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November 1, 2016

Kenny Chesney Receives BMI President’s Award at the 2016 BMI Country Awards

Keith Urban, Eric Church and Dean Dillon Pay Tribute to the Songwriting Legend

Ross Copperman, Sony/ATV Among Honorees at the Annual Event in Nashville

Congressman Doug Collins Receives BMI Champion Award

Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, presented its 2016 BMI Country Awards this evening, honoring the prolific songwriting career of BMI President’s Award winner Kenny Chesney, as well as the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year. The 64th annual event, which is the genre’s oldest awards ceremony, also celebrated the songwriters and publishers of the most-performed country songs of the past year. BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill hosted the ceremony at the Company’s office in Nashville, along with Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville.

Chesney, who was named this year’s BMI President’s Award winner, joined an elite list of songwriters across all genres including P!nk, Taylor Swift, Adam Levine, Willie Nelson, Brooks & Dunn and Gloria & Emilio Estefan. He was honored with a tribute concert from fellow songwriters and musicians, Keith Urban, Eric Church and Dean Dillon. The BMI President’s Award is presented to songwriters who have distinctly and profoundly influenced the entertainment industry. Chesney’s most performed single, “I Go Back,” was given a heartfelt performance by Urban, while Church treated the audience to the classic “Anything But Mine.” “The Tin Man,” Chesney’s first single, was performed by Dillon.

Ross Copperman was named Songwriter of the Year, with writing credits on seven of the most-performed songs of the past year, including Florida Georgia Line’s “Confession,” Billy Currington’s “Don’t It,” Brett Eldredge’s “Drunk on Your Love” and “Lose My Mind,” Keith Urban’s “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” A Thousand Horses’ “Smoke” and Luke Bryan’s “Strip It Down.”

“Die a Happy Man,” written by performer Thomas Rhett with BMI songwriter Sean Douglas and Joe London, won the coveted Song of the Year award. Published by Brodsky Spensive Publishing, Cricket On The Line, Eastman Pond Publishing, EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc., Music of BIG DEAL, Nice Life and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., the track was one of the most-performed country songs of the year.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville continued their incredible winning streak of more than a decade, again taking home the Publisher of the Year accolade. Responsible for 22 of the 50 most-performed songs of the year, Sony/ATV published megahits such as Cam’s “Burning House,” Cole Swindell’s “Let Me See Ya Girl,” Chesney’s “Wild Child,” and many more. During the ceremony, BMI also saluted the songwriters and publishers of the 50 most-performed country songs of the previous year. In addition, Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA-9) was presented with the BMI Champion Award for his tireless efforts to modernize the laws that protect songwriters and ensure that music creators are fairly compensated for their work.

For a complete list of 2016 BMI Country Awards winners, please visit http://www.bmi.com/news/entry/2016-bmi-country-awards

Photo and video footage can be accessed via the official EPK link early Wednesday morning: http://www.epklink.com/bmicountryawards2016

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BMI President’s Award winner Kenny Chesney onstage at the 64th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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President and CEO of BMI Michael O’Neill, singer-songwriter Ross Copperman, and Vice President of Writer-Publisher Relations Jody Williams attend the 64th Annual BMI Country awards on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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President and CEO of BMI Michael O’Neill, Lauren Gregory, singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett, Vice President of Writer-Publisher Relations Jody Williams attend the 64th Annual BMI Country awards on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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(L-R) President and CEO of BMI Michael O’Neill, singer-songwriter Maren Morris, and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI Jody Williams attend the 64th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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(L-R) President and CEO of BMI Michael O’Neill, singer-songwriter Granger Smith, and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI Jody Williams attend the 64th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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President and CEO of BMI Michael O’Neill, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay, and Vice President of Writer-Publisher Relations Jody Williams attend the 64th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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(L-R) President and CEO of BMI Michael O’Neill, singer-songwriter Luke Bryan, Caroline Boyer, and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI Jody Williams attend the 64th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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President and CEO of BMI Michael O’Neill, Singer-Songwriter Kenny Chesney and Vice President of Writer-Publisher Relations Jody Williams attend the 64th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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(L-R) President and CEO of BMI Michael O’Neill, singer-songwriter Chris Lane, and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI Jody Williams attend the 64th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Dean Dillon performs onstage at the 64th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Dean Dillon onstage at the 64th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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President and CEO of BMI Michael O’Neill, and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI Jody Williams present the President's Award to Kenny Chesney onstage at the 64th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Eric Church onstage at the 64th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Eric Church onstage at the 64th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Keith Urban performs onstage at the 64th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Singer-songwriter Cole Swindell attends the 64th Annual BMI Country awards on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Singer-songwriter Cam attends the 64th Annual BMI Country awards on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney attends the 64th Annual BMI Country awards on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney attends the 64th Annual BMI Country awards on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Singer-songwriter Brett Eldredge attends the 64th Annual BMI Country awards on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Singer-songwriter Dustin Lynch attends the 64th Annual BMI Country awards on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Michael Hobby of A Thousand Horses attends the 64th Annual BMI Country awards on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Singer-songwriter Lori McKenna attends the 64th Annual BMI Country awards on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Congressman Doug Collins and President and CEO of BMI Michael O’Neill attend the 64th Annual BMI Country awards on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Aubrie Sellers attends the 64th Annual BMI Country awards on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Brooke Eden attends the 64th Annual BMI Country awards on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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BMI’s Jody Williams poses with Publisher of the year Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville onstage at the 64th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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