Tejano Music Awards
|Tejano Music Awards|
|2016 Tejano Music Awards|
Promotional poster for the Tejano Music Awards
|Awarded for||Recognizing outstanding performers of Tejano music|
|Venue||Alamodome, lila cockrell theatre|
|Presented by||Texas Talent Music Association (TTMA)|
The Tejano Music Awards (TMA) is an accolade created by former arts teacher and musician Rudy Trevino in 1980. The accolade recognizes outstanding performers of Tejano music, a German polka-based Latin music genre recorded in Spanish or English-language. 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, though the ceremony was presented in other host cities such as Eagle Pass, Texas.
The first Tejano Music Awards was held in 1980 and recognized Tejano musicians and recordings of 1980. 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. Tejano music enjoyed a wider success in the 1990s as it entered in its first renaissance and marketable era. This was due to the popularity of American singer Selena, who was called the "Queen of Tejano music". Selena dominated the female-only awards, while American singer Emilio Navaira was called the "King of Tejano music". The Tejano Music Awards celebrated their "quinceañera" year in 1995 and awarded Tejano musicians in 14 categories.
By the 20th annual Tejano Music Awards, the genre suffered and its popularity wane after Selena was shot and killed in 1995. The Lifetime Achievement Award was erected in 1999 and was awarded to Tejano artists to had a major impact on the genre. At the 2005 Tejano Music Awards, the ceremony celebrated their "silver anniversary" and awarded Tejano artists in 14 categories, the most categories since 1995. 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. The 2016 Tejano Music Awards is the 36th annual upcoming event, awarding artists in 12 categories. Aside from the awards ceremony, the annual Fan Fair is celebrated weeks in advance from the Tejano Music Awards.
- 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)
- 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
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