As BMI's Patsy Bradley noted during the celebration for "Austin," it was a party of many firsts: the first #1 for songwriters David Kent and Kirsti Manna (heck, it was her first cut!), plus the first #1 for Blake Shelton (artist), Talbot Music Publishing (publisher), Bobby Braddock (producer) and Bradley (presenter).
Bobby Braddock, BMI's Patsy Bradley, David Kent, Talbot Music's Jana Talbot, Kirsti Manna, Blake Shelton, Warner Bros.'s Chris Palmer and BMI's Paul Corbin
Shelton was also congratulated for claiming the #1 position on both Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and Top Country Singles Sales chart, making him the first debut male country artist to own the top spot on both charts simultaneously. His self-titled debut album on Warner Bros. features 10 tracks, four of which he wrote.
BMI/Talbot writer Kent, who formerly toured and recorded with Hall & Oates, has had songs recorded by a variety of artists, including Martina McBride, Neal McCoy, Tracy Byrd, Mark Wills, Lari White, Emilio, Tim O'Brien and Riders In the Sky.
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photos by Beth Gwinn