After an almost decade-long hiatus, the Nashville Music Awards rebooted this year to recognize the best in a city teeming with talent. Presented by Leadership Music and Next Big Nashville, the 2009 Nashville Music Awards were staged at the Cannery Ballroom on Wednesday, October 7—the first night of the Next Big Nashville music festival. BMI artists and songwriters swept the awards, winning in all but two of the categories, while BMI subsidiary Landmark Digital Services, LLC claimed the Innovator of the Year prize in honor of its BlueArrow Audio Recognition technology.
Taylor Swift earned three awards, including Artist, Songwriter-Artist, and Country Album of the Year, for her cross-genre record-breaker Fearless. Swift’s frequent collaborator Liz Rose also walked away with the Songwriter of the Year crown, underscoring Rose’s career-changing contributions and Swift’s distinctly Nashville-rooted rise to superstardom. Jack White garnered Instrumentalist of the Year, while Brooke Waggoner received the Next Big Nashville Award for the city’s most promising emerging artist.
In the genre-specific Album of the Year fields, Kings of Leon’s Only by the Night topped the pop/rock category, the Steeldrivers self-titled effort received top honors in the bluegrass field, Sarah Siskind’s Say It Louder bested those of her Americana peers, Jars of Clay’s The Long Fall Back to Earth garnered top gospel/contemporary Christian praise, and Take 6’s The Standard was voted best in the jazz/blues domain.
Rascal Flatts’ “Here Comes Goodbye” earned Music Video/Film of the Year, while another contemporary country trio, Lady Antebellum, earned the Best New Artist award. The acclaimed Fisk Jubilee Singers were honored with the Heritage Award, while late great Roy Orbison’s The Soul of Rock and Roll received Poster/Album Artwork/Packaging of the Year for the Latocki-Team Creative team.
The Innovator of the Year award is an acknowledgement not only of Landmark Digital’s accomplishments, but of its unmitigated potential as well. The company is reshaping expectations and capabilities of the music industry with BlueArrow, its unequalled, real-time audio recognition technology, which identifies songs, even in the midst of even exceedingly noisy environments, in about two seconds, with 99% accuracy. Find out more about how the technology works here.
To learn more about Landmark Digital Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of BMI, please visit landmarkdigital.com.
To learn more about the Nashville Music Awards, please visit nashvillemusicawards.com.
BMI NASHVILLE MUSIC AWARDS 2009 WINNERS
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
BEST NEW ARTIST
NEXT BIG NASHVILLE AWARD (Emerging Artist)
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
SONGWRITER-ARTIST OF THE YEAR
POSTER/ALBUM ARTWORK/PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
Roy Orbison, The Soul of Rock and Roll Boxed Set
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
MUSIC VIDEO/FILM OF THE YEAR
Rascal Flatts, “Here Comes Goodbye”
BLUEGRASS ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Steeldrivers, The Steeldrivers on Rounder Records
COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift, Fearless on Big Machine Records
AMERICANA ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Sarah Siskind, Say It Louder on Request/Thirty Tigers Records
GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Jars of Clay, The Long Fall Back to Earth on Gray Matters/Essential Records
JAZZ/BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Take 6, The Standard on Heads Up Records (Telarc)
POP/ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Kings of Leon, Only by the Night on RCA
Landmark Digital Services, LLC for BlueArrow Audio Recognition
The Fisk Jubilee Singers