Residente To Receive The BMI Champion Award

Residente To Receive The BMI Champion Award

Broadcast Music, Inc., (BMI), the global leader in rights management, will present multiple award-winning entertainer Residente with the BMI Champion Award at the 25th Annual BMI Latin Awards. Marking the first time such an honor has been given out during the show’s 25-year history, the celebrated singer/songwriter/rapper and filmmaker will receive this award in recognition of his philanthropic efforts towards various global issues. As previously announced, global superstar Luis Fonsi will receive the BMI President’s Award, and the top Latin songwriters, publishers and administrators will also be recognized throughout the night. The private event, held on Tuesday, March 20th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA., will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President of Creative, Latin Music Delia Orjuela.

“Outside of being one of Latin music’s most highly decorated award-winners, Residente is a true humanitarian,” said Delia Orjuela, BMI Vice President, Creative, Latin. “The BMI Champion Award will recognize his tireless efforts to affect change, and because of his activism, he’s made a direct and productive impact on countless people around the world.”

Residente, born René Pérez Joglar, began advocating for social change early in his career through his music as a member of Puerto Rican rap group Calle 13, which he co-founded. Throughout the years, he has experienced tremendous success and was instrumental in helping the group earn a record-setting 22 Latin GRAMMYS and three GRAMMY’s. As a solo artist, his latest self-titled global music album Residente won best urban music album and was nominated for album of the year in the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards.

As a humanitarian, Residente’s relentless work for change has impacted the poorest communities in Mexico, hurricane victims in El Salvador, and most recently those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. His music has given him an international platform to speak on social injustices such as LGBT equality, human trafficking and cultural diversity. He was previously a spokesman for Amnesty International and UNICEF, and he received the Nobel Peace Summit Award for his commitment to social justice and international human rights in 2015.

In receiving this honor, Residente joins previous BMI Champion Award recipients, Keith Urban and Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA-9), who were both honored for their tireless commitment to support the next generation of songwriters and music makers.

Throughout the evening, the private event will also salute the songwriters, publishers and administrators of the past year’s most-performed Latin songs in the United States. The BMI Regional Mexican Song, Songwriter, BMI Contemporary Latin Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year will also be named during the ceremony.

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