PRESTONSBURG Landau Eugene Murphy Jr continues to rack up awards with top vocalist honor Saturday in Kentucky.
The native Logan Countian, and season six winner of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” received the “Top Male Vocalist” award during the third annual Appalachian Arts and Entertainment Awards in Prestonsburg.
Celebrating art, artisans, educators and more, the "Appy" awards ceremony was conducted at the Mountain Arts Center.
Appys Co-Host and WYMT television anchor Lacey Roberts said the awards deserve to be more widespread.
"We’re working on it," Roberts said, "it’s only the third year, but it’s going to get bigger and better each and every year.”
“Arts and culture and music and all that is so entrenched in everybody in Appalachia. So, now we have the time to show that off and we really want to showcase that,” said MAC Executive Director Joe Campbell.
Landau accepted the award in person and was accompanied by his son Logan Eli.
Murphy is no stranger to recognition for his amazingly soulful Sinatra-like voice. Mr. Murphy is a past winner of the Reality Television Personality of the Year Award and has been nominated Best New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards. Murphy has received the United States Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Men in America Award, the Spirit Award from the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame and was named West Virginian of the Year by the Charleston Gazette.