The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) held its annual Gold & Platinum Gala at Nashville’s City Winery.
In between awards, guests were treated to acoustic performances from some winners. RaeLynn performed her Gold-certified “Lonely Call,” while Cam gave a hair-raising rendition of her 3X multi-Platinum hit “Burning House.” Chris Young and Corey Crowder closed the show with Young’s multi-Platinum “Famous Friends.”
Throughout the night, NMPA honored 10 Gold, 15 Platinum and 27 multi-Platinum songwriters, including Rhett Akins, Ingrid Andress, Jimmy Robbins, Lauren Alaina, Tyler Hubbard, Laura Veltz and more.
As one of the most widely recognized measures of achievement in music, the Gold & Platinum program allows for the NMPA to certify songwriters of RIAA certified singles. RIAA counts both sales and on-demand streams towards its Gold (500K), Platinum (1M) and multi-Platinum (2M+) thresholds.
“Tonight is your night,” said NMPA President & CEO David Israelite to the room of songwriters, noting that since 2007, NMPA’s Gold & Platinum Program has awarded over 32,000 certifications.
“We are proud to honor the creatives. As everyone knows, the past few years have been turbulent, and we’ve never needed your music more. You’ve written songs that have gotten us through the good times and the tough times. They’ve created a lasting impact on our lives,” he said.
Israelite made sure to recognize Mitch Glazier and the RIAA, Kris Ahrend and The MLC, and Garrett Levin and DiMA. He loaded on the praise for NSAI and its leaders Bart Herbison and Jennifer Turnbow. “There is no one who does more for the songwriting community, not just in Nashville but in the world, than NSAI,” Israelite said.
Guests munched on BLT and pulled pork sandwiches, french fries, veal, smoked turkey, mac & cheese, salad, and a full dessert bar. Despite the nasty weather, the night was warm and full of fellowship.
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