Monday, 12 July 2010 10:06

There were few surprises and even fewer new faces at the 2010 Tejano Music Awards Sunday. This, even though officials claimed the awards ceremony was being "reinvented."

Veteran producer David Chavez is a very talented man. And while he added some zest to the annual awards show, the many woes that are continuing to beset the Tejano music industry are far beyond what any one individual can do.

Meanwhile, Jay Perez and Elida took best 

vocalists categories. Among new faces - AJ Castillo and Veronica Sustaita took their respective genders best new artist category.

Raul Navaira won song of the year for "Abajo de tu Sombra," his tribute to his still-recovering brother Emilio. Emilio generated a lot of cheers when he surprisingly took the stage, a stage he has not seen in more than two years because of his controversial 2008 tour bus crash. Months after he left the hospital, he was charged with DWI.

But Tejano fans can be forgiving and they showed their love Sunday night for their fallen hero. Emilio is not out of the woods yet. He survived a months-long coma and several operations but he is still not at 100 % - and doctors cannot predict when he will - if he will - ever return.

Back at the ranch, officials estimated some 2,800 folks attended the awards at Municipal Auditorium, better attendance than in recent years. In another controversy, the Texas Tornados - announced in the original lineup - pulled out of their scheduled performance after a dispute over soundcheck and song material.

And despite the awards unfolding in their 30th year, there were the usual technical glitches - bad microphones, inconsistent sound.