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BMI's 11th Annual Latin Awards To Be Held In Puerto Rico For First Time

(CelebrityAccess News Service) — BMI's 11th annual Latin Awards will be held March 16 at the Ritz Carlton, San Juan, Puerto Rico, marking the first time that awards dinner will be held there.

The awards recognize the songwriters and publishers of the most played Latin songs on US. radio and television from BMI's repertoire of approximately 4.5 million musical works from around the world. The Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Publisher of the Year will be announced during the evening. Winners from previous years have included Estefano, Shakira, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Juanes, Luis Miguel, Juan Luis Guerra and Lupillo Rivera.

"We are very pleased to bring BMI's premiere Latin music event to San Juan," said Diane Almodovar, BMI assistant VP of Latin Music. "When we created the awards 11 years ago, we intended to bring them to each of the major US Latin markets. San Juan is certainly one of the most important."

The awards event has previously been staged in Los Angeles, Miami and San Antonio.–Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner