ASCAP and BMI have announced the dates for their annual Country Awards banquets, which open a busy week that will culminate in the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards Thursday, Nov. 1.
ASCAP will host its 50th Annual Country Music Awards Monday, October 29 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. The invitation-only gala will honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs from April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012 and award the Country Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. Attendees will also be treated to live performances of the top five most performed songs of the year.
“We are very proud to honor the songwriters, publishers and artists behind Country music’s biggest hits. It truly is an honor to recognize the incredible achievements of our uniquely talented songwriting community,” said Marc Driskill, Vice President and General Manager, ASCAP Nashville.
The following day, Tuesday, October 30, BMI will host its 60th Annual BMI Country Awards at the company’s Music Row offices. In addition to saluting the 50 most-performed country songs in BMI’s repertoire, the invitation-only event will also name the Country Song, Songwriter, and Publisher of the Year.