77 Percent of 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards Go Home With BMI Writers
BMI's Latin division was triumphant at this year's Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami on April 25, 2013. Reggaeton superstar Don Omar
was the night's biggest winner, taking home 10 awards, including Songs
Artist of the Year, Male; and Streaming Artist of the Year, thanks in
large part to "Danza Kuduro",
his duet with Lucenzo which, to date, has received more than
440,600,000 views on Vevo. The Don didn't just rule the Internet; he
also ruled radio this past year with his more recent dance hit "Dutty
Luve," featuring his protege Natty Natasha - a fact recognized with the
Airplay Song of the Year award.
The legendary Jenni Rivera
was honored with six awards, including Artist of the Year and Regional
Mexican Album of the Year for her posthumous "La Misma Gran Señora."
Actor Edward James Olmos introduced a tribute segment to La Diva de la
Banda, while her parents, Pedro Rivera and Rosa Saavedra, and eldest two
daughters, Janney "Chiquis" Marín and Jacqueline Marín, accepted her
Mexican legend José José, affectionately called "El Principe" by his
peers in the industry and diehard fans, was honored with the Billboard
Lifetime Achievement Award.
It was a big night for Mexico, with Maná taking home the Latin Pop
Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group, award. The veteran rockers were
also honored with a Billboard Spirit of Hope Award, for their
environmental activism through their Selva Negra Foundation over the
past 20 years.
Other big winners included Prince Royce, La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho and Shakira, who won Songs Artist of the Year, Female; and Social Artist of the Year.