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2007 CMA Awards Honor BMI Veteran Songwriters Alongside Rising Stars

Posted in News on November 9, 2007

Carrie Underwood nailed the capstone atop another record year at the 2007 CMA Awards, held Wednesday, November 7 in Nashville. Underwood took home her second consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year win, while her delivery of the scorned women's anthem "Before He Cheats" earned the Single of the Year crown. Increasingly at ease in the glaring spotlight, Underwood displayed lucid poise on the live awards' telecast as she belted out her new single, "So Small."

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Bill Anderson
  • Jamey Johnson

Country Music Hall of Famer and inaugural BMI Icon Bill Anderson and retro honky tonk crooner turned hit songwriter Jamey Johnson shared Song of the Year honors for "Give It Away." A wry story song with a soft underbelly, "Give It Away" was recorded by fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member George Strait.

  • Sugarland
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Taylor Swift

A visibly elated Sugarland snagged their first Vocal Duo of the Year award, while Rascal Flatts took home Vocal Group of the Year bragging rights for the fifth consecutive year. 17 year-old Taylor Swift nabbed the Horizon Award - a fitting trophy marking the teenager's grin-inducing breakout year.

  • Jerry Douglas
  • Tim McGraw
  • Tony Brown

Musician of the Year went to dobro master Jerry Douglas, while Tim McGraw shared in the spoils of the Vocal Event of the Year award for his contribution to No. 1 hit "Find Out Who Your Friends Are." Elite producer Tony Brown also celebrated a big win, taking home the Album of the Year award for his production of It Just Comes Natural.

In 1958, CMA was the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music.  Its membership includes nearly 6,000 companies and music industry professionals around the globe.

2007 BMI CMA Winners

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Carrie Underwood

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Rascal Flatts

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Sugarland

HORIZON AWARD
Taylor Swift

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
It Just Comes Natural
Produced by Tony Brown
MCA Nashville

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
"Before He Cheats"
Carrie Underwood
19 Recordings Limited/Arista Records

SONG OF THE YEAR
"Give It Away"
Bill Anderson / Jamey Johnson
Sony/ATV Tree / EMI Blackwood / Run Slow Music

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Featuring Tim McGraw
"Find Out Who Your Friends Are"
Rocky Comfort Records/CO5

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Jerry Douglas - Dobro