Tito "El Bambino" Named Songwriter of the Year at 19th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards

Alejandro Sanz Honored with ASCAP's Latin Heritage Award

"Dile Al Amor" Named Latin Song of the Year; Publisher of the Year Award Presented to Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing; Pacific Latin Copyright and Tito El Patrón Publishing Receive Independent Publisher of the Year Awards

Tito "El Bambino"

Tito "El Bambino"

Miami, FL, March 24, 2011: Tito "El Bambino" received his first Songwriter of the Year award at the 19th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards held tonight at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Miami Beach, FL. Singer/songwriter Alejandro Sanz was presented with the ASCAP Latin Heritage Award, "Dile Al Amor" was named Latin Song of the Year, Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing received the Publisher of the Year award, and Pacific Latin Copyright and Tito El Patrón Publishing tied for Independent Publisher of the Year. The songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed songs in Latin Music in 2010 were also honored during the invite-only awards ceremony.

TV personality and renowned actress Giselle Blondet hosted the all-star gathering, which included Francisco Céspedes, Luis Enrique and Maria Conchita Alonso as special guest presenters and featured performances by some of Latin music's hottest stars – Amaury Gutiérrez, Angel López, Jencarlos Canela, Gabriel Flores and Descemer Bueno. Other luminaries in attendance were Ednita Nazario, José José, Omar Alfanno, Tommy Torres, and Ricardo Montaner, among others.

ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams was joined by Ednita Nazario and Tommy Torres to present the ASCAP Latin Heritage Award to Alejandro Sanz in recognition of his unique and enduring contributions to Latin music. As part of the tribute, Sanz was honored in song by Torres and Ricardo Montaner and his two sons, Maurizio & Ricardo, known as MR. Past recipients of the ASCAP Latin Heritage Award include Armando Manzanero , Antonio Aguilar, Celia Cruz, Ricardo Montaner, Ednita Nazario, Franco de Vita, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Olga Tañón and Ricardo Arjona.

ASCAP Executive Vice President, Membership Randy Grimmett and ASCAP Vice President, Membership – Latin Alexandra Lioutikoff presented the Latin Song of the Year award, which went to "Dile Al Amor," written by Anthony “Romeo” Santos and published by Premium Latin Publishing. The also presented Independent Publisher of the Year awards to Pacific Latin Copyright and Tito El Patrón Publishing, who tied with five award-winning songs each.

ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento presented Tito "El Bambino" with his first-ever Songwriter of the Year award, and gave Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing its twelfth Publisher of the Year award in recognition of their 28 winning songs.

Awards were also presented throughout the evening in the following categories: Pop, Tropical, Regional Mexican, Urban, and Television.

Click here for the complete list of winners.

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