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Published: 4/26/2018

SESAC Latina Affiliates Took Center Stage at the
2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards


On April 26 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the music industry celebrated the 20th edition of the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Telemundo. In this gala event, which selects its winners solely on chart performance over the past 12 months in the United States and Puerto Rico, SESAC Latina artists showed that their songs generate airplay, sales and streaming from music fans week after week.

“Despacito,” co-written by SESAC Latina affiliate Erika Ender and performed by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, was the big winner of the night, taking home six awards – Hot Latin Song of the Year; Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event; Airplay Song of the Year; Digital Song of the Year; Streaming Song of the Year; and Latin Pop Song of the YearEnder also served as an award presenter.

The urban-music pioneer Nicky Jam received two accolades, as his album Fenix won Top Latin Album of the Year and Top Latin Rhythm Album of the Year. He performed his new single “X,” featuring J. Balvin, at the ceremony.

SESAC Latina artists showed outstanding strength in Regional Mexican categories. Powerhouse foursome Calibre 50, led by SESAC Latina affiliate Eden Muñoz, performed its latest Regional Mexican Airplay #1 hit “Mitad y Mitad” (Half and Half) and won Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year – Duo or Group. Meanwhile, Banda MS won Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year – Duo or Group, and Regional Mexican Artist of the Year – Duo or Group, thanks in part to the enduring popularity of its single “Tengo Que Colgar” (I Have to Hang Up), written by Muñoz.

Furthermore, the 19-year-old Mexican artist Christian Nodal won Regional Mexican Artist of the Year – Solo, and Artist of the Year – New on the breakout success of his closing-time classic “Adiós Amor.” He also performed his single “Me Dejé Llevar” (I Gave Myself Free Rein).

In the pop realm, the SESAC Latina-affiliated Mexican trio Reik performed its new smash “Me Niego” (I Refuse) featuring Ozuna and Wisin. This song has racked up over 280 million views on YouTube in just two months.

SESAC Latina congratulates all of its affiliates who dazzled the world with their talent on this memorable night. For a full list of Billboard Latin Music Award winners, visit Billboard.com.

Artist of the Year, New
Christian Nodal

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group
Calibre 50

Top Latin Album of the Year

Nicky Jam
Fenix

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Solo
Christian Nodal

Regional Mexican Song of the Year
Christian Nodal
“Adiós Amor”

Latin Rhythm Album of the Year
Nicky Jam
Fenix

Also, congratulations to all SESAC affiliates who contributed to Billboard Latin Music Award-winning projects.

Hot Latin Song of the Year
Erika Ender
For her contribution to
“Despacito” recorded by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event
Erika Ender
For her contribution to
“Despacito” recorded by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

Airplay Song of the Year
Erika Ender
For her contribution to
“Despacito” recorded by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

Digital Song of the Year

Erika Ender
For her contribution to
“Despacito” recorded by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

Streaming Song of the Year
Erika Ender
For her contribution to
“Despacito” recorded by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

Top Latin Album of the Year
Juan Diego Medina, Saga WhiteBlack
For their contributions to
Fenix recorded by Nicky Jam

Latin Pop Song of the Year
Erika Ender
For her contribution to
“Despacito” recorded by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

Latin Pop Album of the Year
Nicky Jam, Antonio Rayo Gibo, Saga WhiteBlack
For their contributions to
El Dorado recorded by Shakira

Tropical Album of the Year
Nicky Jam
For his contribution to
Golden recorded by Romeo Santos

Latin Rhythm Album of the Year
Juan Diego Medina, Saga WhiteBlack
For their contributions to
Fenix recorded by Nicky Jam

 
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