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Published: 4/29/2009

SESAC Latina Celebrates 2009 Awards and Showcase

SESAC Latina presented its awards for outstanding achievement and showcase presentation of its artistic talent. The most talked-about and impactful event during the Billboard Latin Music Conference took place at LIV nightclub, Miami Beach’s hottest venue, located within the historic Fontainebleau Hotel.

Claudia Brant received the Songwriter of the Year award for the third consecutive time. Brant, co-author (along with Luis Fonsi) of “No Me Doy Por Vencido,” set a new record for her stay atop the Billboard charts.  The Publisher of the Year awards were bestowed upon Nana Maluca Music (Brant’s publisher) and Sony/ATV Sounds.

Other composers who were recognized by SESAC Latina for their exceptional work were: Erika Ender, for her song “Cinco Minutos” (Gloria Trevi); Guillermo “Memo” Ibarra for the duranguense hit “Dame Tu Amor” (Alacranes Musical); Diesel, for his track “Virtual Diva” (Don Omar); Noel Schajris and Claudia Brant for “Yo No Se Perdonarte” (Victor Manuelle); Fonseca, for his song “Eres” (Alejandro Fernandez); Sebastian de Peyrecave for “Lola” (Chayanne); and the successful Mexican pop group Playa Limbo, the newest sensation in Latin Music, for “10 Para Las 10.”

The musical showcase that closed the night’s festivities featured: Colombian pop/rock group Don Tetto, playing acoustically for the first time; Claudia Brant, performing her own repertoire, including “No Me Doy Por Vencido”; the charismatic Samuel “Samo” Parra of Camila, accompanied by Chris Syler; Noel Schajris of Sin Bandera, offering a taste of his upcoming debut solo album; and Jesus Navarro, lead singer of Reik, who delighted the audience with an “a capella” rendition of the band’s current hit “Fui,” and brought everyone to their feet.

Among the event’s special invited guests was German Montero, whose solo career in the Regional Mexican Banda genre is entering a new and vigorous phase due to his recent affiliation with SESAC Latina.