Belmont Book Award Winner Named

May 29, 2014 — Leave a comment

On Friday, May 23 at the International Country Music Conference Robert Hilburn’s Johnny Cash: The Life was given The Belmont Book Award for the Best Book on Country Music.4276225

“I’m thrilled to receive the Belmont Book Award for Johnny Cash: The Life, because Belmont is a symbol of excellence throughout the music world, especially the country music world which Johnny Cash so deeply believed in and sought to honor,” Hilburn, who was not available for┬áthe conference, told Music Tomes. “I wanted to treat Johnny’s story with the seriousness and scholarship that someone applies to a statesman, not just an entertainer–and this award makes me think I fulfilled my goal.”

The award is announced each year at the conference held in Nashville and in addition to the prestige of the award, the prize carries a $1000 award.

“The winner is chosen by a blue ribbon panel of 4 judges,” says Don Cusic, chair of the Award. “We have a ‘rotating’ committee–it changes year to year–but they come from both the academic and ‘music biz’ community.”

Past winners include Diane Diekman, Barry Mazor, Patrick Huber, Holly George-Warren, and Alanna Nash, among others.

Eric Banister


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