February 11, 2014

ASCAP Continues 100th Anniversary Celebration at 22nd Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards

Event to Honor Daddy Yankee and Fania All Stars in New York City on March 18, 2014

New York, NY – February 10, 2014: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) celebrates its 100th birthday on February 13th, and to continue the commemoration, the performing rights organization has announced this year’s ASCAP Latin Music Awards honorees. The black tie ceremony will take place in New York on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at the Hammerstein Ballroom of the Manhattan Center.

This year’s highlights include the presentation of ASCAP Latin Heritage Award to music legends of Fania All-Stars, and producer and hit-maker Daddy Yankee will be presented with the ASCAP Voice of Music.

During the awards ceremony, ASCAP will also recognize the Songwriter of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Independent Publisher of the Year and Latin Song of the Year. Awards will also be presented in the following categories: Pop, Tropical, Regional Mexican, Urban and Television.

About the honorees:

Fania All-Stars — In 1964, Johnny Pacheco and Jerry Massuci launched the wildly successful Fania All-Stars, a group that brought together several of the Fania label most popular artists. Their first concert, Live at the Red Garter, was a promotional experiment, which proved the amazing success of bringing all these talents together. In 1971, the band revolutionized salsa as a genre with Fania All-Stars at the Cheetah, a concert that was filmed and recorded live. In 1973, the band made an appearance at Yankee Stadium in New York. The stars performed before countless fans that had caught the fever and were swooning in the presence of consecrated performers of the genre, such as Willie Colón, Johnny Pacheco, Bobby Valentín, Ray Barretto and Mongo Santamaría. This concert, too, was filmed and recorded live, and set the standard in the music industry.

The All-Stars were on fertile soil, and they wasted no time in reaping the benefits. In 1974, they appeared live at the Statu Hai stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire, which was the scene of the movie Fania All-Stars Live in Africa. The concert included Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, Justo Betancourt, Ismael Quintana, Cheo Feliciano, Ismael Miranda and Roberto Roena, among others. One after the other, the band continued performing in concerts that were just as successful and multitudinous: Best Of, Live in Japan (1976) and Tribute to Tito Rodríguez, which marked Rubén Blades’ first performance with the All-Stars.

Fania All-Stars transcended language barriers and united cultures all over the world. Their music was heard from the streets of El Barrio in New York, to the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and Africa. Today, the living legends of the All-Stars band continue to honor the legacy, each artist as leaders of their own bands and with their most recent Fania All-Stars concert in Puerto Rico. They will be a cornerstone of this year’s recognition of the 50th Anniversary label that introduced them to the world – Fania Records.

Daddy Yankee
Seven years after Barrio Fino became the top-selling Latin urban album of all time and the track “Gasolina” single-handedly launched reggaetón to the world, Daddy Yankee continues to be the most influential and recognizable names in Latin urban and dance music, with over 11 million albums sold, and more than 15 million fans combined throughout his social networks.

Named one of the most influential Hispanics in the world by both CNN and Time Magazine, Yankee continued his trailblazing path with the release of his album in 2012 on his own label, El Cartel Records, and the launch of his US, Latin American and European tour.

In keeping with a long line of prestigious brand associations, Yankee has launched a new line of headphones with Section 8, and also launched his own “Legends of the Game” line of luxury watches with Azad Watches Inc., Yankee presides over an empire that includes El Cartel Records, a production house; his award-winning Los Cangris Music Publishing; his men’s and women’s fragrance (DY for men and Dyamante for women); and a budding film company that produced Talento de Barrio, the highest-grossing film in Puerto Rico’s history, starring Yankee himself. The film’s soundtrack sold over 1 million copies worldwide and reached #1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Album charts, with the single “Pose” also hitting #1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.

Acutely aware of his role and responsibility within the Latin community, Yankee founded Daddy’s House, which supports orphaned children in the Dominican Republic, and is a cabinet member of the American Red Cross. Yankee’s philanthropic efforts made him the recipient of Billboard’s Spirit of Hope Award, given yearly to an artist for outstanding humanitarian work. Daddy Yankee’s extensive accomplishments also include: 11 Premios Juventud Awards, nine Billboard Latin Music Awards, four Premios Lo Nuestro Awards and two Latin Grammys. 2013 marked yet another milestone in the career of this Latin urban legend with the release of his digital-only album titled King Daddy.

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 690,000 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. www.ascap.com

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