Katy Perry to Launch Her Own Record Label
Katy Perry to Launch Her Own Record Label

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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.

Lionel Richie Honored With NARM Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement

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."

Katy Perry Named NARM Artist of the Year

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.

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"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."

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Perry also made a business-related comment to her label during her acceptance speech, referring to the still-pending merger of Universal and EMI. When thanking the EMI team, she said, "Long live EMI -- you haven't taken us down yet, Universal!"

donio Katy Perry poses with NARM president Jim Donio. (Photo Courtesy: NARM)

lionel Lionel Richie poses with NARM board chairwoman Rachelle Friedman and his Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement. (Photo Courtesy: NARM)

universal Lionel Richie greets Universal Republic's Pat Monaco during the after party following the NARM Music Biz 2012 Awards Dinner. (Photo Courtesy: NARM)