Each year, the PMSG presents its award for Best Essay in Popular Music Scholarship. This award recognizes a journal article or chapter in an edited collection of exceptional merit. It is open to scholars of any rank. The award is not limited to members of the PMSG, but the nomination must come from either a member in good standing or from the editor of the book/journal. We encourage self-nominations.
Nominations are solicited each year, and selected by an Award Committee consisting of PMSG members.
Previous Award Winners:
2020: Benjamin J. Harbert and Consuela Gaines, “Sounding Lockdown: Singing in Administrative Segregation at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women,” in Popular Music and the Politics of Hope: Queer and Feminist Interventions, edited by Susan Fast and Craig Jennex.
2019: David Blake, “‘Everybody Makes Up Folksongs’: Pete Seeger’s 1950s College Concerts and the Democratic Potential of Folk Music,” Journal of the Society for American Music.
2018: Nicolette Rohr, “Yeah yeah yeah: The Sixties Screamscape of Beatlemania,” Journal of Popular Music Studies.
2018 (Honorable mention): William Cheng, “Staging Overcoming: Narratives of Disability and Meritocracy in Reality Singing Competitions,” Journal of the Society for American Music.
2017: Darren Mueller, “The Ambassadorial LPs of Dizzy Gillespie: World Statesman and Dizzy in Greece,” Journal of the Society for American Music.