LOS ANGELES, CA, MARCH 7, 2006: Daddy Yankee was named Songwriter of the Year at the 14th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards held tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. "Lo Que Pas� Pas�" by Daddy Yankee was named Latin Song of the Year, and Publisher of the Year honors went to Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Gifted poet, activist and singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona was honored with the prestigious ASCAP Latin Heritage Award for his important contributions to Latin music. The awards celebration honored the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed songs in Latin Music in 2005.

Co-hosted by ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman and actress Maria Conchita Alonso, the black-tie gala is one of the most attended and celebrated events in the Latin entertainment community. Among the honorees, performers and luminaries present were Ricardo Arjona, Aventura, Obie Bermudez, Chingo Bling, Desmond Child, Daddy Yankee, Del Castillo, Amaury Guti�rrez, Enrique "Fato" Guzman, Natalia Jim�nez (La 5ta Estaci�n), Kool Aid, Lil Rob, Esai Morales, actress Elsa Pataki, Jennifer Pe�a, Michael Salgado, Anthony Santos, and Olga Ta��n.

Daddy Yankee was named Songwriter of the Year for penning nine award-winning songs - "Gasolina," "Intro," "Lo Que Pas� Pas�," "Mayor Que Yo," "Mira Me, No Me Dejes Solo," "Oye Mi Canto," "Rompe," and "Yo Voy." The reggaeton superstar also picked up awards for Latin Song of the Year for "Lo Que Pas� Pas�," and Song of the Year in the Urban category for "Mayor Que Yo," both published by Cangris Publishing.

For years, Daddy Yankee, born Raymond Ayala, has been a rising star within the reggaeton community but it wasn't until the enormous success of his hit single "Gasolina" from his hugely popular album Barrio Fino that he catapulted not only his name, but also the genre of reggaeton music into mainstream success. His carefully crafted lyrics and innate freestyle abilities quickly crowned him the "King of Improvisation," and soon everyone from Snoop Dogg to legendary salsa singer Andy Monta�ez collaborated with him on his albums. With five platinum albums in Latin America alone (El Cartel de Yankee, El Cartel de Yankee II, El, Los Homerun-es and Barrio Fino), Daddy Yankee is one of the greatest contributors to reggaeton's immense popularity and crossover success, and has earned him the distinction of being the most awarded artist in the history of the Reggaeton genre.

One of the highlights of the evening was the special presentation of the ASCAP Latin Heritage Award to Ricardo Arjona by Marilyn Bergman. This is one of the most prestigious honors that the Society bestows upon its members, and was given to Arjona for his important contributions to Latin music. During the presentation, Bergman described Arjona as "a poet, storyteller and songwriter, whose beautiful and socially conscious songs enrich the world of Latin music." Past recipients include Antonio Aguilar, Celia Cruz, Jos� Feliciano, Ednita Nazario, Arturo Sandoval, Gilberto Santa Rosa and Olga Ta��n.

Guatemalan singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona is one of the most respected Latin artists, mostly for his social conscience and his integrity in writing and performing songs. After the release of the controversial Jesus Verbo No Sustantivo in 1990, Arjona soon found a recording home with Sony, where his album, Animal Nocturno, went platinum 13 times and received a Diamante Award. The follow-up, l994's Historias, was an even bigger success. In l996, he experienced a defining moment with the release of "Si El Norte Fuera el Sur," the title track from the album of the same name. It was a hugely popular song and served to further separate Arjona from the pack of traditional pop lyricists. Arjona became known as a songwriter's songwriter with artists like Shakira naming him as their favorite writer. He fills stadiums and has gone on to release four hugely successful albums, an autobiographical DVD documentary, and his latest release, Adentro.

ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento and ASCAP Senior Vice President, Membership Group - Latin Alexandra Lioutikoff presented the Publisher of the Year award to Sony/ATV Music Publishing for their 27 award-winning songs. This is the seventh time that Sony has received this honor.

Other top honors included: Rock Song of the Year - "Algo M�s," written by Armando Avila (SACM) and Natalia Jim�nez Sarmiento (SGAE), published by EMI April Music; Regional Mexican Song of the Year - "El Autob�s," written by Enrique "Fato" Guzm�n (SACM), published by Vander Music; Tropical Song of the Year - "Hasta el Fin," written by Bienvenido Morillo, published by Juan & Nelson Publishing; and tying in the Pop/Ballad Song of the Year category were "Me Dediqu� A Perderte," written by Leonel Garc�a, published by Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing, and "Porque Es Tan Cruel El Amor," written by Ricardo Arjona, published by Nueva Era Musical and Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing.

In the Television category, the Top Rated Theme Song for Soap Opera was "Viveme" from La Madrastra, written by Biaggio Antonacci (SIAE), Ignacio D�az Ballesteros (SGAE), and Laura Pausini (SIAE), published by Basta Edioni Musicali (SIAE), and WB Music Corp. For the second consecutive year, the Top Rated Theme Song for TV Variety was "Don Francisco Presenta," written by Gerardo Flores and published by Nuestro Music.

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Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 230,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP also represents the repertories created by the international affiliates of 70 foreign performing rights organizations. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.


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