SESAC Latina, which represents the public-performing rights of artists in the United States and Puerto Rico, was recognized for musical excellence at the 16th Annual Latin Grammy® Awards, held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
SESAC Latina affiliates received awards from LARAS, the Latin Recording Academy, in such marquee categories as Best Urban Performance, Best Regional Mexican Song, Best Norteño Album and Best Banda Album.
SESAC Latina artist Nicky Jam won the prestigious Best Urban Performance award for his smash “El Perdón” (Forgiveness), which spent over 30 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard. He also performed the song “Cheerleader” at the live telecast, alongside the singer OMI.
In his acceptance speech, Nicky Jam thanked Colombia “for giving my career a second chance; and to my homeland, Puerto Rico, for giving me the flavor that I have and for taking its music to the world.” He dedicated his accolade to his family and “to the people of Paris, for what occurred.”
Jam also also closed out the show with another performance – joining the Colombian singer Silvestre Dangond on the song “Materialista,” which is racing up the worldwide singles charts.
The music of SESAC Latina received further international exposure with the Latin Grammy® appearance by Banda El Recodo de Don Cruz Lizárraga. They performed the Luciano Luna composition “Mi Vicio Más Grande,” the title track of the Best Banda Album winner.
The complete list of SESAC Latina-affiliated 2015 Latin Grammy® winners follows:
Best Urban Performance
“EL PERDÓN” (Forgiveness)
Nicky Jam feat. Enrique Iglesias
Best Regional Mexican Song
“TODO TUYO” (All Yours)
Songwriter: Mauricio Arriaga
Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga
SESAC Latina artists who made creative contributions to
2015 Latin Grammy®-winning albums:
Best Tropical Fusion Album
“EL MISMO” (The Same) – ChocQuibTown
Songwriter: Nicky Jam – “Cuando Te Veo” (When I See You)
Best Banda Album
“MI VICIO MÁS GRANDE” (My Biggest Vice)- Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizárraga
– “Mi Vicio Más Grande”
Luciano Luna y Miguel Ángel Romero – “De Haber Sabido” (If I Had Known)
Freddy Osuna – “La Miel De Su Saliva” (The Honey of Your Saliva)
Luciano Luna – “Si No Es Contigo” (If It’s Not With You)
Luciano Luna – “Mi Segundo Frente” (My Other Woman)
Miguel Ángel Romero – “Por No Perderte Te Perdí” (I Lost You By Trying Not To)
Arturo Valdez Osuna – “La Gorra De Lado” (The Sideways Cap)
Best Norteño Album
“ABRÁZAME” (Embrace Me) – Pesado
Luciano Luna – “Cada Vez Que Te Quiero Olvidar” (Every Time I Want To Forget You)
After the ceremony, A-listers flocked to the after-party thrown by Universal Music Latin Entertainment. SESAC Latina was the exclusive performing-rights organization co-sponsor of this event.
Attended by top artists, producers and industry executives, this one-of-a-kind bash took place inside Surrender Nightclub at the Encore, one of Las Vegas’ most luxurious hotels.
Showing solidarity for a good cause, SESAC Latina teamed up with the United States’ other two performing-rights organizations, BMI and ASCAP, to support the Fundación Cim*ab (Mexican Association Against Breast Cancer). This nonprofit, along with Los Producers, held a celebration one night prior to the Latin Grammy®, on November 18, at the Fremont Country Club of Las Vegas.
In a statement, Fundación Cim*ab noted that “Over 20 Latin Grammy® winners and nominees, including artists, producers, songwriters and engineers, are among the talent” that attended this fundraiser. Representing SESAC Latina with a performance was the up-and-coming alternative rock group Los Hollywood.
SESAC is a music rights organization that serves both the creators of music and music users through music licensing services and the use of information technology and data science to provide timely, efficient royalty collection and distribution. SESAC’s performing rights subsidiary is the second oldest and most progressive PRO in the U.S., the only PRO to pay monthly radio royalties, and was the first PRO to pay songwriters and publishers for live performances in venues of any size. Its affiliate roster continues to grow, with recent signings such as Mariah Carey, Zac Brown, Green Day, Kesha, Charli XCX and Nikki Sixx joining stalwarts Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Lady Antebellum and the Kurt Cobain catalog. The acquisition of the Harry Fox Agency (HFA), the leading U.S. mechanical rights organization, positions SESAC as the ONLY rights organization in the United States, with the ability to offer singular licenses for the works for its affiliated writers and publishers that aggregate both performance and mechanical rights. This allows SESAC to drive greater efficiency in licensing for music users, as well as enhanced value for music creators and publishers. SESAC’s Rumblefish subsidiary is a leader in music micro-licensing, network monetization on platforms such as YouTube and license verification utilizing its patented RadKey technology. Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London. In addition, SESAC Latina represents such prestigious artists as Draco Rosa, Nicky Jam, Gente D’ Zona, Reik, Jencarlos Canela, Carlos Baute, Enrique Bunbury, Rayito, Rafa Arcaute, Luz Casal, Gaby Moreno, Intocable, Joey Montana, Luciano Luna, Calibre 50, Aleks Syntek, Fonseca, América Sierra, among many others. SESAC, founded in 1930, was the first performing rights organization to create a Latin music-focused division. www.sesaclatina.com