'Goth' Singer Comments on Universal-EMI Merger When Accepting Artist of the Year Nod
Katy Perry and Lionel Richie were big winners at the NARM Music Awards in Los Angeles Thursday night, which capped the annual music-business conference.
Richie, whose latest album "Tuskegee" skyrocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 a few weeks ago, took home the organization's Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement, and thanked his former bandmates while accepting his award, saying "without the Commodores I would not be me."
NARM's artist of the year was Perry, whose "Teenage Dream" album continued to generate hits more than a year after its summer 2010 release.
"Katy's music was absolutely everywhere over the past year, and her dominance of the singles charts is a nearly unprecedented accomplishment," said NARM chairman Jim Donio. "She has unquestionably blossomed into a true global superstar and has earned this award in every sense of the word."
Perry, who wore a self-described "goth" ensemble to the event, also made a business-related comment to her label during her acceptance speech, referring to the still-pending merger of Universal and EMI. "You haven't taken us down yet, Universal!" she said with a raised fist after receiving her award.