12th Annual Music Row Awards Salute Top Musicians

Posted in News on June 11, 2000

BMI Nashville was the site of the 2000 Musician Awards, handed out by Music Row magazine to honor outstanding music creators who work behind-the-scenes. Credits from every album that appeared in the top 10 of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart - 47 in all -- during the eligibility period (May 1, 1999 through April 30, 2000) were tallied by the Music Row staff, with the person in each category who had been credited on the most albums getting the nod.

BMI Vice President Roger Sovine (l) and Music Row Publisher/Editor David Ross (r) congratulate Producer of the Year Byron Gallimore. The two-time honoree statistically had a No. 1 song on the Billboard charts one out of every three days during the past year; he also placed seven songs in the top-five and nine in the top-10. Four Gallimore cuts hit No.1, including "Please Remember Me," "Something Like That" and "My Best Friend" (all Tim McGraw), and "Breathe" (Faith Hill).

Perennial Music Row winner Brent Mason, who topped the Guitar category by appearing on 20 of the year's top 10 albums, shows off his trophy to Music Row reviewer Robert K. Oermann.

John Wesley Ryles accepts the award for Background Vocals (with 12 album credits) for the second consecutive year.

Photos by Alan Mayor


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