Broadcast Music, Inc. will honor singer-songwriter John Prine with the Troubadour Award at a private dinner held at BMI’s Nashville office on Monday, Sept. 10. The Troubadour Award celebrates songwriters who have made a lasting impact on the songwriting community. The award, given only once previously, honors writers who craft for the sake of the song and set the pace for generations of songwriters who will follow.
“For a couple of generations of songwriters John Prine’s music set the bar,” says Jody Williams, VP, Creative, Nashville. “Sometimes serious, sometimes humorous, but always poignant, his songs paint vivid pictures of unforgettable characters.”
Prine is a renowned songwriter and two-time Grammy-winner. He is a Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member and a PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient whose classic debut album, John Prine, is recognized as part of the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Hall of Fame; his songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, as well as many others.
His new, critically-acclaimed album, The Tree of Forgiveness, recently debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart with over 54,000 equivalent albums sold in its first week—a career high chart position and sales week for the legendary singer, songwriter and performer. The album also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart, No. 2 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and No. 2 on Billboard’s Rock Albums chart. Released on his own independent label, Oh Boy Records, the album is Prine’s first album featuring new material in over 13 years and was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Dave Cobb.
The private event will feature tribute performances and guest speakers. The event also serves as a homecoming for BMI’s Americana family of artists.
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