SESAC LATINA CELEBRATES TOP HONOREES AT 2017 AWARD CEREMONY
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: LUCIANO LUNA
SONG OF THE YEAR: “SI NO ES CONTIGO” WRITTEN BY LUCIANO LUNA
PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR: SONY/ATV SOUNDS LLC
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: RAFAEL ARCAUTE
FIRST-EVER SESAC LATINA CROSSOVER SONG OF THE YEAR: “HASTA EL AMANECER” BY NICKY JAM
The SESAC Latina Music Awards 2017 celebrated another successful year at its annual gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel. SESAC Latina, the most progressive music rights organization in the nation, and its songwriters and publishers had a record 17 hit #1 songs on various Billboard charts in 2016.
On hand to present the awards were Celeste Zendejas, Director of SESAC Latina; Eli Ponce, Associate Director of SESAC Latina; Dennis Lord, SESAC’s Executive Vice-President of Creative and Business Affairs; and Sam Kling, SESAC’s Senior Vice-President of Creative Operations. During the course of the evening, they gave a special thanks to the event’s official sponsors, City National Bank and TNT Agency.
Songwriter of the Year for the fourth year in a row, is the renowned producer and songwriter Luciano Luna who created the year’s biggest hits for Gerardo Ortíz, Banda el Recodo de Don Cruz Lizárraga, La Séptima Banda, Noel Torres, Pesado, El Dasa and many others.
In the category of Song of the Year, which is determined by the longevity of a song’s presence on the charts, the SESAC Latina Award went to “Si No Es Contigo”, recorded by Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizárraga, written by Luciano Luna, published by Editorial LGA and Alvani Music Publishing. In a category inaugurated last year, multi-Latin GRAMMY winner Rafael Arcaute was named Producer of the Year.
Sony /ATV Sounds LLC was named Publisher of the Year and Jorge Mejia, President of Sony/ATV Latin America and U.S. Latin, was on hand to accept the award.
For the first time in its history, SESAC Latina awarded the SESAC Latina Crossover Song of the Year 2017 to the long-running, chart topper song that had airplay on general charts to include the Billboard Hot 100 chart, “Hasta El Amanecer” by Nicky Jam.
Some of the highlights of the evening included performances from singer-songwriter and actor Jencarlos Canela who performed his two awarded songs, “Baby” and “Pa’Que Me Invitan”, Panamenian singer-songwriter; Latin GRAMMY winner and recently chosen to enter the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame 2017, Erika Ender, who performed a medley of “Ataúd” and international smash hit “Despacito;” and the traditional Sinaloan brass ensemble La Séptima Banda, who performed a medley of their biggest hits.
Among the other songwriters and artists attending were Intocable, Calibre 50, Bigram DVLP Zayas, Luciano Luna, Eduardo Gurrola de Los De La Noria, Luciana Caporaso, Papayo, Tony Montoya, El Dasa, Jesús Carrillo de Los del Arroyo, Fernando Corona, DJ Smiley Miami.
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