LAS VEGAS -- Broadcast Music Inc., also known as BMI, is an organization that represents more than 400,000 songwriters and music publishers in all the genres in music and last Thursday it celebrated the 17th annual Latin Awards.
During the celebration the most important representatives of the music industry came together to recognize the most outstanding of the past year in their respective genres, but there were two artists that took the night.
The night belonged to two men in different genres, but with a great passion for music and incredible talent. The night belonged to Juanes and Espinoza Paz.
Juanes was honored with BMI's President's Award, a prestigious recognition that is only given to those artists who have made a great impact in the entertainment industry and that few artists have received, among them, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Willie Nelson and Taylor Swift.
When the award was presented to the Colombian singer-songwriter not only was his music recognized, but also his humanitarian side in a recount of his unbelievable career and innumerable accomplishments and ending with an emotional presentation on stage with guests newcomer Ximena Sariñana and the great Juan Luis Guerra.
In addition to such important recognition, Juanes also won an award for his song 'Odio por Amor' (Hate for Love) and another for 'Tres' (Three).
The other grand winner of the night was the past recipient for the President's Award, Espinoza Paz who won nine awards including the award crown for author of the year.
The Mexican singer-songwriter was recognized for the songs that have led him to be known as the 'People's Author' and that have been interpreted by the most popular artists in the Mexican Regional genre as El Chapo de Sinaloa, Banda Cuisillos and Jenni Rivera.
Among the other winners of the night were Fanny Lu for 'Tú No Eres Para Mí' (You're Not For Me), Erika Vidrio for 'Sentí' (I Felt), and 'Maldito Licor' (Bad Liquor). Banda El Recodo took the important award for song of the year for 'Te Presumo.'
Mario Quintero of Los Tucanes de Tijuana received his 27th BMI of his career after winning three awards during the ceremony.
"I think the best part is that it has been many consecutive years that I have the opportunity to be here and, year after year, my songs are being supported since I write them hoping people will like them," said Quintero.
Editora Apra Musical, the publisher Espinoza Paz belongs to, took the award for Publisher of the Year taking 12 awards that night.
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