Pitbull to Headline Inaugural Latin Music Race
Pitbull to Headline Inaugural Latin Music Race

Pitbull, a permanent force on the Billboard charts in the past 24 months, will be honored with BMI's President's Award at the 19th annual BMI Latin Music Awards taking place March 30 at the Encore Wynn Las Vegas.

The awards will honor the BMI songwriters and publishers of the past year's most-performed Latin songs on U.S. radio and television. Awards will be given in multiple categories including Latin Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year.

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The President's Award, however, is given on "unique occasions when an individual songwriter or executive has distinctly and profoundly influenced the entertainment industry."

Pitbull-real name Armando Perez-has been a fixture on the Billboard charts for several years now with successive hits featuring a broad variety of acts-including Marc Anthony, T-Pain, Shakira, Marc Anthony and Usher-and spanning multiple genres.

For 2011 Pitbull landed at No. 8 on Billboard's year-end Hot 100 Artists chart and while his song "Give Me Everything" was No. 5 on the year-end Hot 100 Songs chart.

In the Latin realm alone, Pitbull topped Billboard's year-end Hot Latin Songs Artist chart.

Past President's Award winners include Taylor Swift, Emilio and Gloria Estefan and Willie Nelson.