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BMI Congratulates its Winners of the 2016 Latin GRAMMYs

Posted in News on November 18, 2016

BMI’s Latin affiliates had another strong showing last night at the 17th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with many of the evening’s most prestigious wins claimed by exceptional BMI songwriters. Notably, Shakira claimed the awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “La Bicicleta” with Carlos Vives, and producer Gustavo Farías earned an Album of the Year trophy for his work on Los Dúo 2. Overall, it was an extraordinary evening for Latin music of all varieties.

Setting the stage for an evening of surprises, Pablo López and Juanes kicked off the performances with a powerful airing of “Tu Enemigo.” Jennifer Lopez made her Latin GRAMMY debut with a duet with Marc Anthony for a cover of Pimpinela’s “Olvidame y Pega la Vuelta.” Also making her Latin GRAMMY debut was singer/songwriter Rachel Platten, who performed “Siempre Estaré Ahí,” alongside Diego Torres. Additionally, Colombian singer J Balvin and Bia wowed the crowd with a rendition of “Safari” from Balvin’s latest opus, Energia, which won Best Urban Music Album.

Here is the complete list of BMI winners. Congratulations to all!

Record of the Year
“La Bicicleta,” Shakira & Carlos Vives, songwriters (Carlos Vives & Shakira)

Album of the Year
Juan Gabriel*, Los Dúo 2 (Gustavo Farías producer)

Song of the Year
“La Bicicleta,” Shakira & Carlos Vives, songwriters (Carlos Vives & Shakira)

Best Urban Fusion/Performance
Yandel, “Encantadora”

Best Urban Music Album
J Balvin, Energia

Best Urban Song
“Encantadora,” Egbert Rosa Cintrón, Eduardo A. Vargas Berrios and Yandel, songwriters (Yandel)

Best Alternative Song
“Vez Primera,” Carla Morrison, songwriter (Carla Morrison)

Best Salsa Album
India, Intensamente India Con Canciones De Juan Gabriel

Best Banda Album
Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga, Raíces

Best Norteño Album
Los Tigres Del Norte, Desde El Azteca

Best Regional Song
“Ataúd,” Mónica Vélez (SACM) songwriter (Los Tigres Del Norte)

Best Latin Jazz Album
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cuba: The Conversation Continues

Best Portuguese Language Song
“Vidas Pra Contar,” Djavan, songwriter (Djavan)


* Not affiliated with BMI