Cuban rapper Pitbull was the big star of the 19th edition of the BMI awards in Latin music.

At the awards on Friday, Pitbull received the BMI President's Award in recognition of his influence on the entertainment industry, the organization said.

The awards gala was held at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas and served as an opportunity to recognize the work of songwriters and recording studios for the success of their musical creations in 2011.

Pitbull, who performed at the ceremony, also received the BMI award for songwriter of the year, a recognition he shared with Juan Luis Morena Luna "Wisin," Llandel Veguilla Malave "Yandel" and Espinoza Paz.

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"Niña de mi corazon," recorded by La Arrolladora Banda El Limon, was selected as the BMI Latin song of the year with the award going to songwriter Horacio Palencia.

Universal Music Publishing Group won its second consecutive BMI Latin Publisher of the Year award for having 11 songs on the list of the most widely-performed numbers of 2011.

Before Pitbull, the BMI President's Award had been presented to such artists as Juanes, Kike Santander, Taylor Swift, Emilio and Gloria Estefan and Willie Nelson.

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