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Mario Quintero of Los Tucanes de Tijuana to Be Honored at 26th Annual BMI Latin Awards

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Mario Quintero Lara, the lead singer of norteño band Los Tucanes de Tijuana, will be honored with the BMI President’s Award during the 26th Annual BMI Latin Awards taking place March 19 in Los Angeles.

“Mario Quintero was my very first signing when I joined BMI, and by honoring him with our President’s Award I feel like we’ve come full circle,” said Delia Orjuela, BMI vice president, creative, Latin, who will be hosting the awards together with BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill.

Quintero helms one of the most successful groups in norteño music. Los Tucanes have been able to achieve that difficult balance of remaining true to the genre’s spirit, sound and authenticity -- playing everything from narcocorridos to romance -- while at the same time carving their own distinctive sound and place. The group’s music has been featured in multiple television shows, films and series, including "Babel," "Breaking Bad," "Señora Acero,” “El Chema,” “El Americano: The Movie,” and they will be playing at both Coachella weekends in April, an anomaly for a regional Mexican band.

Los Tucanes have placed six albums on the Billboard 200, beginning with 2007’s El papá de los pollitos and have placed 15 top 10 hits on the Hot Latin Songs chart, going back to 1997, and have been nominated for five Grammy awards.

Quintero specifically has written more than 500 songs, 73 of which have made it to the Billboard charts. The band is also part of Pandora’s Billionaire group of artists.

Quintero joins previous BMI President’s Award recipients Gloria Trevi, Luis Fonsi, Carlos Vives and Pitbull, among others.

The BMI Latin music awards will honor 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. The BMI President’s Award is bestowed to a songwriter, composer, producer or executive who has profoundly influenced the entertainment industry.

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