- Jaime Monzon
- The Last Bandoleros' Diego Navaira singing "Even If I Tried" during the Emilio tribute at the Tejano Music Awards last night.
Elida Reyna was the big winner at the 36th Annual Tejano Music Awards which took place last night at the Tobin Center, but the emotional night clearly belonged to the Navaira family: the late Emilio was paid a tribute by sons Diego, Emilio IV and the rest of The Last Bandoleros (Derek James and Jerry Fuentes), niece Destiny won Best New Artist (female) and nephew Rigo won as Best New Artist (male). Emilio himself was present via old videos on a big screen.
In total, Reyna, the singer for Avante, won four awards: Female Vocalist, Entertainer, Song ("Adicta") and Tejano Album of the Year (Adicta). Michael Salgado followed with two (Male Vocalist and Norteño Album for Por cielo y tierra). For the first time, an award for Best Gospel Album was given out, and the honor went to Ricardo Sanchez's Grand Symphony, but it was fellow nominee Javier Galvan (former singer of Grupo Fama) who turned the Tobin into a huge prayer hall, standing room only. (For complete list of winners and nominees, click here)
At one point, actor Tony Plana (who emceed with singer Erica Gonzaba) asked the crowd, "How about this election?" and followed with "The inmates have taken over the asylum!" Besides isolated nervous laughter, the crowd answered with a creepy silence. Soon after, the sons of Emilio Navaira (with The Last Bandoleros) paid tribute to their dad with a roaring version of "Even If I Tried" (from Emilio's country Life is Good album). Towards the end of the song, they were joined by uncle Raulito, a member of Emilio's band Rio.