This year, four legendary country music icons, Rosanne Cash, Mark James, Even Stevens and Craig Wiseman, were inducted into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The four new inductees were just a few of the honorees who were celebrated with songs and speeches at the Nashville Songwriters Association’s annual gala dinner. It was a special and emotional night for all involved.
“Look, I came here sleeping in a van. All I ever wanted to be was a songwriter. That’s my identity. That’s who I am,” Wiseman told the Tennessean. “When I get this [award], and it goes home, the Grammy and the CMA Awards, all of those things go to the side. This [award] goes dead center, because this is it.”
Cash told The Tennessean that she was particularly honored by her induction because she gets to join her father, late country music icon, Johnny Cash as one of the inductees.
“It makes me want to cry just to think about it,” Cash told The Tennessean. “It’s so special.”
Taylor Swift was also honored at the Gala for taking home the Songwriter/Artist of the Year award. This is her seventh time winning this award.
“There’s really no community that I respect or admire more than the songwriting community,” Swift said in a video message with The Tennessean. “I wouldn’t be where I [am] as an artist or a writer without the songwriters who taught me what it is to work hard.”
Rodney Clawson, whose songs have been sung by artist like Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line, was awarded the 2015 Songwriter of the Year trophy and Little Big Town‘s song “Girl Crush” won Song of the Year.
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