Just so we don't focus entirely on the controversial Pioneer award, the following are the rest of the (North)
American Whiskey-related awards from MA this year:

Best Buys: Evan Williams & Very Old Barton BiB
American Whiskey of the Year: The entire BTAC
Canadian Whiskey of the Year: 40 Creek Confederation Oak
Industry Leader of the Year: Glencairn Crystal
Lifetime Achievement: Fritz Maytag, Angelo Lucchesi (and Evan Cattanach of Diageo)
And Distillery of the Year: Heaven Hill

Any thoughts?