De Gaby Publishing
Ozuna Worldwide
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

La Suerte
El Diez
2 Nickels Editora
Songs of JG Publishing

Las Cosas No Se Hacen Así
Espinoza Paz
Briser Publishing
Don Corazon Publishing
Universal Music-Careers

Las Ultras
Geovani Cabrera
Andaluz Music, Inc.

Lo Más Seguro
Abraham López Guerrero
Rodolfo Carlo Pérez Bribiesca
Ferca Global Publishing
Universal Music-Careers

Loco Enamorado
Remmy Valenzuela
Rav Hits

Mayores
Mario Caceres
Patrick Ingunza
Servando Moriche Primera Mussett
Patrick Ingunza Music
Sony/ATV Bailar
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Me Enamoré
Shakira
MYMPM Music
Sony/ATV Melody LLC

Mi Gente
Adam Assad (SACEM)
J Balvin
Mohombi Nzasi Moupondo
Willy William (SACEM)
Can’t Stop Music
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Mitad Y Mitad
Jesús Omar Tarazón
Andaluz Music, Inc.

No Te Pido Mucho
Hector Guerrero
LNGR Publishing
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

Ojalá Que Me Olvides
Espinoza Paz
Don Corazon Publishing
Ferca Global Publishing
Universal Music-Careers

Palma Salazar
Jesús Chairez
BadSin Music, Inc.
BMG Platinum Songs US
DEL Melodies

Perro Fiel
Shakira
MYMPM Music
Sony/ATV Melody LLC

Rafa Caro
Kike Torres
BMG Platinum Songs US
DEL Melodies
House of La R Music
Pig Sound Music Publishing

Recordando A Manuel
Jesús Chairez
BMG Platinum Songs US
DEL Melodies

Robarte Un Beso
Andres Torres
Sonic Panda Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Se Preparó
Ozuna
Jose Antonio Aponte
Juan Rivera Vazquez
Vicente Saavedra
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Music Good Vibes Publishing
Música De Gaby Publishing
Ozuna Worldwide
OzunaPublishing
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Sensualidad
J Balvin
Juan M. Frías “Brasa”
Luian Malave
Geoffrey “Prince Royce” Rojas
Iletra Publishing
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Planet Royce Publishing
Songs of LVS Music Publishing
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Solo Dejame Besarte
Jaime García
Salvador Muñoz, Jr.
Gar-Mex Music

Tal Como Eres
Luis Coronel
Adrian “Drop” Santalla
Empire Royalties
Songs of Ingrooves

Te Boté
Ozuna
Vicente Saavedra
Young Martino
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Music Good Vibes Publishing
Ozuna Worldwide
Universal-Música Unica Publishing
YMV Music

Te Perdono
Wilfran Castillo (SAYCO)
SER-CA Publishing, Inc.

Tu Foto
Ozuna
Jose Antonio Aponte
Neison Niler Meza Ortega
Vicente Saavedra
Jean Pierre Soto “Yampi”
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Music Good Vibes Publishing
Ozuna Worldwide
OzunaPublishing
Yamposo Publishing

Un Aplauso
Rogelio Salazar
Cero Moon Music
Editora Marcha Musical

X
J Balvin
Jonathan Thiel
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Universal-Música Unica Publishing