BMI’s elite Latin songwriting family won a commanding 70% of the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards, held Saturday, April 26 in Miami and broadcast live on Telemundo, which reports that a cumulative audience of 5.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the ceremony – the largest audience in the network’s 14-year history of airing the show.
Veteran reggaeton master Don Omar and breakout urban bachata star Prince Royce led the roll call of the year’s best, displaying the multi-generational, multi-genre strength of the BMI repertoire.
Prince Royce took home artist, album and songwriter of the year, among other top honors. Don Omar earned eight trophies, many in recognition of his smashes “Taboo” and “Danza Kuduro,” the latter of which clinched the song of the year win.
2012 BMI President’s Award recipient Pitbull walked away with the male artist of the year title in the songs category, while longtime BMI superstar Shakira claimed the same win in the female division of both the songs and albums fields. Shakira garnered a total of five awards, reflecting her undiminished artistic and commercial strength on the global stage.
Iconic rock group Maná also scored five trophies, including songs artist of the year in the duo or group category. Wisin y Yandel secured a trio of wins, while Regional Mexican star Gerardo Ortiz won two coveted awards.
La Adictiva Banda San José de Mesillas was named the top new artist of the year, while perennial favorite Cristian Castro earned male artist of the year in the albums division.
Learn more and view a complete list of winners on billboard.com.