Billboard -- Regional Mexican group Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga received the Icon Award at the 20th annual BMI Latin Music Awards, held March 21 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
The band was honored along with songwriters and publishers of Latin music's most-performed songs on U.S. radio and television.
It was a big night for regional Mexican singer/songwriter Horacio Palencia and bachata crooner Prince Royce. They were both honored as Latin songwriters of the year in 2012.
Palencia had a strong year with songs such as "Enhorabuena" and "Nada Iguales." Royce also had a stellar year with "El Amor Que Perdimos," "Las Cosas Pequeñas" and "Ven Conmigo."
The Latin song of the year went to Wilfran Castillo (SAYCO) for "Te Amo Y Te Amo" (Anval Music/Ser-CA Publishing, Inc.)
Latin publisher of the year went to Universal Music Publishing Group with such hits such as "El Día Que Me Fui," "El Mejor Perfume" and "Tu Olor." This is Universal's third consecutive award in the category.
The members of Banda El Recordo, who this year celebrate 75 years in the business, performed a medley of their biggest hits on stage and were also saluted with an all-star musical tribute.
Organizers of the event said the band was being honored for their "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers."
The awards show was hosted by BMI president and CEO Del Bryant and Delia Orjuela, BMI Vice President, Latin Music.
BMI represents Latin songwriters in the U.S. and around the world through reciprocal agreements with sister performing rights organizations in the songwriters' home countries. For a complete list of winners, go to bmi.com/latin.
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