BMI announced today (Aug. 5) that it will not hold its 68th annual Country Awards as an in-person event this year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The company will instead celebrate the achievements of its country music songwriters and publishers with a special online tribute on BMI.com and across its social media channels. As in previous years, BMI will honor the Country Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Publisher of the Year and the 50 most-performed country songs of the previous year.
“While we would have loved to gather together for our annual tribute to the best in country music, it’s just not possible this year,” said Clay Bradley, VP, Creative, Nashville. “But as BMI always does, we will give our family of songwriters and publishers a special celebration to honor their achievements and their incredible songs, even during this unusual season. Now more than ever, music is a healing and inspiring force and we are grateful for all of our songwriters and their creative artistry.”
BMI plans to hold its Country Awards in-person in 2021, in the newly climate-controlled event space at the BMI Nashville offices.
Last year, artists and songwriters including Dwight Yoakam, Nicolle Galyon, and Ross Copperman were among those taking home top honors during the 2019 BMI Country Awards.
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