Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert and More Earn 2015 BMI Country Awards
Church and Gilbert were honored as writers of four of the most-performed songs of the year: "Give Me Back My Hometown" and "Talladega" and "Bottoms Up" and "Small Town Throwdown," respectively. A few of the other Top 50 most-performed songs are Keith Urban's "Somewhere in My Car" (written by Urban), Carrie Underwood's "Something in the Water" (written by Underwood) and Luke Bryan's "Roller Coaster" (written by Cole Swindell).
Rodney Clawson was named BMI's Songwriter of the Year. The tunesmith helped pen seven of the year's most-performed songs, including Kenny Chesney's "American Kids" and "'Til It's Gone," Florida Georgia Line's "Dirt" and Jason Aldean's "Burnin' It Down." Clawson is also nominated for Song of the Year at the 2015 CMA Awards, for "American Kids."
Additionally, Brett Eldredge's "Beat of the Music" was awarded the title of Song of the Year. The singer wrote the song with Ross Copperman and Heather Morgan.
Songwriter Mac Davis was named the 2015 BMI Icon winner. Among his most famous songs are "Texas in My Rearview Mirror," "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me" and Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation." A native of Lubbock, Texas, Davis also had a solo music career and is an actor and TV and radio personality.
"I also want to know how you wrote a lyric that tells a woman to shut her mouth," joked Bryan, who performed "A Little Less Conversation" in Davis' honor (quote via the New York Times). Mac McAnally, Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town also sang to help laud the writer.
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