Showing of their awards are (l-r): Emilio
Estefan; Frances W. Preston, President & CEO, BMI; José
de Jesús Navarro; Ramón González Mora; Kike
Santander; Diane J. Almodovar, Assistan Vice President, Latin
Music, BMI; Nicole Fortier; and Del Bryant, Senior Vice President,
Los Angeles Performing rights organization BMI presented its 8th Annual Latin Awards on April 20 with top honors going to "Morir De Amor," songwriters Robert Dee Blades, José de Jesús Navarro and Kike Santander, and publisher Foreign Imported Productions and Publishing, Inc. The black-tie ceremony, hosted by BMI President and CEO Frances W. Preston and Assistant Vice President of Latin Music Diane J. Almodovar, honored top writers and publishers of the most performed Latin songs on US radio and television at a 400-person gala dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.
"Morir De Amor," written by Ramón González Mora and published by SegSon Music, Inc., earned Song of the Year accolades as the most performed song in the BMI Latin catalog. The Latin Grammy-nominated song was a hit for Norteño band Conjunto Primavera. More also received his second BMI Latin Award for another Conjunto Primavera song, "Necesito Decirte".
Three songwriters tied for the Songwriter of the Year award with the distinct achievement of each having four songs on the most-performed list. They include Kike Santander for the third consecutive year ("Alguna Vez," "Da La Vuelta," "Mi Vida Sin Tu Amor," "Volver A Amar"), Robert Dee Blades ("Dímelo," "¿Dónde Está El Amor?," "Muy Dentro de Mí," "No Me Dejes De Querer"), and José de Jesús Navarro ("Amor Del Bueno," "¿Con Quién Estarás?," "Con Tu Indiferencia," "Te Supliqué Muchas Veces").
Gloria and Emilio Estefán's Foreign Imported Productions and Publishing, Inc. received its second Publisher of the Year title with nine songs on the most-performed list. The company was also named Publisher of the Year in 1999.
A certificate of achievement was given to "Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...)" for the song's International impact. The certificates were given to Lou Bega (GEMA), Christian Pletschacher (GEMA), Pérez Prado and peermusic.