Charley Pride is the first living recipient of the Ameripolitan Master Award.  The prestigious prize celebrates country artists who don’t “readily conform to the tastes of today’s ‘country’ or other music genres and organizations.”  Pride was presented the award during the third annual ceremony on February 16th in Austin, Texas.  The awards divide the country genre into four category generally overlooked by mainstream organizations: honky tonk, rockabilly, outlaw and western swing.