Tejano Music Awards

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Tejano Music Awards
Current: 2024 Tejano Music Awards
Promotional poster for the Tejano Music Awards
Awarded forRecognizing outstanding performers of Tejano music
VenueAlamodome, Lila Cockrell Theatre (San Antonio Convention Center)
CountryUnited States
Presented byTexas Talent Music Association (TTMA)
First awarded1980

The Tejano Music Awards (TMA) is an accolade created by former arts teacher and musician Rudy Trevino in 1980.[1] The accolade recognizes outstanding performers of Tejano music, a German polka-based Latin music genre recorded in Spanish or English-language.[2] The annual presentation ceremony features performances by Tejano artists and bands and the presentation of all awards. The Tejano Music Awards are annually presented in San Antonio, Texas, although the ceremony has been presented in other cities such as Eagle Pass, Texas in the past.

The first Tejano Music Awards was held in 1980 and recognized Tejano musicians and recordings of 1980.[3] The ceremony awarded Tejano musicians in 11 categories: Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Duo of the Year, Album of the Year – Orchestra, Album of the Year – Conjunto, Single of the Year, Male Entertainer of the Year, Female Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Most Promising Band of the Year.[3] Tejano music enjoyed wider success in the 1990s as it entered its first renaissance and marketable era.[4] This was due to the popularity of American singer Selena, who was called the "Queen of Tejano Music".[5][6] Selena dominated the female-only awards,[7] while American singer Emilio Navaira was called the "King of Tejano music".[8] The Tejano Music Awards celebrated their "quinceañera" year in 1995 and awarded Tejano musicians in 14 categories.[3]

By the 20th annual Tejano Music Awards, the genre suffered and its popularity waned after Selena was shot and killed in 1995.[9] The Lifetime Achievement Award was erected in 1999 and was awarded to Tejano artists who had a major impact on the genre.[3] At the 2005 Tejano Music Awards, the ceremony celebrated their "silver anniversary" and awarded Tejano artists in 14 categories, the most categories since 1995.[3] The 30th annual Tejano Music Awards was celebrated in 2010 with a decade-ballot category, awarding artists in specific categories that they reign in the 1980s, 1990s, and the 2000s.[3] The 2016 Tejano Music Awards is the 36th annual upcoming event, awarding artists in 12 categories.[3] Aside from the awards ceremony, the annual Fan Fair is celebrated weeks in advance from the Tejano Music Awards.[10]

2008 winners[edit]

  • Song of the Year: "Elida's Medley" by Elida Reyna
  • Male Vocalist of the Year: Jay Perez
  • Female Vocalist of the Year: Elida Reyna
  • Entertainer of the Year: Jay Perez
  • Album of the Year (Tejano): 35th Anniversary by Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution
  • Album of the Year (Conjunto): Chuco's by Los Garcia Brothers
  • Crossover Song of the Year: "His House" by Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz
  • Vocal Duo of the Year: Shelly Lares and Sunny Sauceda
  • Most Promising Band: Tex-Mex Kadillaks
  • Showband of the Year: Jay Perez
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards: Joey Lopez (producer), Arturo Villarreal (promoter), Freddie Martinez (record label)

2012 winners[edit]

  • Song of the Year: "Juntos Hasta Morir" by Elida Reyna and Jesse Turner
  • Male Vocalist of the Year: Jesse Turner of Grupo Siggno
  • Female Vocalist of the Year: Elida Reyna
  • Entertainer of the Year: Elida Reyna
  • Album of the Year (Tejano): Lo Que Me Dejaste by Grupo Siggno
  • Album of the Year (Conjunto): Manteniendo La Promesa by The Hometown Boys
  • Vocal Duo of the Year: Elida Reyna and Jesse Turner for "Juntos Hasta Morir"
  • Best New Male of the Year: Ricky Valenz
  • Best New Female of the Year: Jessica Sanchez
  • Best New Group of the Year: Tejano Highway 281
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards: Elsa Garcia, Mingo Saldivar, Johnny Canales


  1. ^ "About > Tejano Music Awards". Tejanomusicawards.com. Texas Talent Music Association. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Latin Music USA". 30 minutes in. PBS. Selena wanted to sing American pop music, but her father had learned some hard lessons playing music in Texas with a band he'd had years before called Los Dinos {{cite episode}}: Missing or empty |series= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Past Tejano Music Award Winners". Tejanomusicawards.com. Texas Talent Music Association. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  4. ^ Schone, Mark (April 20, 1995). "A Postmortem Star In death, Selena is a crossover success". Newsday. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  5. ^ Cortina, Betty (26 March 1999). "A Sad Note". Entertainment Weekly. No. 478. Time Inc. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  6. ^ Lannert, John (6 April 1996). "Tejano Music Awards: Bigger, But Not Necessarily Better". Billboard. Vol. 108, no. 14. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  7. ^ Morales, Tatiana (16 October 2002). "Fans, Family Remember Selena". CBS News. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Assisted Listen: Emilio Navaira, King of Tejano". NPR.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  9. ^ Torres, Marco (8 October 2012). "Is Tejano Music Completely Dead? We Ask The Experts". Houston Press. Stuart Folb. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Fan Fair < Tejano Music Awards". Tejanomusicawards.com. Texas Talent Music Association. Retrieved 16 March 2015.

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