Lori McKenna Becomes First Female to Win ACM Songwriter of the Year

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Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Lori McKenna just keeps making history. The GRAMMY-winning mother of five was recently the first female to ever be named ACM Songwriter of the Year.

As you probably know by now, McKenna wrote the smash hit, “Humble and Kind” all by herself at her kitchen table one morning. The tune also captured her second year in a row wins for Best Country Song at the GRAMMYs and CMA Song of the Year.

McKenna’s other big hits include “Girl Crush” and Hunter Hayes’ “I Want Crazy.” LIttle Big Town’s current single, “Happy People” was also written by McKenna.

McKenna was awarded the high honor on a night dedicated to songwriters in Las Vegas during the ACM Party For A Cause: Songwriter Showcase, Presented by ACM & AIMP. She performed “Girl Crush” and “Humble and Kind” as the other Songwriter of the Year nominees looked on.

Cam presented the award to McKenna after telling the crowd, “I really asked if I could do this part, because it’s really important…I don’t know if you guys know this, but it’s never actually gone to a woman.”