Industry Honors

CMA Industry Honors and International Awards

Industry Honors

CMA Founding President’s Award (In Honor of Connie B. Gay, Formerly the Connie B. Gay Award)

This award was established by the board of directors in 1963. The award is given in recognition of that person (or persons) who is not currently serving as a director of the association, and who, in the board’s opinion, has rendered the most outstanding service to the Country Music Association in the current year.

2013 – Mayor Karl Dean

2005 – Blue County (Aaron Benward and Scott Reeves)

2004 – Terri Clark

2003 – Wynonna Judd

2002 – Brad Paisley

2001 – Mayor Bill Purcell

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2000 – Wayne Halper

1999 – Martina McBride

1998 – Pam Tillis

1997 – Trisha Yearwood

1996 – Marc Oswald

1995 – Cindy Wilson

1994 – Helen Farmer

1993 – Fred Rappoport

1992 – Jim Free

1991 – Bob Saporiti

1990 – Allen Brown

1989 – Michael Sukin

1988 – Ron Huntsman

1987 – Paul Conroy

1986 – Merrill Warner

1985 – Jim Halsey

1984 – Frank Mull

1983 – Mary Ann McCready

1982 – Bob Boatman

1981 – Roy Acuff

1980 – Charlie Daniels

1979 – Ben Smathers

1978 – Bob Tubert

1977 – Hal Cook

1976 – Roy Horton

1975 – Hubert Long (posthumously)

1974 – Jack Stapp

1973 – Frank Jones

1972 – Tex Ritter

1971 – Ken Nelson

1970 – Frank Clement

1969 – Johnny Cash

1968 – Owen Bradley

1967 – Gene Nash and LeRoy Van Dyke

1966 – Pack Ackerman

1965 – Robert J. Burton

1964 – Joe Allison

1963 – Richard Frank

CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award

The CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award is for an individual who has served as a humanitarian through community leadership, financial support, personal volunteerism and advocacy. The individual recognized has evidenced commitment to worthwhile causes that are important to the Country Music Association and the Country Music community.

2015 – Steve Turner

2014 – Kix Brooks

Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is for an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in Country Music.  The award recognizes an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales and public representation at the highest level. The artist receiving this award has positively impacted and contributed to the growth of the genre throughout a course of years that have proven to have an unprecedented and provides historical impact on fans and industry alike.

It is to be noted their presence will have a long-term positive impact on Country Music and CMA for generations to come.

2016 – Dolly Parton

2015 – Johnny Cash

2013 – Kenny Rogers

2012 – Willie Nelson

Pinnacle Award

This award recognizes an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence through concert performances and record sales at levels unique in Country Music.  The artist has also attained the highest degree of recognition within the broad expanse of music worldwide.  The artist’s talent and presence will have a long-term positive impact on the appreciation of Country Music for generations to come.

2016 – Kenny Chesney

2013 – Taylor Swift

2005 – Garth Brooks

Irving Waugh Award of Excellence

The Irving Waugh Award of Excellence is awarded to that individual who is the originator and caretaker of demonstrated ideas and actions that have dramatically broadened and improved Country Music’s influence on a national or international level for the benefit of the industry as a whole. It is the intention that these ideas and actions typically will have run a course of years and shall have a proven historical impact on Country Music.

2016 – Steve Buchanan and Donna Hilley

2014 – Vince Gill

2009 – Walter Miller

2003 – Johnny Cash

1991 – Jo Walker-Meador

1987 – Frances Preston

1983 – Irving Waugh

Joe Talbot Award

This award is presented in recognition of outstanding leadership and contributions to the preservation and advancement of Country Music’s values and tradition. The award may be presented to a person (living or deceased) in recognition of an initiative or long-term contribution deemed by the CMA Board of Directors to qualify for this award.

2015 – George Jones

2007 – Marty Stuart

2005 – Louise Scruggs

2004 – Janette Carter

2001 – Joe Talbot

CMA Media Achievement Award (Formerly Journalist Award)

The CMA Media Achievement Award was established to recognize outstanding achievements in the media as they relate to Country Music. Print and Internet journalists; columnists; authors; editors; television writers, producers and bookers; and syndicated radio reporters are eligible to win this award. Past recipients are eligible for nomination 5 years after they have last received the honor.

