Billboard Awards Draws Music Executives, Producers and Recording Stars
Text and photos by Brett Graff
Producer Paul Kirzner, Judy Kirzner, La Voz Mexico host Lele Pons, Ogilvy CEO Pablo Glaser

Titans of the Latin music industry were mingling, sipping, and posing for pictures at Billboard’s first ever Latin Music Power Players event. Held at the W South Beach and sponsored by Lexus, guests included Sony Music Entertainment’s CEO for Latin America, Afo Verde, Univision Radio president Jesus Lara, Sony music senior A&R manager Isabel de Jesus, Ogilvy CEO Pablo Glaser, Miami philanthropists Walter and Carolina la Mendola, La Voz Mexico host Lele Pons and countless recording artists, producers, and executives. Of course, Billboard editor-in-chief Jason Lipshutz was there, as the event was thrown to herald the magazine’s annual Latin Music Power Players List, which recognizes the most authoritative people in the Latin music industry within the labels, management companies, streaming services and multi-sector organizations. William Kolm of WK Entertainment was honored as Executive of the Year and there were live performances by CNCO, Abraham Mateo, Manu Manzo, and Justin Quiles.  

Afo Verde, chair Sony Music Entertainment Latin America and Blake G., recording artist

Attorney James Sammataro, Univision Radio president Jesus Lara, music executive Fabio Acosta

Bianca Alarcon, head of content development, Spanish Broadcasting System

Billboard magazine editor-in-chief Jason Lipshutz

Carlos Calderon

Carolina and Walter la Mendola

Film producer Felipe Pimiento and artist Feid

German Gonzalez, Chris Duque, Isabel De Jesus

Katalina Gomez, Kito Sunshine

Publicist Myriam Bitton, recording artist Chesca

Robert Molina, Maria Alejandra Gutierrez, Armond Montiel

Sony Music Entertainment executive Maria Fernandez, Merger

William Morris' Richard Lom, Claudia Arcay