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Ludacris to Receive BMI President’s Award

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After 16 years in the game and achieving numerous hits, Ludacris will receive the President’s Award at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

The rapper and former radio personality will be given the prestigious award for his songwriting achievements and global influence.

“The President’s Award is bestowed to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in songwriting with profound global influence on culture and the entertainment industry,” explained Mike O’Neill, BMI’s President and CEO in a press release. “Christoper ‘Ludacris’ Bridges’ songs traverse boundaries and reach listeners of all genres, making him a global presence.”

The ‘Battle of the Sexes’ creator will be honored on Aug. 22, during the star-studded ceremony at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Catherine Brewton, BMI’s Vice President, couldn’t me more proud of Luda, especially since he’s from Atlanta.

“We are proud to be honoring Ludacris with our President’s Award,” she said. “He is a hometown hero to the city of Atlanta, who has had a remarkable career in music, film and television. His consistency in the industry, as well as his outreach in the community proves he is more than deserving of the BMI President’s Award.”

The 36-year-old rhymer is well-deserving of the award considering he’s sold more than 19 million records in the U.S., and 7 million internationally. Ludacris has earned three Grammy awards including one for ‘Yeah!’ and made a name for himself on the big screen, starring in films like ‘Crash’ and ‘2 Fast 2 Furious.’ He’s currently prepping the release of his eighth album ‘Ludaversal,’ set to arrive this fall, and will star in ‘Fast & Furious 7,’ opening in theaters in 2015.

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