Gloria Estefan named icon at BMI Latin Music Awards


MUMBAI: Leading US performing right organization Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) held its 16th annual Latin Music Awards in Palm Beach, Florida.

Gloria Estefan was named a BMI Icon; singer/songwriter Espinoza Paz earned his second consecutive Latin songwriter of the year; “A Ti Si Puedo Decirte” garnered song of the year honors for writer Javier Sanroman and publisher Siempre Music; and Editora Arpa Musical received the Latin Publisher of the Year crown.

Hosted by BMI president and CEO Del Bryant and assistant vice president Latin Music, Delia Orjuela, the black-tie dinner also touted the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed Latin songs on U.S. radio and television.

An all-star musical tribute featuring Elvis Crespo, Jon Secada, Angeles Ochoa, Arthur Hanlon, Anthony Federov, Jorge Villamizar, Pitbull, and Fanny Lu paid homage to the achievements of Gloria Estefan, who joins an elite list of past honorees that includes Latin music titans Gustavo Santaolalla, Los Tigres Del Norte, Juan Luis Guerra and Carlos Santana, along with legends Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson, Isaac Hayes, Paul Simon, Dolly Parton and the late James Brown.