BMI is proud to announce that multiple GRAMMY winner Sergio George will receive the BMI President’s Award at the 22nd annual BMI Latin Awards, slated for March 31 at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. The private ceremony salutes the songwriters and publishers of 2014’s most-performed Latin songs on American radio and television in the U.S.
The BMI President’s Award is presented to songwriters, composers, producers or executives who have profoundly influenced the entertainment industry.
“Sergio George has the Midas touch when it comes to tropical music,” said Delia Orjuela, BMI’s VP of Latin Writer/Publisher Relations. “By creating innovative sounds steeped in traditional percussion and instrumental rhythms, he has successfully crossed genre boundaries. He has had a profound impact on Latin Music, and is a most worthy recipient of this year’s President’s Award.”
Hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and Orjuela, the BMI Latin Awards will also celebrate the Latin Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year.
An established leader in the Latin music community, George is a multitalented producer, pianist and composer. He has worked alongside and mentored artists such as Marc Anthony, Victor Manuelle, Tito Puente, Oscar D’León, Celia Cruz, Tito Nieves and Jennifer Lopez, among others. As the president of Top Stop Music, a label known for nurturing the success of future superstars like Prince Royce, George is considered an undeniable hit maker and has spent decades developing talent and producing classic records for every major artist in the genre.
His list of awards includes sixteen GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY awards, including the recent 2014’s Best Producer of the Year. He is a four-time Latin GRAMMY winner for Producer of the Year, the most awards any producer has received in Latin GRAMMY history. At the 2013 Latin GRAMMY awards, George won Best Salsa Album of the Year for Sergio George Presents Salsa Giants, which ranked #1 on the Billboard Tropical Albums Sales Chart and #2 on the Billboard Top Latin Chart.
In receiving this award, George joins an elite list of past honorees that includes Juanes, Pitbull, Carlos Vives, Kike Santander, Taylor Swift, Adam Levine, Emilio and Gloria Estefan and Willie Nelson.