BMI Writers Honored With ACM Nominations and Awards

Posted in News on April 14, 2015
Pictured (L-R): BMI songwriters Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan. 
Pictured (L-R): BMI songwriters Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan. 

Broadcast Music, Inc. writers were honored with nominations in nearly every category of the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards. Powerhouse Miranda Lambert has nominations in an astounding seven categories, including Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, while Luke Bryan has four nods, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Jason Aldean came in with an impressive three nominations, including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year. The winners will be announced during a live broadcast Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 8 p.m. on CBS. As always, the star-studded celebration is sure to feature performances by some of country music’s biggest names.

In addition to the nominees announcement,  the winners of the off-camera awards were recently announced, with BMI writers taking home many of the trophies. Luke Laird, a talented BMI writer who has penned hits for Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and more, won the Songwriter of the Year award. Producer of the Year was awarded to Jay Joyce, who has worked on albums for superstars including Little Big Town and Eric Church. Alabama, a pioneering country group, was honored with the Career Achievement Award, given to musicians whose career has advanced the country music genre. The Crystal Milestone Award, given to an industry leader for a specific achievement, was awarded to Loretta Lynn, in celebration of her 50th year in the country music industry. Luke Bryan received the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, designed to honor an artist with unprecedented individual achievement in the industry.  Given to an artist who contributes to the worldwide acceptance of country music, Eric Church earned the Jim Reeves International Award. The Poet’s Award was presented to Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, for their outstanding musical and lyrical contributions to country music. The STIO Recording Awards, awarded to top musicians, were also handed out, honoring many BMI writers and composers, including Drummer of the Year Greg Morrow, Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year Michael Rojas and Steel Guitar Player of the Year Dan Dugmore.
Congratulations to all of BMI’s nominees and winners!

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Florida Georgia Line

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line

Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year
Old Boots, New Dirt
Jason Aldean

Pain Killer
Little Big Town, Producer: Jay Joyce

Miranda Lambert

Dierks Bentley,* Producer: Ross Copperman

The Outsiders
Eric Church, Producer: Jay Joyce

Single Record of the Year
“American Kids”
Kenny Chesney, Producer: Kenny Chesney

Miranda Lambert

Florida Georgia Line

“Drunk on a Plane”
Dierks Bentley*, Producer: Ross Copperman

“I Don’t Dance”
Lee Brice, Producer: Lee Brice

Song of the Year
“American Kids”
Kenny Chesney, Songwriters: Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Publishers: Big Red Toe Music, Creative Nation Music, Farm Town Songs, Songs Of Universal, Inc., Twangin And Slangin Songs

Miranda Lambert, Songwriters: Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert, Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music, Inc., Pink Dog Publishing 

“Drink A Beer”
Luke Bryan, Songwriter: Jim Beavers, Publisher: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing

“Follow Your Arrow”
Kacey Musgraves, Songwriter: Kacey Musgraves, Publishers: 351 Music, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

“Give Me Back My Hometown”
Eric Church, Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Laird, Publishers: Creative Nation Music, Longer And Louder Music, Songs Of Universal, Inc., Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Twangin And Slangin Songs

Songwriter of the Year
Rodney Clawson
Luke Laird

Video of the Year
“American Kids”
Kenny Chesney

“Cop Car”
Keith Urban

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Glen Campbell

“Somethin’ Bad”
Miranda Lambert featuring Carrie Underwood

Vocal Event of the Year
“Lonely Tonight”
Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe, Producer: Scott Hendricks

“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill, Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw

“Somethin’ Bad”
Miranda Lambert featuring Carrie Underwood

“The South”
The Cadillac Three featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley* and Mike Eli,
Producer: Justin Niebank

“This Is How We Roll”
Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan

*not affiliated with BMI


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