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Carlos Santana Named BMI Icon

April 22, 2005

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ After more than 30 years in the music business, 36 albums and eight Grammy Awards, Carlos Santana can call himself a BMI icon.

The virtuoso guitarist known for his passionate, energetic rhythms received the special honor at the 12th annual BMI Latin Awards Thursday night at the Four Seasons hotel.

Santana joined past honorees James Brown, Brian Wilson, Dolly Parton, Isaac Hayes and Van Morrison.

Emilio Estefan and Latin pop star Estefano shared the songwriter of the year award.

Estefan, co-founder of the Miami Sound Machine and husband of singer Gloria Estefan, was honored for his work on Cristian Castro’s ``No Hace Falta,″ Shalim’s ``Se Me Olvido Tu Nombre″ and Victor Manuelle’s ``Tengo Ganas.″

Estefano picked up his sixth BMI award for ``Ahora Quien″ by Marc Anthony, ``Quitemonos La Ropa″ by NG2 and ``Y Todo Queda En Nada″ by Ricky Martin.

Colombian rocker Juanes won song of the year for ``Fotografia,″ a duet with Nelly Furtado. The hit is from the nine-time Latin Grammy winner’s multiplatinum album, ``Un Dia Normal.″

The awards recognized the past year’s most performed Latin songs on U.S. radio and television.

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