Jo Walker Meador Lifetime Achievement Award 

Frances Williams Preston

WSM Radio, BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) She served as the President and CEO of BMI for 18 years before stepping down in 2004. Preston–who has been called “the most influential and powerful person in the country music business” by Esquire Magazine


Celia Froehlig

Hill & Range Music, Famous Music, EMI Music Publishing, Black River Music

Carol Phillips

Pro Sound, Combine Music Corp., Creative Workshop, Merit Music, HoriPro Entertainment Group

Sherytha Scaife

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Music Incorporated, Hall of Fame Recording Studios, Tennessee Music Publishing

Elizabeth (Liz) Thiels

Holder, Kennedy & Company, Exit/In, Sound Seventy Corporation, Network Ink, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Ruth Bland White

Strobels Music Shop, Zibart’s Record Store, Lyon-Healy Music, WSM Radio, October Records, Taylor and Wilson Music, Sounds of Nashville, Sound Factory Records, Porter Wagoner Productions, Reed Music, Inc., Howard White Music, Author

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