Pitbull to receive top honor at BMI Latin Awards
After dominating pop radio for most of 2011 with a string of ubiquitous Latin-flavored dance-pop/rap hits, Pitbull will receive the top honor at the 19th annual BMI Latin Awards on March 30 in Las Vegas.
The Cuban American rapper will receive the BMI President’s Award at the ceremony, which salutes the songwriters and publishers of the previous year’s most-performed Latin songs on radio and television in the U.S.
Pitbull, born Armando Christian Pérez, is being honored because he “distinctly and profoundly influenced the entertainment industry,” according to the organization. Previous honorees include Juanes, Kike Santander, Taylor Swift, Emilio and Gloria Estefan and Willie Nelson.
The BMI Latin Awards will also celebrate the Latin song, songwriter and publisher of the year.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Armando Christian Pérez, who is better known by his stage name Pitbull, performs at Power 106 radio's annual Cali Christmas concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre in 2010. Credit: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times.