It's Official: Nicki Minaj Joins Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' Tour
It's Official: Nicki Minaj Joins Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' Tour

Nicki Minaj is the latest artist announced for the upcoming NARM convention's award night; she will be named "Breakthrough Artist of the Year."

The convention, which runs May 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, will present the honor at the Award Dinner Finale, which takes place the last night of the convention.

Other honorees announced for this year's event include Brian Wilson for the Chairman's Award, American Idol for the Outstanding Achievement Award celebrating the show's 10th season; songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will be presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award for Musical Collaboration; and artist and advocate Annie Lennox for the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award.

Industry executives to be honored are John Marmaduke, chairman of the board, president & CEO of Hastings Entertainment, who will receive the Presidential Award for Sustained Executive Achievement; and Rachelle and Joe Friedman, founders of New York retail superstore J&R Music & Computer World, with the Independent Spirit Award.

During the convention NARM will stage an Entertainment & Technology Law Conference, a Townhall meeting for Artist Managers, and a Musical Celebration sponsored by UMGD.

Prior to the convention opening, NARM and A2IM will present a two-day crash course for industry novices, beginning on May 9.

In other NARM educational news, the trade organization and General Assembly, which helps tech start-up companies, are staging six classes in New York City beginning April 14 to help music/tech entrepreneurs bypass entry barriers into the music business.

The courses, presented under the name Music Start Up Academy, will share insight into the "core structure, legal framework, content deals, business models, and the "nuts n' bolts" of getting things done to build a legal, streamlined, and competitive music property."

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