Ashley Gorley Makes CMA Triple Play Awards History, 14 Other Writers Honored

Pictured (L-R): Sony/ATV Music Publishing President and CEO and CMA Board member Troy Tomlinson, Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Shane McAnally, Ashley Gorley, Brad Warren, Josh Osborne, Jesse Frasure, Brett Warren, Trevor Rosen, Ben Hayslip, Matthew Ramsey, Brad Tursi, Ross Copperman, and CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. Photos by Donn Jones Photography [Click photo to enlarge]

Ashley Gorley made history Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 20) during the CMA’s ninth annual Triple Play Awards, when he received three trophies for his whopping nine No. 1 songs, which brings his all-time total to 11 Triple Play Awards. The honors make Gorley the most-awarded Triple Play recipient of all time.

Shane McAnally was also recognized during the luncheon for his six chart-toppers, while Thomas Rhett and his father Rhett Akins both received honors as well, marking the first time a father and son received Triple Play Awards in a single year.

The private industry luncheon held at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works recognizes writers who have penned three No. 1 songs within a 12-month period based on the Country Aircheck, Billboard Country Airplay and Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. This year honored Rhett Akins, Ross CoppermanZach Crowell, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Ben Hayslip, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh OsborneMatthew Ramsey, Thomas Rhett, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi, Brad Warren, and Brett Warren.

Throughout the ceremony, videos recorded by each songwriter played before each award was presented, ranging from heartfelt congratulations to hilarious skits.

A special CMA Songwriters Series show featuring Copperman, McAnally and The Warren Brother took place Tuesday evening following the Triple Play Awards luncheon. McAnally hosted the event, and the four songwriters performed several of their hits for the crowd.

Rhett Akins
“Star Of The Show,” recorded by Thomas Rhett
“Dirt On My Boots,” recorded by Jon Pardi
“Small Town Boy,” recorded Dustin Lynch

Ross Copperman
“Wanna Be That Song,” recorded by Brett Eldredge
“Black,” recorded by Dierks Bentley
“If I Told You,” recorded by Darius Rucker

Zach Crowell
“Dirty Laundry,” recorded by Carrie Underwood
“Body Like A Back Road,” recorded by Sam Hunt
“Do I Make You Wanna,” recorded by Billy Currington

Jesse Frasure
“Dirt On My Boots,” recorded by Jon Pardi
“Road Less Traveled,” recorded by Lauren Alaina
“No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” recorded by Old Dominion

Ashley Gorley
“American Country Love Song,” recorded by Jake Owen
“Middle of a Memory,” recorded by Cole Swindell
“Dirty Laundry,” recorded by Carrie Underwood
“A Guy With a Girl,” recorded by Blake Shelton
“Today,” recorded by Brad Paisley
“Dirt On My Boots,” recorded by Jon Pardi
“Black,” recorded by Dierks Bentley
“Do I Make You Wanna,” recorded by Billy Currington
“Unforgettable,” recorded by Thomas Rhett

Ben Hayslip
“Mind Reader,” recorded by Dustin Lynch
“Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day,” recorded by Luke Bryan
“Star Of The Show,” recorded by Thomas Rhett

Sam Hunt
“Make You Miss Me”
“I Met a Girl,” recorded by William Michael Morgan
“Body Like A Back Road”

Shane McAnally
“Different For Girls,” recorded by Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
“I Met a Girl,” recorded by William Michael Morgan
“Body Like A Back Road,” recorded by Sam Hunt
“If I Told You,” recorded by Darius Rucker
“Drinkin’ Problem,” recorded by Midland
“Unforgettable,” recorded by Thomas Rhett

Josh Osborne
“Make You Miss Me,” recorded by Sam Hunt
“Setting the World On Fire,” recorded by Kenny Chesney featuring P!nk
“Body Like A Back Road,” recorded by Sam Hunt

Matthew Ramsey
“Make You Miss Me,” recorded by Sam Hunt
“Song for Another Time,” recorded by Old Dominion
“No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” recorded by Old Dominion

Thomas Rhett
“Die A Happy Man”
“Star Of The Show”
“Think A Little Less,” recorded by Michael Ray

Trevor Rosen
“I Met a Girl,” recorded by William Michael Morgan
“Song for Another Time,” recorded by Old Dominion
“No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” recorded by Old Dominion

Brad Tursi
“Song for Another Time,” recorded by Old Dominion
“No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” recorded by Old Dominion
“Light It Up,” recorded by Luke Bryan

Brad Warren & Brett Warren
“Lights Come On,” recorded by Jason Aldean
“Sober Saturday Night,” recorded by Chris Young featuring Vince Gill
“Every Time I Hear That Song,” recorded by Blake Shelton

 

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