Ender Makes History Becoming The Youngest Composer Ever Inducted
“Despacito” Received the Inaugural iHeartLatino Song Of The Year
Just 42 years old, SESAC Latina affiliate Erika Ender is making history as the youngest-ever inductee into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame (LSHOF) during its fifth annual La Musa Awards, held on October 19 in Miami.
She has written over 40 No. 1 hits throughout her 25-year career, with her crowning achievement coming this year as the co-writer, along with lead performer Luis Fonsi, of the record-shattering global juggernaut “Despacito.”
“Despacito” also received the inaugural iHeartLatino Song of the Year recognition at La Musa Awards.
The original version of “Despacito,” performed by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee, holds the all-time record for most YouTube views, with over 4 billion. Meanwhile, a remix featuring Justin Bieber spent 16 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, tying the 59-year-old chart’s record. “Despacito” also has been released in an official salsa version featuring Víctor Manuelle, and a Portuguese version featuring Israel Novaes.
Of Panamanian and Brazilian descent, Erika Ender has won awards from the Latin GRAMMY®, Billboard and Monitor Latino, along with SESAC Latina, the only music-rights organization in the nation. Ender has written songs that have been included on over 160 records, including by artists such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Los Tigres del Norte, Chayanne, Calibre 50, Ednita Nazario, Mijares, and La Original Banda El Limón. In 2016, her composition “Ataúd,” performed by Los Tigres Del Norte won a Latin GRAMMY® for Song of the Year – Regional Mexican.
SESAC Latina and its roster of songwriters are proud to congratulate Erika Ender for her induction into LSHOF and her inaugural iHeartLatino award.