March 31, 2016

ASCAP Announces 24th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in Miami Beach

Luis Enrique To Be Honored With ASCAP Voice Of Music Award; Natalia Lafourcade To Be Presented ASCAP Golden Note Award

Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique will receive the ASCAP Voice of Music Award

NEW YORK, March 31, 2016: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced today that it will host its 24th annual Latin Music Awards on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Miami, FL.

At the ceremony, ASCAP will present special awards to Luis Enrique and Natalia Lafourcade. Luis Enrique will be honored with the ASCAP Voice of Music Award, presented to songwriters and artists whose music gives voice to the spirit of a generation, and Natalia Lafourcade will receive the ASCAP Golden Note Award.  The Golden Note award is bestowed to songwriters, composers, and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones.    

“Luis Enrique has given so much to the music community throughout his career, and Natalia Lafourcade is a great inspiration to all the songwriter artists that follow their heart. We look forward to celebrating their contributions at our 24th annual gala,” said newly appointed ASCAP VP Latin, Gabriela Gonzalez.

After the resounding success of his latest albums, Soy Y Seré and Ciclos, the Nicaraguan singer-songwriter Luis Enrique is back at work creating new music for his fans. After a multi-year absence from music, Luis Enrique’s return to the stage put him back at the top of Latin American music. In fact, he made one of the most striking returns in tropical music in recent times. Those achievements won him accolades including three Latin Grammys, one Grammy, four Premio Lo Nuestro, four Latin Billboard Awards, two Premios Ronda and recognitions from Premios Huaco, TVyNovelas, Aplausos, ACE and ASCAP.  In his latest production, he collaborated with acclaimed producer Sergio George and songwriters Jorge Luis Piloto, Jorge Villamizar, Monica Velez and Alex Cuba.

Enrique has become a forceful figure in the struggle for immigrant rights, participating in forums, conferences and bringing a message of openness and collaboration through social networks. He was recently part of the annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute conference, where he had the opportunity to address President Barack Obama and express his thoughts and concerns regarding the issue of immigration in the country.

Natalia Lafourcade is one of the most influential and beloved singer-songwriters of this generation. In her nearly 20-year career, Natalia’s alternative sound has captivated both adult and young audiences in her native Mexico, Latin America, the USA, Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Taiwan where she has played and recorded. Natalia has participated in tributes for legendary performers like Caetano Veloso, Simón Díaz, José Alfredo Jiménez, Mecano, Intocable, Luis Eduardo Auté and Chavela Vargas. She has performed duets with celebrated artists including Pepe Aguilar, Juan Gabriel, José José and Gilberto Santa Rosa.

Natalia’s latest album, Hasta La Raíz, released in March of 2015, received five Latin Grammys out of six nominations - Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Alternative Song, Best Alternative Music Album, and Best Recording for Album Engineering. It reached No. 1 on iTunes and Spotify; garnered play on more than 80 radio stations worldwide; reached gold and platinum status in Mexico and Italy; remained in the Top 20 sales for Mixup for almost a year; and added more than 100 million views on YouTube. Natalia’s Hasta La Raíz Tour has performed over 50 concerts in six countries.

Natalia is also dedicated to humanitarian efforts. She composed the theme song for “The Right of Birth for Mexican Youth” in favor of the political movement “Yo Soy 132” (I am 132), and supports projects such as A Roof for My Country (Un Techo para Mi Pais), The Caracol Foundation for Young Homeless, Ponte Oreja, Guatemala’s Camino Seguro, Save the Children, and the International Society of Mexican Arts Value (SIVAM - Sociedad Internacional de Valores de Arte Mexicano).

Previous recipients of the ASCAP Voice of Music Award include David Bisbal, Luis Fonsi, Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Daddy Yankee, Amy Grant, George Strait, Diane Warren, the Doobie Brothers and Jimmy Webb.

 Previous recipients of the ASCAP Golden Note Award include Mario Domm, José Feliciano, Victor Manuelle, Omar Alfanno, Lionel Richie and Ne-Yo.

The black tie event, hosted by Univision radio personality Enrique Santos, will also include performances by some of the most celebrated talent in Latin music. 

 About ASCAP

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 680,000 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. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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Media Contacts: 

Blanca Lasalle – Creativelink

(212) 684-6001

blanca@creativelinkny.com

Cathy Nevins – ASCAP

Cnevins (at) ascap.com