2016 – Beville Dunkerley & Joseph Hudak

2015 – Cindy Watts

2014 – Chuck Dauphin

2013 – Deborah Evans Price

2012 – Jennifer Meyer / Rey Sells

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2011 – Ashley Dvorkin

2010 – Beville Darden

2009 – Cynthia Sanz

2008 – Monica Escobedo

2007 – Storme Warren

2006 – Donna Hughes

2005 – Mark Bracco

2004 – Alanna Nash

2003 – Denis Quan

2002 – Jim Patterson

2001 – Harry Chapman

2000 – Neil Pond

1999 – Hazel Smith

1998 – Chet Flippo

1997 – Jay Orr

1996 – Tisi Aylward

1995 – Clay Smith

1994 – Judy Massa

1993 – Lynn Lester

1992 – Mark McEwen

1991 – No Award

1990 – Dick Heard

1989 – Bob Claypool

1988 – Bob Oermann

1987 – Dave Zimmerman

1986 – No Award

1985 – Red O’Donnell

1984 – Dolly Carlisle

1983 – Neil Hickey

1982 – Jack Hurst

International Awards

Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award

The Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award recognizes outstanding achievements by a Country Music artist signed outside of the United States. The artist must have furthered the popularity of Country Music as well as brought attention to the Country Music format in their foreign based territory.

2017 – The Shires, United Kingdom

2016 – Gord Bamford, Canada

2014 – Morgan Evans, Australia

2013 – Gord Bamford, Canada

2012 – Jasmine Rae, Australia

2011 – The McClymonts, Australia

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2010 – Tommy Emmanuel

2009 – Catherine Britt

2008 – Troy Cassar-Daley

2007 – Adam Harvey , Australia

2006 – Jason McCoy, Canada

2005 – Paul Brandt, Canada

2004 – Slim Dusty

2004 – Kasey Chambers, Australia

2003 – Lee Kernaghan, Australia

International Artist Achievement Award

Formerly the International Touring Artist Award, this award recognizes outstanding achievement by a US based artist who has demonstrated the most significant creative growth, development and promotion of the Country Music industry outside of the United States during the eligibility period.

2016 – Kacey Musgraves

2014 – Brad Paisley

2013 – Taylor Swift

2012 – Lady Antebellum

2011 – Brad Paisley

2009 – Taylor Swift

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2008 – Tie: Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn

2007 – Dwight Yoakam

2006 – Dixie Chicks

2005 – Keith Urban

2004 – Dolly Parton

2003 – Dixie Chicks

2002 – Bellamy Brothers

2001 – Lonestar

2000 – Reba McEntire

1999 – Shania Twain

1998 – Trisha Yearwood

1997 – The Mavericks

1996 – BR5 49

International Country Broadcaster Award

This Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a radio broadcaster outside the United States who has made important contributions for the development of Country Music in their country.  Up to three recipients may be named in any year. Each recipient must represent a different territory.

