Daniels, whose hits include the Grammy Award-winning Southern rock classic "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," will be honored for his "enduring influence on generations of music makers." He joins a distinguished list of BMI Icons that includes country songwriter/artists Loretta Lynn, Bill Anderson and Dolly Parton; legendary musicians Brian Wilson, Carlos Santana and Paul Simon; r&b legends James Brown, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Isaac Hayes and Al Green; blues/rock/soul artist Van Morrison, Motown songwriting trio Holland-Dozier-Holland; and funk/r&b group Charlie Wilson and The Gap Band.
Skilled on guitar, fiddle and mandolin, the Wilmington, North Carolina-native moved to Nashville in 1969 to find work as a session guitarist. He contributed to recordings for artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Al Kooper, Flatt and Scruggs, Ringo Starr, Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins. Some of his many hits as a recording artist include "Uneasy Rider," "Long Haired Country Boy" and "The South's Gonna Do It Again," which won a BMI Country Award in 1976.
His signature song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which has more than three million broadcast performances, earned Daniels a BMI Pop Award in 1979 and a BMI Country Award in 1980. The platinum-selling single also topped both the country and pop charts, won a Best Country Vocal Performance Grammy, earned three Country Music Association Awards, propelled his Million Mile Reflections album to triple platinum status, and became the cornerstone of the soundtrack to the hit movie Urban Cowboy.
Other BMI Country Award winning songs in Daniels' catalog include "Wichita Jail" (1977), "Mississippi" (1980), "Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye" (1987) and "In America" (1981), which also earned a Pop Award in 1980.