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Wednesday, May 18 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Awards Luncheon

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Our favorite time of the year … recognizing career excellence and creativity in our industry with the prestigious Music Biz Awards! 

The event will kick off as we honor two of the year’s hottest new stars with Breakthrough Artist Awards – Astralwerks’ Halsey and MCA Nashville’s Sam Hunt. Halsey, an alternative singer/songwriter, recently sold out the iconic Madison Square Garden as a first-time headliner. Her critically-acclaimed debut album Badlands has been certified Gold, as well as her hit single ‘New Americana’. Hunt, a rising Country star, recently achieved double-Platinum status for his debut album, Montevallo. He has also score three consecutive chart-topping, Platinum-selling singles with “Leave the Night On,” “House Party,” and the double-Platinum “Take Your Time”.

The honorable Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award will be presented to the T.J. Martell Foundation in recognition of its four decades of peerless charitable and philanthropic contributions to leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research, among many other accomplishments. It will be accepted by T.J. Martell Foundation CEO Laura Heatherly and feature a video message from Founder and Chairman Tony Martell.

This year's prestigious Artist of the Year Award will be presented to chart-topping Country singing group Little Big Town. Founded in 1998, Little Big Town (consisting of Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jim Westbrook) has seen huge success with #1 singles “Pontoon,” “Tornado,” “Day Drinking,” and “Girl Crush,” which exploded in 2015. “Girl Crush” is their first Top 20 single on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and spent 13 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, breaking the record for longest-running #1 on the tally by a group of three or more members. The song won both ‘Single’ and ‘Song of the Year’ at the 2015 CMA Awards, as well as ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards. 

Pioneering powerpop band and 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick will close out the Music Biz Awards with the 2016 Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement. The band’s music has exploded around the world, leading to more than 40 international Gold and Platinum certifications, including the 3x Multi-Platinum live record Cheap Trick at Budokan and the Platinum albums In Color, Heaven Tonight, Dream Police, Lap of Luxury, and The Greatest Hits. 

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Fred Beteille

Head of Product Content Strategy, YouTube
As Head of Product Content Strategy at YouTube Music, Fred Beteille helps spearhead music, artist and rights management products and initiatives. Prior to joining YouTube, he was the COO of Google-acquired RightsFlow, overseeing the company’s licensing and royalty administration... Read More →
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James Donio

President, Music Business Association
James Donio is the President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz). Since taking the top role in 2004, Donio has evolved the organization from one primarily focused on physical product retailers to a more inclusive trade association that represents the full breadth of the... Read More →

Marshall Kurtz

Industry Solutions Architect, Dropbox

Wednesday May 18, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm CDT
Grand Ballroom