(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) is bringing its 13th annual Latin Awards to New York City on April 6 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. It will be the first time the awards dinner will be held in New York.
The BMI Latin Awards recognizes the songwriters and publishers of the most played Latin songs in US radio and TV from the company’s repertoire of approximately 4.5 million musical works from around the world. The Latin Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Publisher of the Year will be presented during the evening. A BMI ICON award will be given to a creator of Latin music for their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.”
Winners from previous years have included Ramon Ayala, Intocable, Shakira, Estefano, Ramon Gonzalez Mora, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Juanes, Luis Miguel, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Los Tigres del Norte, Banda Recodo, Juan Luis Guerra and Lupillo Rivera. Carlos Santana was the 2005 BMI Latin Award ICON recipient.
“New York is a cultural center for music and entertainment of all genres, and Latin music is an essential part of that," said Diane J. Almodovar, BMI Assistant Vice President, Latin Music. "There is a rich and diverse history of Latino cultures in New York, and it emanates through the music that is created and supported there. From Dominicans to Puerto Ricans to Columbians to Mexicans and beyond, the music that pulsates through the city represents the diversity, passion and command of Latino music and culture. We have moved our Latin Awards every year to fully embrace the diversity of the many musical regions in the U.S., and New York is the obvious choice for 2006. We look forward to having Latin music take over ‘la manzana grande’.”
The BMI Latin Awards have previously been staged in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, San Antonio and Puerto Rico. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen