Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, celebrated the year in country music with its 2015 BMI Country Awards, honoring the prolific songwriting career of BMI Icon Mac Davis, as well as the country songwriter, song and publisher of the year.
Davis, who was named this year’s BMI Icon, joined an elite list of songwriters who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” and was honored with a tribute from fellow musicians, Mac McAnally, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, and Little Big Town.
Rascal Flatts gave an electrifying performance of Davis’s hit “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me.” The tunes Davis wrote for Elvis got the crowd moving as Bryan sang the worldwide hit “A Little Less Conversation” and Little Big Town sang the soulful classic “In the Ghetto.”
Rodney Clawson was named Songwriter of the Year, with writing credits on seven of the most-performed songs of the past year, including Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids” and “Til It’s Gone,” Lady Antebellum’s “Bartender,” Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt,” Frankie Ballard’s “Helluva Life,” and Justin Moore’s “Lettin’ The Night Roll.”
Clawson is nominated for CMA Song of the Year with “American Kids.”
“Beat of the Music,” written by performer Brett Eldredge with Ross Copperman and Heather Morgan, won the coveted Song of the Year award.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville continued their winning streak of more than a decade, again taking home the Publisher of the Year accolade. Responsible for 26 of the 50 most-performed songs of the year, Sony/ATV published megahits such as Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic,” Eric Church’s “Give Me Back My Hometown,” Luke Bryan’s “I See You,” and many more.
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