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Birthday boy Pitbull receives key to the city of Miami

Pitbull had multiple reasons to celebrate turning 34 on Thursday (15Jan15) after the Mayor of Miami, Florida dedicated the day to the rapper and presented him with the key to the city.

The birthday boy, real name Armando Perez, spent the morning in the presence of city officials, including Governor Rick Scott and Mayor Tomas Regalado, who applauded the Fireball hitmaker's work in the community and thanked him for his continued efforts.

Declaring 15 January "Pitbull Day", Mayor Regalado told the crowd at the dedication ceremony, "We are so proud of Mr. Perez's commitment to his hometown. Both at home and internationally, Pitbull embodies the cultural richness and diversity that unites the residents of the City of Miami.

"Mr. 305 (Pitbull) is a beacon of inspiration for future generations. Pitbull is Miami."

The party-loving hip-hop star was then presented with a medal from Governor Scott, feting him as an Ambassador of The Arts for Florida.

He was also treated to a birthday cake at the event, which was also held to officially announce plans to expand Pitbull's public high school, the Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM) Academy, which is dedicated to Miami students eager to pursue careers in the athletics field.

Marking the occasion on Twitter.com, Pitbull writes, "Thank you Miami & Florida but most of all thank you (SLAM Academy) for the best bday (sic) ever!"

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