ASCAP Award Winners [Updated w/ Most Performed Songs List]

Don Williams received ASCAP's prestigious Golden Note Award last night.

ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) hosted its 49th annual Country Music Awards last night (11/6) at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville.

The evening’s top honors were awarded to the following:

ASCAP Songwriter of the Year: Ben Hayslip
Hayslip scored his first Country Songwriter of the Year award. He wrote or co-wrote five of the most performed songs of the past year: “All About Tonight” (Blake Shelton), “All Over Me” (Josh Turner), “Farmer’s Daughter” (Rodney Atkins), “Gimmie That Girl” (Joe Nichols) and “The Shape I’m In” (Joe Nichols).

ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year: Brad Paisley
Paisley won this award for the second time. He has 27 ASCAP Most Performed Song awards, which includes three added last night with “Anything Like Me,” “This Is Country Music” and “Water.”

ASCAP Country Song of the Year: “The House That Built Me”
written by Allen Shamblin; published by Built On Rock

ASCAP Publisher of the Year: Sea Gayle Music
For the second consecutive year the ASCAP Country Publisher of the Year honors went to Sea Gayle Music who had six award-winning songs: “Anything Like Me,” “Come Back Song,” “This,” “This Ain’t Nothing,” “This Is Country Music” and “Water.” Presented to Sea Gayle Music’s Chris DuBois, Brad Paisley and Frank Rogers.

Handing out the honors were ASCAP CEO John A. LoFrumento, President and Chairman Paul Williams, VP and GM Nashville Marc Driskill, Executive VP Domestic Membership Randy Grimmett, and VP and Managing Executive Nashville Tim DuBois.

The writers of country music’s most performed songs of the period between April 2010 and March 2011 were honored. Thirty-six song honors were handed out, and the writers of the Top 5 performed their hits, including “All Over Me,” by Ben Hayslip and Josh Turner; “Gimmie That Girl,” by Ben Hayslip, Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson (recorded by Joe Nichols); “The House That Built Me,” by Allen Shamblin (recorded by Miranda Lambert); “The Man I Want To Be,” performed by Brett James, Tim Nichols and Chris Young; and “Roll With It,” by Tony Lane and Johnny Park (recorded by Easton Corbin). The show kicked off with reigning ASCAP Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year Dierks Bentley performing his current single, “Home.”

A special musical tribute saluted Don Williams, who was honored with ASCAP’s Golden Note Award.

The Civil Wars received the ASCAP Vanguard Award.

The ASCAP Global Impact Award honored Josh Kear, Big Yellow Dog Publishing and Darth Buddha for “Need You Now” (Lady Antebellum).

2011 ASCAP MOST PERFORMED SONGS 

Ain’t Back Yet
Recorded by Kenny Chesney
Writers: Chris Tompkins, Craig Wiseman
Publishers: Angel River Songs, Big Loud Shirt

All About Tonight
Recorded by Blake Shelton
Writer: Ben Hayslip
Publishers: Melissa’s Money Music, This Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

Anything Like Me
Recorded by Brad Paisley
Writers: Chris DuBois ,Brad Paisley, Dave Turnbull
Publishers: Full Circle Music, Sea Gayle Music, V Bulls Music

Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not
Recorded by Thompson Square
Writer: David Lee Murphy
Publishers: N2D Publishing, Old Desperadoes

Bullets In the Gun
Recorded by Toby Keith
Writer: Rivers Rutherford
Publishers: Memphianna, Universal Music Publishing

Come Back Song
Recorded by Darius Rucker
Writers: Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton
Publishers: Cadaja Publishing, Sea Gayle Music, Son Of A Miner Songs, Universal Music Publishing

Crazy Town
Recorded by Jason Aldean
Writer: Brett Jones
Publisher: Brett Jones Music

Farmer’s Daughter
Recorded by Rodney Atkins
Writer: Ben Hayslip
Publishers: Melissa’s Money Music, This Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

Gimmie That Girl
Recorded by Joe Nichols
Writer: Ben Hayslip
Publishers: Melissa’s Money Music, This Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

