Recent Awards For Excellence Winners and Nominees

Recent Awards For Excellence Winners and Nominees

Each year we recognize individuals, duos and groups for the talents in promoting and preserving western music and poetry.

2021 Bill Wiley Award


Bernard Carr

2021 Hall of Fame Inductees


Ennio Morricone, Charles Starrett, Fred Scott, Les Bufham

Les Buffham

2021 Entertainer of the Year


Joni Harms

2021 Male Performer of the Year


Doug Figgs

2021 Female Performer of the Year


Kristyn Harris

2021 Songwriter of the Year


Dan McCorison

2021 Working Cowboy Song of the Year


Riding Night Hawk

Written by Tim Callaway, performed by Prairie Moon

Tim Callaway

2021 Song of the Year


Range of the Buffalo

Kerry Grombacher

2021 Duo or Group of the Year


The Cowboy Way

2021 Traditional Album of the Year


Me and Les

Dan McCorison

2021 Instrumentalist of the Year


Hailey Sandoz

2021 Radio DJ / Radio Program of the Year


Under Western Skies

Peter Bruce

2021 Male Poet of the Year


Floyd Beard

2021 Female Poet of the Year


A. K. Moss

2021 Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year


Horses Tails and Cow Trails

Floyd Beard

2021 Liz Masterson Crescendo Award


Jenna Thunborg Kacey Thunborg

2021 Curly Musgrave Silver Buckle Award


Susie Knight

2021 President's Award


Marsha Short

2021 Cowboy/Western Swing Album of the Year


Devil on My Tail 

The Hot Texas Swing Band

2021 Team Penning Contest


Dan McCorison Venessa Carpenter

2021 Poetry Contest


Lindy Simmons

2021 Western Wordsmith's Special Achievement Award


Four Aces & A Queen

Dale Page Dennis Russell Floyd Beard Terry Nash Valerie Beard

2021 Entertainer of the Year Nominees


Jim Jones Doug Figgs Joni Harms Kristyn Harris

2021 Male Performer of the Year Nominees


Randy Huston Jim Jones Doug Figgs Dan McCorison Carlos A. Washington

2021 Female Performer of the Year Nominees


Carol Markstrom Jean Prescott Joni Harms Kristyn Harris Lori Beth Brooke

2021 Working Cowboy Song of the Year Nominees


"Hooves of the Longhorns" written by Tim Callaway
:"Riding Out to Meet the Day" written by Dan McCorison & Les Buffham
"Riding Night Hawk" written by Tim Callaway
"Turn 'em Loose" written by Susie Knight
"Welcome to Wickenburg" written by Dan McCorison

Tim Callaway Dan McCorison Les Buffham Susie Knight

2021 Song of the Year Nominees


A Cowboy ‘Til I Die – written by Doug Figgs & Mariam Funke; recorded by The Cowboy Way
Frontier – written & recorded by Mary Kaye
Once Upon a Desert Night – written by Richard Elloyan; recorded by Richard Elloyan & Steve Wade
Range of the Buffalo – written & recorded by Kerry Grombacher
Welcome to Wickenburg – written by Dan McCorison & Les Buffham;  recorded by Dan McCorison

 

Mary Kaye Holt Mariam Funke Richard Elloyan Les Buffham Kerry Grombacher Doug Figgs Dan McCorison

2021 Duo or Group of the Year Nominees


3 Trails West

Allen & Jill (Kirkham)

The Cowboy Way

Hot Texas Swing Band

Notable Exceptions

2021 Instrumentalist of the Year Nominees


Ernie Martinez Mariam Funke Lori Beth Brooke Leah Sawyer Hailey Sandoz

2021 Radio DJ / Radio Program of the Year Nominees


Bobbi Jean Bell Doug Figgs Janice Brooks Judy James Peter Bruce

2021 Male Poet of the Year Nominees


Tom Swearingen Terry Nash Mark Munzert Floyd Beard Dennis Russell

2020


2020 Hall of Fame Inductees


Joni Harms, The Ranch Boys, Fred Howard & Nat Vincent, Nathan Howard "Jack" Thorp

Joni Harms

2020 Songwriter of the Year


Ron Christopher

Ron Christopher

2020 Working Cowboy Song of the Year


One More River to Cross

Brad Exton

Brad & Bonnie Exton

2020 Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year


They Come Prancin'

A.K. Moss

A. K. Moss

2020 Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year


Good Medicine - Read Two Poems and Call Me in the Morning

Doc Mehl

(tie)

Reflection

Tom Swearingen

Al Mehl Tom Swearingen

2020 Cowboy/Western Swing Album of the Year


Texas Star

Lori Beth Brooke

Lori Beth Brooke

2020 Songwriter of the Year Nominees


Susie Knight
Red Steagall
Kristyn Harris
Ron Christopher
Dawn Anita

Susie Knight Ron Christopher Red Steagall Kristyn Harris Dawn Anita Plumlee

2020 Working Cowboy Song of the Year Nominees


One More River to Cross - written by Brad Exton (recorded by The Ramblin' Rangers)
I Won't Have Far to Go - written by Trent Willmon (recorded by Red Steagall)
No Place Left to Go - written by Ron Christopher (recorded by Ron Christopher)
Turn 'Em Loose - written by Susie Knight (recorded by Susie Knight)
Hats Off to the Cowboy - written by Red Steagall & Joe Merrick (recorded by Red Steagall)

Ron Christopher Susie Knight Red Steagall

2020 Song of the Year Nominees


Hats Off to the Cowboy - written by Red Steagall & Joe Merrick (recorded by Red Steagall)
Welcome to Wickenburg - writte by Dan McCorison & Les Buffham (recorded by Dan McCorison)
Cows Around - written by Corb Lund (recorded by Kristyn Harris)
Soul of the West - written by Clint Bradley (recorded by Clint Bradley)
Old Range Cowboy - written by Christopher Harris, Jim Weber & Steve Thomas (recorded by Rodeo & Juliet)

2020 Traditional Album of the Year Nominees


Turn 'em Loose - Susie Knight
Rhythm Rides Again - The Hanson Family
New Songs of the West - Jim Schafer
Hats Off to the Cowboy - Red Steagall
One More River to Cross - The Ramblin' Rangers

2020 Western Swing Album of the Year Nominees


Little Bit of Texas - Carlos Washington
Ridin', Ropers and Rounders - Rusted Spurs West
Rhythm Rides Again - The Hanson Family
California Skies - Don Burnham
Texas Star - Lori Beth Brooke

Lori Beth Brooke Daniel Hanson Carlos A. Washington

2020 Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year Nominees


They Come Prancin’ – A.K. Moss
Born to Ponder – Sherl Cederburg
Language of the Land – Tom Swearingen
Snow on the Sage – Marleen Bussma
West Texas Heat – Teresa Burleson

A. K. Moss Marleen Bussma Sherl Cederburg Teresa Burleson Tom Swearingen

2020 Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year Nominees


Reflection – Tom Swearingen
Good Medicine – Al “Doc” Mehl

Al Mehl Tom Swearingen