George Strait to Receive ASCAP’s Highest Honor
George Strait is set to receive yet another high honor. The country legend will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award at a ceremony in Nashville in November.
The ASCAP Founders Award is the highest honor that ASCAP can give. It is reserved for songwriters and composers who have made especially groundbreaking contributions to music that inspire and influence their fellow writers. Each recipient is an innovator with a unique style that will influence subsequent generations.
Past recipients of the Founders Award include country musicians Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Emmylou Harris, as well as rock and pop artists like Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, James Taylor and more.
“George Strait is a living legend whose revitalization of classic country music defined a generation of country singers and continues to inspire songwriters today,” says ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. “He has topped the charts more often than any country artist in history, captivating millions while remaining true to his style and love of tradition. ‘King’ George is a genuine musical pioneer whose influence on country music is immeasurable, and we are honored to recognize his extraordinary career with the ASCAP Founders Award.”
Strait will receive the honor at the 51st Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, Nov. 4 at the Music City Center in Nashville.