The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Lyle Lovett with a coveted honor at the organization's country awards ceremony this year. The singer-songwriter-actor will be presented with ASCAP Creative Voice Award, which is only bestowed upon a select group of people that include Wyclef Jean, Green Day and Metallica.

"Lyle Lovett has forged a decades-long, award-winning career by committing to his own unique creative vision: in his songwriting, in his roles in film and television, and as a performer. He is often backed by his 'Large Band,' a musical collective that brings his singular fusion of American musical styles to life in grand fashion," says Paul Williams, ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board. "His passions also extend to advocating on behalf of his fellow music creators, and Lyle has often journeyed to Washington, D.C., to talk with legislators to help protect copyright. He is a musical hero in more ways than one, and we are thrilled to present him with the ASCAP Creative Voice Award."

The tunesmith will receive his prize during the 50th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, Oct. 29 in Nashville. The invitation-only gala will recognize the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed country songs from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012. As previously announced, songwriter Bob McDill will be bestowed the ASCAP Golden Note Award.

In addition, the 2012 Songwriter, Songwriter/Artist, Song and Publisher of the Year will be announced. The gala will also feature performances by the songwriters of the top five most performed songs of 2011, as well as those by special guests.

Watch Lyle Perform at the White House

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