Greg Thompson, Capitol Music Group EVP; Recording Industry Association of America Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman; Katy Perry.
PENN QUARTER --
The interior of the District's Verizon Center
might have been packed to the rafters last night with colorfully attired 'Katy Kats' and like minded fans of chart-topping recording artist Katy Perry
, but business casual still prevailed in at least one room backstage.
For it was in this room that executives from the Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA) and Capitol Records
had gathered to celebrate a historic achievement by the perennially popular 'California Gurl'.
Thanks to nearly two dozen smash hits featured on her last three albums, Perry has become the most successful digital act in the history of the RIAA's Gold & Platinum awards, the industry's premier program for celebrating artistic achievement in the marketplace.
Katy's career tally now encompasses 18 Gold, 16 Platinum, and 56 multi-Platinum Digital Single Awards, in addition to her 2x multi-Platinum album “Teenage Dream” and Platinum album “One Of The Boys.” All told, she has received over 72 million cumulative Digital Single certifications, which counts downloads and on-demand streams.
And RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman
, joined by Capitol Music Group EVP Greg Thompson
, were all smiles Wednesday evening as they presented Katy with the top award during a relaxed and intimate reception.
"Katy Perry is a force to be reckoned with in music,” said Sherman. "She embodies all that makes a true global superstar: the musical talent, the extraordinary drive and genuine charisma, and an intrinsic connection with her fans. This award is a reflection of her deep commitment to those qualities and to her music, which has propelled her to this historic milestone."
It was a much deserved honor that was earned, well, Unconditionally