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Published: 6/22/2012

SESAC 2012 Latina Music Awards

Joey Montana: Songwriter of the Year
“Dándole” by Leo James: Song of the Year
EMI Foray Music: Publisher of the Year

Panamanian artist Joey Montana was named SESAC’s 2012 Latina Songwriter of the Year at the awards held recently at the chic Beverly Hills Hotel.  Puerto Rican songwriter Leo James won in the Song of the Year category for his composition “Dándole", the most played track on radio during the period of eligibility. The Publisher of the Year was EMI Foray Music.

The emotional ceremony for the annual awards was held at a special gala at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel in the presence of important personalities in the industry, members of SESAC Latina and media representatives.

The event included a live music show with a performance by top Mexican pop trio Reik, who performed their hit tracks "Peligro" and "Creo en ti" and regional mexican stars Calibre 50, who performed their recent hit “Mujer De Todos, Mujer De Nadie” and “El Buen Ejemplo”.

The awards were presented by Trevor Gale, Sr. Vice President of SESAC and J. J. Cheng, Vice President of SESAC Latina, and Celeste Zendejas and Albert Ramirez III, SESAC Latina’s Associate Directors. The awards recognize authors and publishers of the songs played on radio, songs that reached # 1 on the charts, songs that had significant chart longevity, and the composer and song of the year.

For his song "Promise" recorded by Romeo Santos/Usher, written by Rico Love, a well known American composer won two awards: One for radio rotation and the other for having achieved # 1 on the Billboard charts. Also winning in this category was Patricia Espinoza Loredo and Lina Patricia Bojorquez, co-authors of “Inténtalo”, the ‘tribal’ hit single recorded by 3BallMTY.

The SESAC Latina 2012 #1 Award was also given to Jesus Ariel Barreras; composer of “Llamada De Mi Ex,” Banda El Limon de Rene Camacho’s hit record that remained on the top of the regional mexican charts for 16 weeks.

Additional awards for radio rotation were as follows:

• Jesus Navarro, singer of Reik, for his song "Peligro" (Alvani Music Publishing), recorded by Reik
• Alicia Esparza and Arturo Valdez Osuna, for “Ataca Y Atrapa” (AMGMEZA Publishing and Greatest Hits ARPA), recorded by El Coyote Y Su Banda Tierra Santa

• Carlos Baute, for his song “Quién Te Quiere Como Yo” (EMI Foray Music)

• Jorge Hernández “El Güero”, songwriter and performer of “Quítate La Venda” and publisher Genio Musical

•  José Alfredo Cázares Rocha, composer of “Aunque Sea En Silencio” (Cervantes Publishing), recorded by Enigma Norteño

• Miguel Angel Romero (Composer of the Year 2011) and his publisher Editor of Ideas received the Award for Most Recurrent song for “Dime Que Me Quieres”, released over two years ago by Banda El Recodo. 

During the ceremonies, J. J. Cheng said that this was the third time that the SESAC Latina Music Awards took place at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel, which is currently celebrating its 100th Anniversary.

Defining the year as "fantastic" for the extraordinary achievements of the composers and publishers affiliated with SESAC Latina, she gave a warmly welcome to attendees who traveled from Mexico, Texas, New York, Puerto Rico, Miami, Panama, Spain and Ecuador especially to attend the ceremony.

Established in 1993, SESAC Latina is the Latin music division of SESAC, a service organization created to assist both the creators of music and music users through timely, efficient royalty collection and music licensing. One of only three performing rights organizations recognized by the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, SESAC was founded in 1930 and is the nation's second oldest and fastest growing PRO SESAC maintains a diversified repertory that includes the best of Adult Contemporary, R&B/Hip-hop, Jazz, Rock, Americana, Contemporary Christian, Country, Gospel, Dance, Classical, New Age, music for Film and Television, and, of course, Latin music. Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London.