Hello World
Recorded by Lady Antebellum
Writer: Tony Lane
Publishers: Ed and Lucille Songs, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

How I Got To Be This Way
Recorded by Justin Moore
Writers: Rivers Rutherford, Jeremy Stover
Publishers: EMI Music Publishing, Memphisto Music, Songs Of Countrywood, Universal Music Publishing

I’m In
Recorded by Keith Urban
Writers: Radney Foster, Georgia Middleman
Publishers: On My Mind Music, St Julien Music, Universal Music Publishing

Our Kind Of Love
Recorded by Lady Antebellum
Writer: busbee
Publisher: BMG Chrysalis

Roll With It
Recorded by Easton Corbin
Writers: Tony Lane, Johnny Park
Publishers: Hornbuckle Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

She Won’t Be Lonely Long
Recorded by Clay Walker
Writer: Galen Griffin
Publisher: Mas Village Music

Smile
Recorded by Uncle Kracker
Writer: Jeremy Bose
Publishers: Meadowgreen Music Company, Vandelay Publishing

Somewhere With You
Recorded by Kenny Chesney
Writer: Shane McAnally
Publishers: Crazy Water Music Little Blue Egg

Stuck Like Glue
Recorded by Sugarland
Writer: Jennifer Nettles
Publisher: Jennifer Nettles Publishing

The Boys Of Fall
Recorded by Kenny Chesney
Writer: Dave Turnbull
Publishers: Full Circle Music, V Bulls Music

The House That Built Me
Recorded by Miranda Lambert
Writer: Allen Shamblin
Publisher: Built On Rock

The Man I Want To Be
Recorded by Chris Young
Writer: Brett James
Publishers: BMG Chrysalis, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

The Shape I’m In
Recorded by Joe Nichols
Writer: Ben Hayslip
Publishers: Melissa’s Money Music, This Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

This
Recorded by Darius Rucker
Writers: Frank Rogers, Darius Rucker
Publishers: Cadaja Publishing, Sea Gayle Music, Universal Music Publishing

This Ain’t No Love Song
Recorded by Trace Adkins
Writers: Tony Lane, Marcel
Publishers: Chaggy Buss Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing

This Ain’t Nothing
Recorded by Craig Morgan
Writers: Chris DuBois, Kerry Kurt Phillips
Publishers: Full Circle Music, Sea Gayle Music

This Is Country Music
Recorded by Brad Paisley
Writers: Chris DuBois, Brad Paisley
Publisher: Sea Gayle Music

Turn On The Radio
Recorded by Reba
Writers: Cherie Oakley, Mark Oakley, J.P. Twang
Publishers: Cherie Armour Music, Flat Earth Music, Ten Ten Music

Unstoppable
Recorded by Rascal Flatts
Writer: Hillary Lindsey
Publishers: BMG/Chrysalis, Raylene Music

Voices
Recorded by Chris Young
Writers: Chris Tompkins, Craig Wiseman, Chris Young
Publishers: Big Loud Shirt, EMI Music Publishing, Runnin’ Behind Music

Water
Recorded by Brad Paisley
Writers: Chris DuBois, Kelley Lovelace, Brad Paisley
Pubishers: Didn’t Have To Be Music, EMI Music Publishing, Sea Gayle Music

Way Out Here
Recorded by Josh Thompson
Writer: David Lee Murphy
Publishers: N2D Publishing, Old Desperadoes

Who Are You When I’m Not Looking
Recorded by Blake Shelton
Writer: Earl Bud Lee
Publisher: We’re Working Music

Why Wait
Recorded by Rascal Flatts
Writer: Neil Thrasher
Publishers: BMG Chrysalis, Feet In The Creek Music

Wildflower
Recorded by JaneDear Girls
Writer: Jeremy Stover
Publishers: EMI Music Publishing, Songs Of Countrywood

Wrong Baby Wrong
Recorded by Martina McBride
Writers: Stephen Barker Liles, Robert Ellis Orrall
Publishers: EMI Music Publishing, It’s A Birthday Party Publishing, Orrall Fixation Music, Rockapop Music, Ten Ten Music

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