AWARDS.

2019 Belmont Book Award

Brian Ward and Patrick Huber are honored with the Belmont University Country Music Book of the Year Award for A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record .

​2017 Awards

Tamara Saviano is the Honoree for the Belmont University Country Music Book of the Year Award. David Cantwell is the honoree for the Rolling Stone Chet Flippo Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism. Pictured Left to Right: James Akenson, Rolling Stone Editors Joe and Jon Freeman, David Cantwell, Tamara Saviano, and Don Cusic.

​2017 Belmont Book Award

Tamara Saviano was honored with the Belmont University Country Music Book of the Year Award for Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark.

​2016 Awards

Peter Guralnick is the honoree for the 2016 Belmont Country Music Book of the Year Award. Pete Finney is the honoree for the Rolling Stone Chet Flippo Excellence in Country Music Journalism Award. Pictured, left to right: James Akenson, Rolling Stone Nashville Editor Beville Dunkerly, Pete Finney, Michael Gray, and Don Cusic.

​2015 Awards

Barry Mazor is the honoree for the 2015 Belmont Country Music Book of the Year Award. Jewly Hight is the honoree for the Rolling Stone Chet Flippo Excellence in Country Music Journalism Award. Pictured left to right: James Akenson, Belmont Book Honoree Barry Mazor, Rolling Stone Chet Flippo Honoree Jewly Hight, Rolling Stone Country Senior Editor Beville Dunkerley, Don Cusic.

2016 Belmont Book Award

Peter Guralnick was honored with the 2016 Belmont University Country Music Book of the Year for his book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll published by Back Bay Books

2015 Belmont Book Award

Barry Mazor was honored with the 2015 Belmont University Country Music Book of the Year for his book Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music published by Chicago Review Press.

2014 Belmont Book Award

Robert Helman was honored with the 2014 Belmont University Country Music Book of the Year for his biography Johnny Cash: The Life published by Little Brown.

2013 Belmont Book Award

Diane Diekman was the 2013 Belmont University Country Music Book of the Year honoree for The Life of Marty Robbins: Twentieth Century Drifter published by the University of Illinois Press.

2018 Belmont Book Award

Holly Gleason was honored with the Belmont University Country Music Book of the Year Award for Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives. 

​2018 Awards

Marissa Moss is the honoree for the Rolling Stone Chet Flippo Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism.

​2019 Awards

Emily Yahr is the honoree for the Rolling Stone Chet Flippo Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism.

​2012 Charlie Lamb Awards

The Charlie Lamb Awards for Excellence in Country Music Journalism are awarded to two distinguished individuals each year. One award recognizes a noteworthy career while the other recognizes a special feature, series, or emerging body of work as the Contemporary category. Pictured left to right are Gary and Peggy Walker (sponsors of the Charlie Lamb Awards), Roni Stoneman (who assisted in presenting the Charlie Lamb Award), Contemporary Category honoree Alanna Nash (selected for her article in Vanity Fair about the legendary photograph of the kiss between Elvis and an unknown young woman), and Don Cusic. Not pictured is Rich Kienzle, winner in the Career Category, who could not be present.

​2011 Charlie Lamb Awards

The Charlie Lamb Awards for Excellence in Country Music Journalism are awarded to two distinguished individuals each year. One award recognizes a noteworthy career while the other recognizes a special feature, series, or emerging body of work as the Contemporary category. Pictured left to right are Peggy Walker, Frances Preston, Gary Walker, Contemporary Charlie Lamb Honoree Peter Cooper, Charlie Lamb, Career Charlie Lamb Honoree Colin Escott

2012 Belmont Book Award

The Belmont Book Award, given for the Best Book on country music. Pictured are James Akenson, Honoree Nate Gibson for his book The Starday Story: The House That Country Music Built, and Don Cusic.

2011 Belmont Book Award

Pictured are Don Cusic with Belmont Book Award winner Bar Biszick-Lockwood (Restless Giant: The Life and Times of Jean Aberbach & Hill and Range Songs) and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ralph Emery.

2010 Belmont Book Award

Don Cusic presents the 2010 Belmont Book Award to Barry Mazor (left) for his book Meeting Jimmie Rodgers.

​2010 Charlie Lamb Awards

Pictured left to right: Belmont Book Honoree Barry Mazor, James Akenson, Buzz Cason, Peggy Walker, Contemporary Charlie Lamb Honoree Derek Halsey, Charlie Lamb, Career Lamb Honoree Walt Trott, Dickey Lee, Gary Walker, Merle Russell, and Don Cusic.

​2009 Charlie Lamb Awards

Pictured left to right: James Akenson, ICMC; Barry Mazor, Charlie Lamb Journalism Award winner; Pat Huber, Belmont Book Award winner; Shelby Singleton; Fred Foster; Charlie Lamb; Alanna Nash, Charlie Lamb Journalism Award winner; Peggy and Gary Walker, endowers of the Charlie Lamb Awards; and Don Cusic, Belmont University.

2009 Belmont Book Award

Don Cusic presents the 2009 Belmont Book Award to Patrick Huber (right) for his book Linthead Stomp.

​2009 Lifetime Achievement Award

The University of Illinois Press received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for their series "Music in American Life." Pictured left to right: Judith McCullough, former editor at the University of Illinois Press; Don Cusic, Belmont University; and Laurie Matheson, current editor at the University of Illinois Press.

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