Reba McEntire and Maren Morris will both be receiving honors at this year’s Music Biz Awards. The event, part of the Music Business Association’s annual conference, will take place in Nashville on May 18th. McEntire will be receiving the Music Business Association’s 2017 Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement, in recognition of her long and successful music career. In 2017, the country icon released her first gospel album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, a double-disc collection that includes 10 of her favorite hymns and 10 contemporary Christian songs. McEntire will be the first female country artist to win the Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement since it was established in 1964.
Morris will be one of two artists receiving the Music Business Association’s Breakthrough Artist Award; the other is going to Danish pop act Lukas Graham. Morris’ debut album, Hero, was released last June and landed at the top of the Billboard country chart. She’s also received a number of CMA, Grammy and ACM nominations and wins.
Other artists who will be recognized during the 2017 Music Biz Awards include Adele, Paula Abdul and the original cast of the Broadway musical Hamilton.