Carlos Vives to Receive the 2024 ASCAP Founders Award

Acclaimed Colombian singer-songwriter Carlos Vives will be honored with this year’s ASCAP Founders Award, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced Monday (March 4). The presentation of the award will take place April 3 at the 2024 El Premio ASCAP in Miami, an invitation-only event that celebrates this year’s ASCAP Latin Music Award winners.

“Carlos has led a new generation of Latin artists bringing Colombian music sounds to music fans around the world,” said Paul Williams, ASCAP chairman of the board and president, in a press release. “His talent and passion for Latin music and culture are unmatched. His accomplishments have paved the way for so many others and we are thrilled to present him with our highest honor, the ASCAP Founders Award.” 

The ASCAP Founders Award recognizes songwriters and composers who have made “pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators,” according to the organization. “Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius that will enrich generations to come.”

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Vives — winner of 18 Latin Grammy Awards, two Grammy Awards and a Billboard Latin Music Awards Hall of Fame inductee — has left a profound mark in Latin music. In 2023, he released Escalona: Nunca Se Había Grabado Así, earning his 18th Latin Grammy, for best cumbia/vallenato album, and a 2024 Grammy nomination for best Latin tropical album.

“I want to thank ASCAP for this prestigious recognition,” Vives said in a press release. “It is an honor to receive an award that celebrates my career and contributions. I am looking forward to continuing to share the gift of music with new generations of songwriters and musicians.”  

The Colombian powerhouse — whose No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts include “Volví a Nacer,” “Fruta Fresca,” “La Bicicleta” with Shakira, and “Robarte un Beso” with Sebastián Yatra, among others — joins past recipients of the ASCAP Founders Award such as Marc Anthony, Rubén Blades, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Arturo Sandoval, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder and many more.

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