The Country Music Association selected Belmont University senior Benjamin Kann as the recipient of the 2008 CMA Close Up Award of Merit. The award was created in 2007 to honor the student who demonstrated the most creativity, dedication and promise in covering the CMA Music Festival on assignment from CMA. Kann was presented the award during the backstage press conference coverage of the 2008 CMA Awards on Wed., Nov. 12 at the Sommet Center in Nashville.
Bob Doerschuk, editor of CMA Close Up, said, “Benjamin possesses a rare combination of writing talent, attention to detail, deadline discipline and initiative. Just as important, he brings an infectious enthusiasm to the job that makes him a joy to work with. Benjamin can look forward to a bright future in music or whatever business he chooses to pursue.”