President and CEO of SoundExchange, Michael Huppe, presented Pitbull with the prestigious SoundExchange Digital Radio Award prior to his show at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, August 4, in recognition of his outstanding popularity on digital radio.
The rapper, who is the first Latin artist to receive this honor, has amassed over four billion performances on over 2,500 digital radio services nationwide from which SoundExchange receives payment.
“Pitbull has cultivated an enthusiastic global fan base that has embraced every release since his 2004 debut, ‘M.I.A.M.I’,” said Huppe. “Pitbull’s universal appeal and ability to comfortably and capably cross into numerous musical genres are the reasons his fans have streamed his recordings billions of times.”
“It’s an honor to receive the SoundExchange Digital Radio Award. I have to thank my fans and listeners around the world because without them, there is no Pitbull audience. Dale!” said Armando.