BMI to honor Santaolalla


MIAMI -- Argentinean composer and producer Gustavo Santaolalla, whose scores for "Brokeback Mountain" and "Babel" won him Oscars, will be honored as the BMI Icon at BMI's 15th annual Latin Awards.

Santaolalla will be recognized during the awards ceremony, which is set for June 12 in Los Angeles. The event also will honor the songwriters and publishers of the past year's top BMI Latin songs played on American radio and television, with special honors given to the Latin song, songwriter and publisher of the year.

BMI's Icon award is given to artists who have had a "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." Past honorees include Los Tigres del Norte, Juan Luis Guerra, Biran Wilson, Dolly Parton and James Brown.

Originally a rock musician with his band Arco Iris, Santaolalla went on to become one of the most successful rock/alternative producers in the Latin sphere, working with partner Anibal Kerpel in albums by the likes of Juanes (originally signed to Santaolalla's label, Surco), Julieta Venegas and Bersuit Vergarabat.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Wilshire and will be hosted by BMI president and CEO Del Bryant and BMI assistant vp Latin music Delia Orjuela.