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‘Music Row’ Selects Best of Music Row

Posted in News on May 11, 2005
BMI songwriters claimed the top prizes at the annual Music Row Awards (May 5), presented by the Nashville-based industry publication to recognize outstanding creative achievement.

Jon Randall, Wrensong Music's Ree Guyer Buchanan, Bill Anderson, BMI's Phil Graham, Vicky McGehee and John Rich.

Bill Anderson and Jon Randall collected Song of the Year honors for "Whiskey Lullaby," which is published by Wrensong Music and Sony/ATV Tree. Bill Anderson and Jon Randall collected Song of the Year honors for "Whiskey Lullaby," which is published by Mr. Bubba Music, Inc., Reynsong Publishing Corp., Sony/ATV Tree and Wha Ya Say Music. Vicky McGehee was named Breakthrough Writer of the Year on the strength of her hits "Holy Water" recorded by Big & Rich, and "When I Think About Cheating" by Gretchen Wilson. Sony artist Miranda Lambert, who just released the well-received album Kerosene, earned the Critics' Pick nod as best new artist.

Musician Top Ten All Star winners Jonathan Yudkin (fiddle), Justin Niebank (engineer), Shannon Forrest (drums), Wes Hightower (background vocals) and Steve Nathan (keyboards).

BMI affiliates Wes Hightower (background vocals), Justin Niebank (engineer) and Jonathan Yudkin (fiddle) were among those saluted as Musician Top Ten All-Stars.

Sherrill Blackman and David RossAlan Mayor and Music Row publisher David Ross.

Other industry winners included Sherrill Blackman, voted Best Nashville Songplugger for the second consecutive year, and photographer Alan Mayor, who received an Appreciation award for 20 years of great photos for Music Row.

The Nashville offices of the performing rights organizations alternate hosting duties for the Music Row Awards. This year's ceremony was staged at ASCAP.

photos by Alan Mayor