Emilio Navaira acknowledges applause after performing at the Tejano Music Awards at the Alamodome on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012.
Photo: Billy Calzada, San Antonio Express-News / © 2012 San Antonio Express-News
By Yvonne Zamora
Updated 2:31 a.m., Sunday, August 19, 2012
Other winners included Jessica Sanchez, who took the award for best new female artist; and the Hometown Boys, who took the award for conjunto album of the year, “Manteniendo La Promesa.”
Reyna also won for her song, “Juntos Hasta Morir” with Jesse Turner, who also won male vocalist of the year — his second such award.
Reyna was unable to attend the awards show because of a performance in Brownsville.
San Antonio native and award show host Jesse Borrego kept the crowd of nearly 2,500 fired up between musical performances from Shelly Lares, Ruben Ramos, and San Antonio musicians Girl in a Coma and Stefani Montiel.
Michael Salgado, who was nominated for four Tejano Music Awards including song of the year (“Honky Tonk and Cantinas”) and male vocalist of the year, was glowing at being recognized for his work.
“It feels awesome,” Salgado said. “Four nominations — it's just very exciting.”
Ricky Valdez was named best new male artist and Jessica Sanchez best new female artist.
Tejano Highway 281 was awarded best new group.
Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to three well-known personalities: Johnny Canales, host of the “Johnny Canales TV Show” which aired on Univision in the United States and on Televisa in Mexico; along with Tejano singer Elsa Garcia and conjunto accordionist Mingo Saldivar.
The awards, which began in 1980, are sponsored by the Texas Talent Musicians Association, headquartered in San Antonio.
Corporate sponsors include corporate sponsors that include Hermes Music, KXTN Univision Radio, BNet Radio, La Prensa of San Antonio, Budweiser, Telemundo KVDA 60 San Antonio and Devine Design and Photography.
Congratulations to the Winners of the 32nd Annual Tejano Music Awards
Song of the Year
Juntos Hasta Morir – Elida Reyna & Jesse Turner
Male Vocalist of the Year
Jesse Turner (Siggno)
Female Vocalist of the Year
Entertainer of the Year
Album of the Year – Tejano
Lo Que Me Dejaste – Siggno
Album of the Year – Conjunto
Manteniendo La Promesa – The Hometown Boys
Vocal Duo of the Year
Elida Reyna & Jesse Turner – Juntos Hasta Morir
Best New Male
Best New Female
Best New Group
Tejano Highway 281