The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced today that it will celebrate the 26th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards on Tuesday, March 6 in New York City.
Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcom from acclaimed urban music duo Gente de Zona will be honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award. The award is presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones.
ASCAP will also present its prestigious ASCAP Vanguard Award to the eclectic and multi award-winning songwriter, producer and music virtuoso, Eduardo Cabra aka Visitante of Calle 13 and Trending Tropics in recognition of his impact on new and developing musical genres that have shaped the future of music.
The evening, hosted by renowned radio personality Alex Sensation, will feature performances by some of Latin music’s hottest stars and awards will be presented to the Songwriter of the Year, Singer/Songwriter of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Independent Publisher of the Year and the creators of the Latin Song of the Year. Top Latin songwriters and composers will also be recognized in the Pop, Tropical, Regional Mexican, Urban and Television categories.
ASCAP President Paul Williams commented: “For over 17 years, Gente De Zona have revolutionized the Latin music soundscape from within, developing the Cubatón sound as a vibrant reflection of the roots of their country. Through an unflinching commitment to both preservation and evolution, Gente De Zona are now being joyously heralded across the globe. It is with great pleasure that we award Gente De Zona with the ASCAP Golden Note Award.”
He continued: “Throughout his passionate work with Calle 13 and Trending Tropics, Visitante has developed a unique and politically powerful voice that has reverberated within the Latin community and far beyond. We are honored to present him with the ASCAP Vanguard Award, which recognizes the courageous spirit behind his music and the relentless momentum with which it pulls us all forward.”