February 5, 2018
Global Superstar Luis Fonsi To Be Honored At The 25th Annual BMI Latin Awards
The Singer/Songwriter Behind “Despacito” and Many Other Hits Will Receive the BMI President’s Award March 20th in Beverly Hills
Evening Celebrates Top Latin Songwriters, Publishers & Administrators
LOS ANGELES, CA – February 5, 2018 – Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), the global leader in rights management, is proud to announce that global superstar Luis Fonsi will be honored at the 25th Annual BMI Latin Awards. The celebrated singer/songwriter and music producer will receive the BMI President’s Awards in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to both Latin and Pop music since beginning his career nearly two decades ago. The event, held on Tuesday, March 20th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA., will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President of Creative, Latin Music Delia Orjuela.
“Not only is Luis one of the most influential songwriters in the Latin Music community, he’s one of the genre’s biggest stars and is responsible for one of the most talked about songs of the year,” said Delia Orjuela, BMI Vice President, Creative, Latin. “His music transcends genres and resonates with millions of music lovers around the world, and his passion for creating unforgettable songs is matched only by his tremendous humanitarian efforts. We are truly honored to bestow this year’s President’s Award honor to Luis Fonsi.”
As one of the leading Latin Music figures of his generation, Fonsi has received many accolades and some of the most prestigious awards in the music industry, including five Latin GRAMMYs®, two American Music Awards, two Teen Choice Awards, five Billboard Awards, among others. He’s received three GRAMMY® nominations for his smash crossover “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee, which was the biggest song of 2017 in the U.S. according to Nielsen. The monster hit accrued 1.3 billion streams and shattered many records across Billboard charts including tying Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s 1995 collaboration “One Sweet Day” for the longest run at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart.
Early in his career, Fonsi had already established himself as a rising star in the Latin music community dating back to his 1998 debut album Comenzaré, which included hits “Si Tu Quisieras” and “Perdóname. He went on to record six more albums, all of which were certified either gold or platinum in several countries, including 2014’s 8 which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Latin Album chart.
Fonsi has toured extensively around the world and collaborated with a wide array of artists from various genres including Christina Aguilera, José Feliciano, Daddy Yankee, DNCE, Nicky Minaj, and Demi Lovato, among others. He’s graced the cover of magazines such as People en Español, and Esquire in Latin America, and performed on Ellen, CONAN, The Voice and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to name a few. With no signs of slowing down, Fonsi’s latest single “Échame La Culpa,” featuring GRAMMY® nominee Demi Lovato, is now a global hit and already breaking various records in the digital platform arena.
Beyond his work in the arts, for the last eight years, Fonsi has served as the spokesperson for St. Jude’s campaign “Thanks and Giving” for the Hispanic community. He was also instrumental in providing aid to those affected by the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria through the Help Me Rebuild La Perla Foundation to support the efforts to get the historic town of La Perla in the heart of Puerto Rico back on its feet.
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Celebrating over 77 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in nearly 13 million musical works created and owned by more than 800,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly™ and receive our e-newsletter every Monday to stay up to date on all things music.
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Marlene Meraz, BMI
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