|Pictured after the performance are Commonwealth Broadcasting COO Dale Thornhill, Commonwealth Broadcasting President & CEO Steve Newberry, BMI songwriter Bob DiPiero, Commonwealth Broadcasting's Vickie Newberry and BMI's Dan Spears.|
With literally hundreds of songs recorded over the last 20 years, DiPiero is one of Nashville's most celebrated tunesmiths, with 19 Top 10 hits -- 14 of them number ones, including Montgomery Gentry's "If You Ever Stop Loving Me." He's won 18 BMI Country Awards, including the 1995 Country Song of the Year for Neal McCoy's "Wink." He was named 1998's Songwriter of the Year at the Nashville Music Awards, and in both 1995 and 1996, he won the CMA Triple Play -- an award for having three No. 1 songs in a 12-month period -- for chartbusters including Faith Hill's "Take Me As I Am," Reba McEntire's "Till You Love Me," George Strait's "Blue Clear Sky" and Vince Gill's "Worlds Apart."