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November 14, 2018

Steve Cropper Receives BMI Icon Award at 2018 BMI Country Awards

John Legend, Luke Combs, Maggie Rose, and Lucie Silvas with Mike Farris and Kenny Greenberg Pay Tribute to the Musician and Songwriting Legend
Jesse Frasure, Warner Tamerlane Music Publishing Among Honorees at the Annual Event in Nashville

NASHVILLE, November 14, 2018 – BMI®, the global leader in music rights management, presented its 2018 BMI Country Awards this evening, honoring the prolific musical career of BMI Icon Award recipient Steve Cropper, as well as the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year. The 66^th^ 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, Creative, Nashville. 

Cropper, who was named this year’s BMI Icon Award honoree, joins an elite list of songwriters including Mac Davis, Dolly Parton, Bob DiPiero, Vince Gill, Hank Williams, Jr., Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and others who have distinctly and profoundly influenced the music industry. During the evening, heavy-hitter John Legend, CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Luke Combs, up-and-comer Maggie Rose, and Lucie Silvas with blues musician Mike Farris and guitarist Kenny Greenberg paid musical tribute to Cropper. Silvas, Farris, and Greenberg together gave a rocking mashup of “Soul Man” and “Hold On, I’m Comin’,” honoring both Cropper’s extraordinary guitar prowess and his musical contribution to the American classics. Maggie Rose gave a powerful performance of “In the Midnight Hour,” followed by Luke Combs’ rendition of “Knock on Wood.” Finally, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend brought the house down with “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.”

In addition to Cropper’s Icon Award, Jesse Frasure was named 2018’s Country Songwriter of the Year. His writing credits include five of the most-performed songs of the past year, including Thomas Rhett’s “Marry Me” and “Unforgettable,” Easton Corbin’s “A Girl Like You,” Old Dominion’s “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” and LOCASH’s “Ring on Every Finger.”

The coveted Song of the Year award was given to “In Case You Didn’t Know,” written by Tyler Reeve and Trent Tomlinson. Published by Big Mosquito Music, Big Spaces Music, Brown Hound Publishing, Kirbfinder’s Mucho Love Music, and Smack of Ham Songs, the Brett Young track was the most-performed country song of the year.

Taking home the Publisher of the Year accolade was Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Group, which is responsible for 20 of the 50 most-performed songs of the year including megahits “Meant to Be” by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line, “When It Rains It Pours” and “Hurricane” by Luke Combs. The Group also publishes Keith Urban’s “The Fighter,” and “I Could Use A Love Song” by Maren Morris. During the ceremony, BMI as well saluted the songwriters and publishers of the 50 most-performed country songs of the previous year.  

For a complete list of 2018 BMI Country Awards winners, please visit www.bmi.com/country 

Photo and video footage can be accessed via the official EPK link early Wednesday morning: http://www.epklink.com/bmicountryawards2018

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Press Contacts:

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Courtney Craun

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Chris Lucas and Preston Brust, of LOCASH at the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Kacey Musgraves attends the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy, and Jess Carson of Midland at the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Jesse Frasure accepts BMI Songwriter of The Year onstage at the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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(L-R) Mike Steinberg, Jesse Frasure, Mike O'Neill and Jody Williams pose onstage at the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Steve Cropper accepts the BMI Icon award onstage at the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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BMI Vice President Creative Jody Williams, John Legend, Steve Cropper and BMI President & CEO Mike O'Neill onstage at the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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BMI Icon Steve Cropper and John Legend onstage at the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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John Legend performs onstage at the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Onstage at the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Luke Combs performs onstage at the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Recording artist Maggie Rose performs onstage at the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Recording artists Mike Farris and Lucie Silvas perform onstage at the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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(L-R) Rodney Clawson, Thomas Rhett and Rhett Akins attend the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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(L-R) BMI President/CEO Mike O'Neill, recording artist Walker Hayes and BMI Vice President, Creative, Jody Williams attend the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Jon Pardi and Ross Copperman pose during the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Recording artists Karen Fairchild and Maren Morris attend the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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(L-R) BMI President/CEO Mike O'Neill, recording artist Luke Bryan and BMI Vice President, Creative, Jody Williams attend the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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(L-R) BMI President/CEO Mike O'Neill, recording artists Brian Kelley, Tyler Hubbard and BMI Vice President, Creative, Jody Williams attend the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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(L-R) BMI President/CEO Mike O'Neill, recording artist Kacey Musgraves and BMI Vice President, Creative, Jody Williams attend the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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(L-R) BMI President/CEO Mike O'Neill, recording artist Chris Young and BMI Vice President, Creative, Jody Williams attend the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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(L-R) BMI President/CEO Mike O'Neill, 2018 BMI Icon Steve Cropper and BMI Vice President, Creative, Jody Williams attend the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Rita Wilson attends the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Maren Morris attends the 66th Annual BMI Country Awards on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Jacob Durrett and Devin Dawson attend the 66th Annual BMI Country Awards on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell attend the 66th Annual BMI Country Awards on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Thomas Rhett attends the 66th Annual BMI Country Awards on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Russell Dickerson onstage at the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Morgan Wallen attends the 66th Annual BMI Country Awards on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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RaeLynn attends the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Lauren Alaina attends the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Onstage at the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay onstage at the BMI Country Awards 2018 on November 13, 2018 in Nashville.

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