Among the BMI-affiliated winners were "Critics' Pick" Buddy Jewell and "Breakthrough Songwriter" Don Rollins, along with co-writer Jim Brown ("It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere"). BMI writer/artist Craig Morgan collected "Song of the Year" honors for "Almost Home," which he co-wrote with Kerry Kurt Phillips; the award is given to recognize the craft of songwriting, not necessarily chart position.
Music Row's Susana Ross and "Best Nashville Songplugger" Sherrill Blackman of SDB Music Group
|Buddy Jewell with Music Row reviewer Robert K. Oermann|
Jim Brown, Music Row's David Ross, Don Rollins
BMI's Paul Corbin, manager Faith Quisenberry, Craig Morgan and BMI's Harry Warner
Photos by Alan Mayor