Alan Jackson + Songwriter Craig Wiseman Win Big at 2014 ASCAP Country Music Awards
The event took place at Nashville's Music City Center, and the two men received the ASCAP Heritage Award. The award was presented to Jackson for the honor of being the most-performed country music songwriter-artist of ASCAP's first 100 years, while Wiseman was ASCAP's most-performed country music songwriter of the past century.
Jackson recently celebrated his 56th birthday, but there's no stopping him anytime soon. He has sold over 80 million albums worldwide, nabbed 35 No. 1 hits and is known as one of the best songwriters in country music, and thus certainly deserving of this award. He'll kick off his Keepin' It Country Tour, celebrating his silver anniversary in country music, in 2015.
Wiseman, also named the NSAI Songwriter of the Decade in 2009, has penned songs recorded by country stars Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, LeAnn Rimes and many others. He has over 300 cuts and 100 singles to his name, with 21 No. 1 hits on radio charts.
In addition to Jackson and Wiseman's honors, songwriter Ashley Gorley was named Country Songwriter of the Year. He wrote eight of the most-performed country songs in 2013 and says of the honor, "[This year] is the pinnacle of my career. I'm sure it could get better and I could have more, but we've been unbelievably blessed. Songwriters have the mindset that all the songs we write could be No. 1 and the mindset that we don't know what we're doing."
Country singer Thomas Rhett's hit 'It Goes Like This,' written by Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Robbins, nabbed the award for Country Music Song of the Year.
"It's been a little nuts," admits Robbins, who boasted five No. 1 hits as a songwriter last year. "My joke is, last year I had to beg to get invited to this thing, so this year is a little better. I feel like I deserve to be here a little more."
Warner / Chappell Music Publishing won the Country Music Publisher of the Year award.