Albert Ramirez, Celeste Zendejas, Luciano Luna, J. J. Cheng and Trevor Gale he 2014 SESAC Latina Music Awards.
The 20th annual SESAC Latina Music Awards took place last Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, where the best Latin composers and artist in the United States were recognized.
SESAC’s mission is to stimulate all the creative forces behind singers and music groups, such as composers, publicists and record labels.
Awards were handed out based on what has been prominently featured on the radio, has had lasting presence on the charts and has been embraced by the public. The ceremony was preceded by a red-carpet event where celebrities and singers such as Yahir, Gaby Moreno, America Sierra, 3BallMTY, Noel Torres and Banda El Recodo made an appearance.
Many of the artists expressed their enthusiasm for being involved with the awards and for being invited to the event, such as Banda El Recodo’s Joel Lizárraga, who has won all of the event’s awards in the past.
“For all artists, receiving awards independently is very important because they solely recognize the work we do,” he said. “This time around, we’re here to support the editorial team, recognizing the important role composers play in the industry. Mainly, three of them who have given us hits in the past that our fans have loved.”
“For me, it’s a great joy to be asked to participate at these events to sing and also meet other fellow singers and songwriters. I’m happy to be celebrating with them,” she commented. “As far as my career, I’m taking it one step at a time, but I’m moving forward. I’m about to start working on my fourth album, and the plan is to start in July/August and have it ready by the start of next year. I’m also avidly composing with friends in both English and Spanish.
Jorge Gaxiola, member of Voz de Mando, spoke about the importance of these awards as a stimulus.
“These awards are very motivating for people like us, people in publishing and composers, because it makes us want to keep going at it, without letting up. It lets us know we’re doing things right.”
Finally, Yahir stressed the importance of recognizing creative talent.
“It’s very important because we [singers] live off of their songs and interpreting their talent. Writing a song is no simple task, as it requires a special sensitivity that not many people have. I am also a big believer in collaborations, and as a matter of fact, one of our songs, ‘La Locura’ came from someone honored here – and that song opened a lot of doors for us.”
The main honoree of the evening was Luciano Luna, who was awarded Composer of the Year. He wrote “Te Hubieras Ido Antes” for Julión Álvarez and “Vas a Llorar Por Mí” for Banda El Recodo, among others.
“Y Te Vas” by Banda Carnaval won Best Song of 2014.
The evening also included performances by Yahir, and 3BallMTY, who alongside El Bebeto, made sure everyone in attendance danced the night away.
Edison Millan contributed to this story.