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

Entertainer Pitbull received the BMI President's Award and top industry songwriters and publishers were also recognized at the 19th annual BMI Latin Music Awards at the Encore Las Vegas on March 30.

Pitbull, known for his energetic musical anthems heard around the globe, was honored for his influence in the entertainment industry. The award was previously given to Juanes, Kike Santander, Taylor Swift, Willie Nelson and Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

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Pitbull was also recognized as the BMI Latin Songwriter of the Year. Also awarded the same prize in their respective genres was reggaeton act Juan Luis Morena Luna "Wisn," Llandel Veguilla Malavé "Yandel" and regional Mexican singer/songwriter Espinoza Paz.

Don't miss the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented by State Farm taking place April 23-26, 2012 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Miami. This year's conference includes Q&As with Pitbull and Jenni Rivera, the 2nd annual Latin Music Marketing Awards, and execs like Target VP of entertainment John Butcher and Univision radio president Jose Valle. Visit BillboardLatinConference.com for details.

"Niña De Mi Corazón" earned the BMI Latin Song of the Year for songwriter Horacio Palencia and Ferca Global Publishing; the song was recorded by La Arrolladora Banda El Limón.

Universal Music Publishing Group received the BMI Latin Publisher of the Year for a second time in a row based on 11 most performed songs.

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The awards show were hosted by BMI President and CEO Del Bryant and Delia Orjuela, BMI Vice President, Latin Music.

BMI represents Latin songwriters in the U.S. and around the world through reciprocal agreements with sister performing rights organizations in the songwriters' home countries. For a complete list of winners, go to bmi.com/latin.