On Friday, May 22, The 26th annual International Country Music Conference honored some of the top authors and journalists in the field of country music at Belmont University. The Belmont Book Award went to Patrick Huber for his book, Linthead Stomp: The Creation of Country Music in the Piedmont South.The University of Illinois Press received the Lifetime Achievement Award for their series, Music in American Life, which documented the place of music in American culture and the cultural life that gives rise to particular musical forms. Noted music journalists Alanna Nash and Barry Mazor both took home Charlie Lamb Journalism Awards. The Belmont Book Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and Charlie Lamb Awards were presented during a special noon luncheon, underwritten by the Mike Curb Family Foundation, in the Frist Lecture Hall at the Gordon E. Inman Center.
(l-r) James Akenson, ICMC; Charlie Lamb Journalism Award winner Barry Mazor; Belmont Book Award winner Patrick Huber; Shelby Singleton; Fred Foster; Charlie Lamb; Charlie Lamb Journalism Award winner Alanna Nash; Peggy and Gary Walker, endowers of the Charlie Lamb Awards; and Don Cusic, Belmont University.