March 18, 2014

Romeo Santos and Andres Castro Named Songwriters of the Year at 22nd Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards

Fania All-Stars Received Latin Heritage Award

Daddy Yankee Honored with Voice of Music Award

“Limbo” Named Latin Song of the Year

Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing Named Publisher of the Year, Mayimba Music Named Independent Publisher of the Year

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New York, NY, March 18, 2014: Romeo Santos and Andres Castro received the Songwriter of the Year Award at the 22nd annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards, held tonight at The Hammerstein Ballroom of the Manhattan Center in New York, NY. The living legends of Fania All-Stars were presented with ASCAP’s Latin Heritage Award, Daddy Yankee was honored with the ASCAP Voice of Music Award, Limbo” interpreted by Daddy Yankee was named Latin Song of the Year, Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing received the Publisher of the Year Award, and Mayimba Music won the Independent Publisher of the Year Award. The songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed songs in Latin Music in 2013 were also honored during the invite-only awards ceremony.

Telemundo network TV personality, Odalys Molina hosted the all-star gathering, which featured performances and the participation of some of Latin music's hottest stars, including: Alex y Fido, Alma Jimenez, Brika, Descemer Bueno, Isidro Infante, Ismael Miranda, Johnny Pacheco, Julio Reyes, Jackie Cruz, Kany Garcia, Larry Harlow, Lena, Lundon Knight, Roberto Roena, Ruben Blades, Joan Sebastian, Tommy Torres, Tr3b, Victor Manuelle, Villalobos Brothers and others.

ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams was joined by tropical music songwriter-producer Victor Manuelle to present the ASCAP Latin Heritage Award to Fania All-Stars. Williams also presented the ASCAP Voice of Music Award to Daddy Yankee.

ASCAP President Paul Williams and EVP Membership John Titta joined the stage to present the Songwriter of the Year Award to Andres Castro and Romeo Santos. This is the first time that Castro received the Songwriter of the Year award and Romeo Santos’ fourth win in that category.

ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento presented the Publisher of the Year award to Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing. The Independent Publisher of the Year to Mayimba Music and the Latin Song of the Year award to “Limbo” (written by Daddy Yankee, Eliezer Palacios Rivera, Giancarlos Rivera, and Jonathan C. Rivera; published by Cangris Publishing, KOB Publishing and WB Music Corp), were presented by ASCAP EVP of Membership, John Titta and VP of Latin Membership Alexandra Lioutikoff.

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

For a complete list of winners, click here.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 700,000 members representing more than 11.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. 

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