NMG member Talbott of Nashville wins Beat of the Week

Music writer Chris Talbott of Nashville, Tenn., won this week’s AP Beat of the Week award for an impressive string of entertainment beats, all in just a week.

A Guild member, Talbott scored the first interview with a member of the The Civil Wars since the Grammy-winning duo’s messy breakup last fall.

He then broke the news that Randy Travis had a stroke and emergency surgery while he was being treated for congestive heart failure caused by a viral illness. Talbott also got exclusive video  and the first comment from the singer’s doctor.

Next, Talbott got the scoop that tenor Placido Domingo was hospitalized in Spain with a pulmonary embolism. Naturally, Talbott also scored the first comment when the opera singer was released.

He also broke the news that country star Dierks Bentley would hold a benefit for the 19 firefighters killed in an Arizona wildfire.

Finally, Talbott was first to report about pop singer Beyonce’s moment of silence for Trayvon Martin after a Florida jury cleared George Zimmerman of all charges in the shooting death of the black teen.