The Country Music Association presented its annual CMA Triple Play Awards on Wednesday, October 14, and the majority of honorees are BMI songwriters. Handed out during the Second Annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon, held at the Pinnacle at Symphony Place in Nashville, the Triple Play Awards celebrate songwriters and artist/songwriters who have penned three #1 singles in a 12-month period.
Carrie Underwood received two CMA Triple Play Awards for “Cowboy Casanova,” “Temporary Home,” and “Undo It,” and “So Small,” “All-American Girl,” and “Last Name,” all of which she also recorded. ”To all the writers in this room, you guys have the hardest job,” Underwood said. “I can stand up there all day and sing - and I love that - but you create something out of air. And that is so amazing. I have so much respect for you. I love you guys. Thank you so much. Maybe someday I’ll consider myself one of you, but I’ve got a long way to go.”
Taylor Swift’s Triple Play trophy recognized her chart-topping trio “Should’ve Said No,” “Love Story,” and “White Horse.” “I absolutely live in awe of all the people in this room,” Swift gushed. “I’ve had the time of my life knowing you over the years of writing with you. I think you guys just make other songwriters better.”
Keith Urban was also a Triple Play honoree, thanks to “Sweet Thing,” “Kiss A Girl,” and “Til Summer Comes Around.” “Thank you so much for this, CMA,” Urban said. “I guess the new phrase should be ‘God bless the girls and the boys who make the noise down on 16th Avenue.’ Thank you very much.”
“I’ve been a fan and a student of Country Music since I was a kid,” said honoree and frequent Zac Brown collaborator Wyatt Durrette. “To be up here and be in this room is truly a blessing. I still can’t believe I get to do this for a living.” Durrette was recognized for “Chicken Fried,” “Whatever It Is,” and “Toes,” all #1s for the Zac Brown Band. Brown, who was unable to attend the luncheon, was also a Triple Play winner.
Additional BMI CMA Triple Play honorees include Rhett Akins for “Gimmie That Girl,” “All About Tonight,” and “All Over Me”; Casey Beathard for “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” “Don’t Blink,” and “Ready, Set, Don’t Go”; Sugarland’s Kristian Bush for “All I Want To Do,” “Already Gone,” and “It Happens”; Dallas Davidson for “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “Gimmie That Girl,” and “Rain is a Good Thing”; Tom Douglas for “I Run to You,” “Southern Voice,” and “The House That Built Me”; Luke Laird for “Hillbilly Bone,” “Temporary Home,” and “Undo It”; Bobby Pinson for “All I Want To Do,” “She Never Cried In Front Of Me,” “Already Gone”; Stephony Smith for “How Was I To Know,” “It’s Your Love,” and “Perfect Love”; and Jeffrey Steele for “Love Is A Beautiful Thing,” “Everyday,” and “Here.”