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Ed Sheeran, Nile Rodgers, Julia Michaels Among Honorees at Music Biz 2018

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Dilyn and John Radakovitz of Sacramento, Calif., will soon share a notable bill with Ed Sheeran. The couple and business partners (who run Dimple Records, a seven-store music retail chain), along with the “Shape of You” singer, are among the featured honorees and speakers at the Music Business Association Conference in Nashville May 14-17.

On May 15, five prominent women in the music business will participate in the conference session “Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out.” Taking part will be MAC Presents president Marcie Allen, Nielsen Music senior vp entertainment/GM of music Erin Crawford, Republic Records executive vp A&R Wendy Goldstein, Billboard senior correspondent Gail Mitchell and Wide-Eyed Entertainment owner/manager Beka Tischker.

On May 16, the Radakovitzes will receive the Indie Spirit Award for their family-run record-store chain during an awards breakfast. RIAA chairman/CEO Cary Sherman will be presented with the Presidential Award for outstanding executive achievement.

At an awards luncheon the following day, Sheeran will receive the Artist of the Year honor. Nile Rodgers will be presented with the Chairman’s Award for sustained artistic achievement; Julia Michaels will be honored with the Breakthrough Artist Award; and Luis Fonsi’s smash hit “Despacito” will be acknowledged with the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Also at the luncheon, manager Scooter Braun will receive the Humanitarian Award and be interviewed in a keynote session by Hilary Rosen, former head of the RIAA and a previous recipient of the trophy.

This article originally appeared in the May 5 issue of Billboard.

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