Adele Named Music Biz's Artist of the Year

Adele performs during The 59th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 12, 2017 in Los Angeles.
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Adele performs during The 59th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 12, 2017 in Los Angeles. 

Adele's trophy room -- her bathroom, apparently -- is about to get more crowded. The Music Business Association (Music Biz) announced on Monday that the British juggernaut will be crowned artist of the year at the upcoming Music Biz 2017 conference.

The singer's third album, 25, has been certified Diamond by the RIAA for selling 10 million copies. She went five for five at last month's Grammy Awards, winning album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, pop vocal album, and pop solo performance.

“Adele is a once-in-a-lifetime talent who has clearly struck an indelible chord with music fans all around the world,” said James Donio, president of Music Biz. "Her accomplishments are unprecedented, from the record-shattering success of 25, to the glowing reviews and sold-out audiences for her massive world tour, to her Emmy-nominated TV special Adele Live in New York City."

Past recipients of the artist of the year award include Little Big Town, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Green Day.

The Music Biz 2017 conference will take place in Nashville on May 15-18. This year’s event will feature keynotes from Atlantic Records Group Chairman and COO Julie Greenwald, Spotify’s Global Head of Creator Services Troy Carter, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Music Agents Jeff Krones and Hunter Williams, Cracker Barrel’s VP of Marketing Don Hoffman, Universal Music Group’s Exec. VP of Content Strategy and Operations Barak Moffitt, and more to be announced.


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