2017 – Bob Harris, United Kingdom

2016 – Paul McGuire, Canada

2014 – Ricky Ross, UK

2013 – Bob Harris, UK

2012 – David Burton, Australia

2012 – Takehisa Matsuda, Japan

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2012 – Lee Williams, UK

2011 – Ken Macleod, Scotland

2011 – Felicity Urquhart, Australia

2011 – Brian D’Arcy, Northern Ireland

2010 – Sandy Harsch, Ireland

2010 – Larry Cann, Australia

2010 – Alan Watkiss, UK

2009 – Grant Goldman, Australia

2009 – Casey Clarke, Canada

2009 – Brian Clough, UK

2008 – Pio McCann, Ireland

2008 – John Bond, Australia

2008 – Joe Fish, UK

2007 – Nick Erby, Australia

2007 – Jackie-Rae Greening, Canada

2007 – Georges Lang, France

2006 – Tim Rogers, UK

2006 – Ian Holland, Australia

2006 – Helen MacPherson, Scotland

2005 – The Odd Squad, Canada

2005 – Ray Hadley, Australia

2005 – Bryan Burnett, Scotland

2004 – Trevor Campbell, UK

2004 – Nikos Garavelas, Greece

2004 – Bob Harris, UK

2003 – Pat Geary, Scotland

2003 – Johnnie Walker, UK

2003 – John Laws, Australia

2002 – Stuart Cameron, UK

2002 – David Allan, UK

2001 – Nick Barraclough, UK

2001 – Gary Beattie, Australia

2001 – Bill Black, UK

2000 – Thomas Jeier, Germany

2000 – Korneliusz Pacuda, Poland

2000 – John Nutting, Australia

2000 – Dick Barrie, Scotland

1999 – Trevor Smith, The Outback Club, Australia

1999 – Dieter Vulpus and Bernd Schroeder, Germany

1999 – Country FM, the Netherlands

1998 – Ruud Hermans and Jan de Jong, the Netherlands

1998 – Lloyd Coles, Wales

1998 – Kirsten Helm Petersen, Denmark

1997 – Walter Fuchs, Germany

1997 – Nick Erby, Australia

1997 – John Laws, Australia

Jo Walker-Meador International Award

This Award Recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual in advocating and supporting Country Music’s marketing development in territories outside the United States.  Media Executives would be eligible if their involvement reached outside of their primary role, otherwise their eligibility for the Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award would exclude them.

International Talent Buyer / Promoter of the Year Award – Category eliminated in 2008, candidates are now eligible for the Jo Walker-Meador International Award

2016 – Jeff Walker, AristoMedia, USA

2014 – Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Label Group, USA

2013 – Jeff Walker, Aristo Media, USA

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2012 – Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Records, USA

2011 – Ralph Murphy, ASCAP, USA

2010 – John Lomax III, USA

2009 – Michael Chugg, Michael Chugg Entertainment, Australia

2008 – Mark Moffatt, USA

2007 – Heather Ostertag, FACTOR, Canada

2006 – Alan McBlane, Mcb3, UK

2005 – Greg Swain, Telstra, Australia

2004 – Jeff Green, R&R, USA

2003 – Meryl Gross, Australia

2002 – Sheila Hamilton, Canadian Country Music Association, Canada

2001 – Iain Snodgrass, Universal Music International, UK

2000 – Jeffrey Stothers, Gone Country Promotions

1999 – Sarah Brosmer & Kate Farmer, MCA Nashville & Universal International

1998 – Judy Seale, Refugee International

1997 – Barry Coburn, Ten Ten Management

1996 – Bob Saporiti, Warner/Reprise Records Nashville

1995 – CMT: Country Music Television

1994 – Trisha Walker-Cunningham, TWI

Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award

Recognizes outstanding achievements in the media, which contribute to the development of Country Music outside the United States. Radio, TV, print journalists, authors, editors, television writers, producers and PR companies who reside outside the United States are eligible to win this award. The award will be presented at CMA’s annual membership meeting, or at another appropriate place and time. The award does not have to be presented annually.

2017 – Richard Wootton, United Kingdom

2016 – Bob Harris, BBC, UK

2014 – Bob Shennan, BBC Radio 2, UK

2013 – Duncan Warwick, Country Music People, UK

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2012 – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2, UK

2011 – Marie Moloney, Richard Wootton Publicity, UK

2011 – Rineke Van Beek (posthumously)

2010 – Cheryl Byrnes, Australia

2009 – Al Booth, BBC Radio 2, UK

2008 – Roger Ryan, Ireland

2007 – Alan Cackett, UK

2006 – Tim Daley, CMC, Australia

2005 – Country Gazette, The Netherlands

2004 – Terry Wogan and Paul Walters, UK

2003 – Country Music People, UK

2002 – CMT, Canada

2001 – Howard Bowles, HSB Media, UK

2000 – Gill Robert, MusicCountry, Australia/Pacific Rim

1999 – Trevor Dann, BBC Music Entertainment, UK

1998 – The Midday Show, Australia

1997 – BBC Radio 2, UK

1996 – Mark Hagen, VH-1, UK

1995 – Georges Lang, RTL, Luxembourg

1994 – Avril MacRory, BBC Television, UK

1993 – Tony Byworth, Byworth Wootton, UK

1992 – Wally Whyton, BBC Radio 2, UK

1991 – Richard Wootton, Byworth Wootton, UK

1990 – Mark Cooper, BBC TV, UK