The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) recently hosted its 54th Annual Awards in Nashville, where some of the biggest artists and songwriters gathered to celebrated the year’s most-performed songs.
The evening was also dedicated to paying tribute to an artist who helped shape and influence country music as we know it today– Ricky Skaggs.
The 14-time GRAMMY winner, was presented the ASCAP Founders Award, which is given to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators.
Before the awards, Skaggs told us he didn’t necessarily feel like an innovator but that he wanted to, “blend the country I learned with Emmylou [Harris] and tried to blend that with the bluegrass I had grown up with… tried to blend the two together somehow, try to come up with a hybrid that radio would play.”
During the show, Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson paid tribute to Skaggs by performing “Waitin’ for the Sun to Shine” and Garth Brooks played “Highway 40 Blues.” Peter Frampton and Gordon Kennedy also honored Skaggs by playing “My Cup Runneth Over.”