It's a night to honor some of the best talent in music, radio and television in the U.S., and several Latino artists and songwriters were recognized at the 24th annual BMI Latin Music Awards in Beverly Hills. Among the winners announced Tuesday night were Reggaeton star J Balvin, Mexican singer and songwriter Horacio Palencia, and the Grammy-award winning group Los Lobos.
Horacio Palencia won regional Mexican song of the year for his hit "Solo con verte" (Banda MS) and was also awarded with the regional Mexican songwriter of the year for the sixth time.
Balvin won BMI contemporary Latin song of the year for his chart-topping track "Ginza."
Los Lobos stole the show with their performance of "La Vengaza de los Pelados," "Teresa," and "La Bamba." The BMI Latin Music Awards recognized them with the biggest award of the night, the BMI Icon Award, for being one of the "most acclaimed American bands of the past four decade."
Other winners of the evening included Horacio Palencia, who took home the Regional Mexican songwriter of the year award, as well as winning Regional Mexican song of the year for his hit Solo Con Verte.
For the second year in a row, the BMI Latin publisher of the year award went to Sony/ATV Music Publishing with 14 songs among the most popular of the year, including Gente de Zona's "La gozadera," Ricky Martin's "La mordidita" and Yandel's "Encantadora."
The main award winners at the BMI Latin Music Awards are as follows:
Icon Award – Los Lobos
Regional Mexican Song of the Year 2016 – Solo Con Verte, Horacio Palencia
Contemporary Latin Song of the Year 2016 – Ginza, J Balvin
Regional Mexican Songwriter of the Year 2016 – Horacio Palencia
Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year 2016 – Jose ‘Goche’ Torres, Arbise ‘Motiff’ Gonzalez
Latin Publisher of the Year 2016 – Sony/ATV Music Publishing