Goodbye fete packs in senators, label reps, recording artists

WASHINGTON — Hilary Rosen left her post at the Recording Industry Assn. of America last week the same way she came in: tough and irreverent — with maybe a few more friends in high places and a Grammy to boot.

Charlie Palmer’s swanky steakhouse restaurant on Capitol Hill was packed to capacity the night of June 24 as a diverse crowd — senators, music label reps, recording artists, even former President Bill Clinton via video — bid Rosen farewell after nearly six years of fighting piracy.

UMG prexy Larry Kenswil, EMI CEO David Munns and Wayne Halper, secretary-treasurer for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, presented Rosen with a Grammy for her contributions.

“Hilary, we’re really pissed that you’re leaving,” Halper lamented.

“This is for the book I won’t be writing,” Rosen quipped, as she received her trophy.

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