The National Music Publishers’ Association’s (NMPA) Gold & Platinum program celebrated over 70 songwriters and publishers last night (Oct. 19) with the second annual gala, now at City Winery in Nashville. Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum honorees included Josh Osborne, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, busbee, Brett James.
Launched in 2007, in partnership with the RIAA’s Gold & Platinum Program, the NMPA Gold & Platinum Program identifies and certifies the songwriters and publishers of RIAA-certified singles. RIAA counts both sales and on-demand streams.
During the evening, songwriters CJ Solar, Brad Clawson and Michael Hardy performed “Up Down” by Morgan Wallen, while Corey Crowder and Josh Hoge played their multi-Platinum hit “I’m Comin’ Over,” made famous by Chris Young. The NMPA announced three top honors during the evening as well: Top Songwriter, Top Publisher and the Platinum Anthem Award for the top certified song released in the past year.
The Top Songwriter of the year was Shane McAnally, who earned a whopping eighteen certifications for hits “Body Like A Back Road,” “Take Your Time,” “Drinkin’ Problem,” and “Unforgettable.” McAnally was out of town so his husband, and SMACK Co-Owner/President Michael McAnally Baum, accepted on his behalf.
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing took Top Publisher honors, earning 99 total certifications- 26 multi-Platinum, 26 Platinum, and 48 Gold. Warner/Chappell Nashville President Ben Vaughn and his team accepted the award.
The Platinum Anthem Award went to the monster hit “Meant To Be,” written by Bebe Rexha, Tyler Hubbard, Josh Miller and David Garcia. Songwriter Josh Miller accepted the award along with his publisher Cornman Music’s General Manager and VP of Creative, Nate Lowery.
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