Songwriters of the Year: Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson
Frances W. Preston Award (Country Song of the Year): “All Over Me,” Davidson and Akins; publishers EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc., Rhettneck Music, String Stretcher Music; recorded by Josh Turner
Publisher of the Year: Sony/ATV
BMI Icon: Bobby Braddock
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Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) celebrated the songwriters and publishers behind country music’s most-performed songs of the past year during last night’s (11/8) 59th annual BMI Country Awards, staged at the organization’s Nashville offices.
Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson shared the Songwriter of the Year crown. The frequent collaborators co-wrote four of the year’s most-performed songs: “All About Tonight” (Blake Shelton), “All Over Me” (Josh Turner), “Gimmie That Girl” (Joe Nichols) and “The Shape I’m In” (Joe Nichols). Individually, Akins’ “Farmer’s Daughter” (Rodney Atkins) and Davidson’s “Rain Is a Good Thing” (Luke Bryan) also made the list.
“All Over Me” also earned Song of the Year honors for Davidson and Akins, as well as publishers EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc., Rhettneck Music, and String Stretcher Music.
In a surprise announcement, the BMI Country Song of the Year award was rechristened the Frances W. Preston Award in honor of the legendary former BMI President & CEO.
With 15 songs among the year’s most performed, powerhouse Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville scored its tenth consecutive Publisher of the Year win.
Bobby Braddock was saluted as a BMI songwriting Icon. Braddock is the master craftsman behind staples including “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “People Are Crazy,” “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” “I Wanna Talk About Me,” “Old Flames Have New Names,” “Golden Ring,” “Time Marches On” and more. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Braddock is the only living songwriter to have penned chart-toppers in five consecutive decades. Taking the stage to perform some of Braddock’s classics were Pistol Annies, Blake Shelton, John Anderson, LeAnn Rimes and Vince Gill.
BMI President & CEO Del Bryant hosted the show with Jody Williams, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville; and Clay Bradley, Assistant Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville.