From racking up hits to blockbuster films, Ludacris has earned enough cred for a place in both hip hop and Hollywood.
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) announced Tuesday (July 29) that the committee would be honoring the rapper/actor with the President's Award at the 2014 BMI R&B/ Hip-Hop Awards, known to recognize the songwriters, producers and publishers responsible for the genres' biggest songs of the year.
“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,” said Mike O’Neill, BMI President & CEO. “Christopher ‘Ludacris’ Bridges’ songs traverse boundaries and reach listeners of all genres, making him a global presence. Additionally, his philanthropic efforts go beyond measure with the work he does by way of his charitable organization, The Ludacris Foundation, making him a natural for the BMI President’s Award.”
His discography includes the sticky chart-toppers "My Chick Bad," "How Low" and "Southern Hospitality", which have nabbed him nine BMI Pop Awards and 13 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, not to mention three Grammys and over 19 million records sold in the U.S. and 7 million worldwide. His eighth studio effort Ludaversal, due this fall, is expected to add to his repertoire.
The accomplishments don't stop there. Ludacris has also earned prime real estate on the big screen with roles in flicks like Hustle & Flow and the famous franchise, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 and its upcoming finale Fast & Furious 7. He is also a judge on the ABC singing competition Rising Star and makes it rain in philanthropy with his Ludacris Foundation.
As the 2014 honoree, Luda joins an impressive list of talent including will.i.am, Adam Levine, Carlos Vives, Taylor Swift and Pitbull. The BMI ceremony will be held on Aug. 22 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.
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