Pitbull at Latin American Music Awards: Build More Schools, Not Walls
Pitbull accepts the latin AMA Dick Clark achievement award at the Latin American Music Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Los Angeles.Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
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Pitbull delivered words of encouragement to Latinos and a rebuke of Trump's wall proposal as he was honored with the first-ever Latin AMA Dick Clark Achievement Award at Telemundo’s third annual Latin American Music Awards. The event paid tribute to the most influential and chart-topping Latinx recording artists in the music industry.
Mr. Worldwide, as Pitbull is also known, delivered a motivational acceptance speech where he not only reflected on his career and thanked a teacher, Hope Martinez, who believed in him, but reminded the crowd that “immigrants built the United States of America.” Pitbull's family immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba. He also gave a shout-out to the victims of the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean and U.S., the earthquakes in Mexico, the fires in California and the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
"For the folks that are helpless right now, I want to motivate them and inspire them to stay strong, to rebuild even stronger," Pitbull said in his acceptance speech. "All the way from Puerto Rico to Cuba, the Keys, Houston, the earthquakes in Mexico, may God bless the souls of those in Las Vegas and to all the fires that are happening right now in Northern California, this is the time you've got to take and really appreciate what life is about. Live life, don't let life live you."
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He also threw a jab at President Trump and the administration's policies.
"They should be building more schools instead of worried about building a wall," he said during the speech.
He then dedicated his award to all the soldiers fighting for the United States people to enjoy their freedom ending with his signature exclamation, "Dale!"
The award, presented to Pitbull by his friend, award-winning artist Enrique Iglesias, recognized a Latin artist who inspires humanity with his or her dedication to music and utilizes their platform to help those who need it most.
In September, when Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Pitbull lent his own private jet to transport cancer patients to New York to receive chemotherapy treatment.
Gracias al cantante @pitbull x prestar avión privado para trasladar pacientes de cáncer de PR a USA para q puedan tomar quimio @DeptSaludPR