Winners Revealed For 27th Annual ‘MusicRow’ Awards

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• June 23, 2015

MusicRow-AwardsThe 27th annual MusicRow Awards were presented today (June 23) during a ceremony at ASCAP’s Nashville offices. The awards event, led by MusicRow Publisher and Owner Sherod Robertson, honored the 2015 winners of Breakthrough Artist, Breakthrough Songwriter, Song of the Year and Producer of the Year. Additionally, Top Ten Album All-Star Musician Awards were presented to session players who performed on the most top ten albums during the eligibility period.

The MusicRow Awards are voted on by subscribed members of the publication.

27th Annual MusicRow Awards Winners

Category 1 
Producer of the Year—Jay Joyce (produced albums and/or tracks by Keith Urban, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Thomas Rhett, Brothers Osborne, Cage The Elephant, Halestorm)

Category 2
Breakthrough Songwriter—Michael Carter
 (Sony/ATV, with writing credits on “Get Me Some of That,” recorded by Thomas Rhett; “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” recorded by Cole Swindell; “Roller Coaster,” recorded by Luke Bryan)

Category 3
Song of the Year—“Girl Crush”
Writers: Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose; Publishers: Warner-Tamerlane, Songs of Crazy Girl, Songs of Universal, Hoodie, HillarodyRathbone, BMG; Recorded by Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville); Producer: Jay Joyce

Category 4
Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Sam Hunt (MCA Nashville)

Top 10 Album All-Star Musician Awards

Bass—Jimmie Lee Sloas
Drums— Greg Morrow
Engineer (tie)—Justin Niebank and Steve Marcantonio
Fiddle—Aubrey Haynie
Guitar—Ilya Toshinsky
Keyboards—Charles Judge
Steel—Russ Pahl
Vocals—Wes Hightower

Click to read exclusive event coverage by Bobby Karl.

MusicRow’s June/July 2015 print edition, available now, offers in-depth coverage of the award winners. The issue also features an interview with esteemed video producer Chandra LaPlume, an exploration of hologram technology, an article about Gary Allan‘s store The Label, and a look at new laws governing crowdfunding.

The MusicRow Awards is one of three annual events hosted by MusicRow Enterprises. The others include Rising Women on the Row and the CountryBreakout Awards.

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