The rapper is the first-ever recipient of this recognition

By Christian Holub
March 14, 2017 at 01:46 PM EDT
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Pitbull has long styled himself Mr. Worldwide, but now he’s finally getting official recognition for his globe-spanning achievements: The pop star (real name Armando Christian Perez) will receive the first-ever Global Ambassador Award at this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, to be held in New York June 15. Pitbull is the inaugural recipient of the award, which will not be given out annually, “but only when merited,” a press release clarifies.

“Pitbull’s success, creativity, tireless musical collaboration and his wide-ranging social activism make him the ideal songwriter-performer to initiate the SHOF Global Ambassador Award,” Songwriters Hall of Fame executives Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, and Linda Moran said in a statement.

The Miami-born artist has released nine studio albums total since debuting with M.I.A.M.I. in 2004. His tenth, titled Climate Change, drops Friday.

Previously announced inductees for this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony include Jay Z, Berry Gordy, and Max Martin, among others.