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How to Write a Song That’s Fun to Listen to—and Fun to Sing

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.19.18 When it was suggested I write about songs that are fun to sing, the jukebox in my brain instantly thought of “The Name Game” (recorded by Shirley Ellis, written by Lincoln Chase and Shirley Elliston). Anyone of a certain age remembers plugging his or her name into the… Read more...


Kenny Chesney Receives BMI President’s Award at the 2016 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 11.02.16 BMI proudly presented its 2016 BMI Country Awards last night, honoring the prolific songwriting career of BMI President’s Award winner Kenny Chesney, as well as the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year. The 64th annual event, which is the genre’s oldest awards ceremony, also celebrated the songwriters and… Read more...


BMI Writers Nominated for 71% of the 2013 ACM Awards

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From News, posted 2.26.13 Nominations for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards overwhelmingly show BMI writers at the top once again. The nominations include country music’s best established and emerging talent. Leading with seven nominations is BMI songwriter Eric Church, Hunter Hayes with six, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift each with five, Luke Bryan,… Read more...


BMI Country Music Leaders Poised to Sweep 2012 CMA Awards

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From News, posted 9.07.12 BMI’s country music songwriters and producers clinched the overwhelming majority of the 46th Annual CMA Awards nominations, announced September 5. In almost every category, four out of five of the nominees are BMI members, such as the Entertainer of the Year field, in which Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney… Read more...


Kenny Chesney Leads List of 2012 ACM Awards Nominees

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From News, posted 1.30.12 BMI songwriters and artists overwhelmingly dominate the list of 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards nominees, announced Thursday, January 26. BMI has historically represented the majority of country music’s leaders – from Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Porter Wagoner, to Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard – and a… Read more...


Bobby Braddock, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Sony/ATV & More Honored at 2011 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 11.09.11 BMI celebrated the songwriters and publishers behind country music’s most-performed songs of the past year during the 59th annual BMI Country Awards. BMI staged the event in its Nashville offices, located in the heart of Music Row, where behind-the-scenes hit-makers and center stage superstars came together to toast… Read more...


Kris Kristofferson, Taylor Swift, Bobby Pinson, and More Honored at 2009 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 11.11.09 The 57th Annual BMI Country Awards celebrated the genre’s top hit-makers tonight in Nashville. In addition to toasting the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed country songs from the BMI repertoire, the ceremony honored Kris Kristofferson as a BMI Icon; named Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” Song of… Read more...


Hank Williams, Jr., Taylor Swift, Casey Beathard, Sony/ATV Earn Top BMI Country Honors

From News, posted 11.11.08 The 56th Annual BMI Country Awards celebrated the genre’s elite Tuesday, November 11 at BMI’s Music Row offices in Nashville. Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville Jody Williams, the black-tie ceremony toasted the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50… Read more...


Jim Beavers Celebrates First No. 1 at BMI

From News, posted 3.17.08 BMI helped songwriter Jim Beavers toast his first no. 1 hit, "Watching Airplanes," Thursday, March 6 amidst a crowd of friends, peers and family. Recorded and co-produced by Bakersfield country-cool artist Gary Allan, co-written by Jonathan Singleton and co-produced by Mark Wright, the wistful tune resonated with a broad spectrum… Read more...


Willie Nelson, Jeffrey Steele, Sony/ATV Earn Top Honors at BMI Country Awards

From News, posted 11.07.07 Awards Honor Premier Songwriters and Publishers at BMI’s 55th Annual Ceremony The BMI Country Awards turned a spry 55 years old as they were held tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the performing right organization’s Music Row offices in Nashville. Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) - the first home for country music… Read more...


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