BMI Country Music Awards 2022: here are the winners

The BMI Country Music Awards took place on Tuesday, November 8 at the organization’s headquarters in Nashville. The event honored the songwriters and publishers of the most played country songs of the past year.

The evening was hosted by BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neil and saw the presence of a number of artists including Ashley McBryde, Priscilla Block, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Kenny Chesney , Michael Hardy and Luke Combs.

Michael Hardy won Songwriter of the Year

Songwriter of the Year was awarded to Michael Hardy, marking his first victory. Hardy was the songwriter of five of BMI’s award-winning songs, including that of Blake Shelton Come back like a country boyCole Swindell Single Saturday nightby Dierks Bentley beers on meby Morgan Wallen Sand in my boots and his Give heaven a little hell.

Hardy said in his acceptance speech, “I want to thank BMI for being there for me every step of the way, for introducing me to some of my favorite collaborators that I still write with to this day.”

“For creating opportunities for me that helped further my career as a songwriter. I can honestly say without a doubt that I don’t know where I’d be in this town if that 19-year-old kid didn’t didn’t walk into that building and didn’t blindly sign in. Thank you very much,” he added.

Publisher of the Year went to Sony Music Publishing

The company was responsible for releasing 25 of the top 50 country songs last year, including Kelsea Ballerini Half of my hometownKane Brown A Mississippiby Miranda Lambert Drunk (and I don’t want to go home), and Lambert If I was a cowboy.

BMI Country Song of the Year was awarded to Forever after all, written by Luke Combs, Drew Parker and Rob Williford. The song has been published by 50 Egg Music, Big Music Machine, Straight Dimes Music, Oak Tree Swing Publishing, Sony/ATV Tree and Rowdy Rob Music.

Toby Keith honored with the BMI Icon Award 2022

The singer-songwriter received the Icon award for his prolific musical career. Throughout the night, many artists paid tribute to Keith. Carrie Underwood sang her 1993 hit Should have been a cowboywhile Eric Church performed the 2003 song I like this bar. Dean Dillon and Scotty Emerick were seen performing on the 2006 track A little too late.

Accepting the award, Keith said: “Since 1990 or 1991 I have been affiliated with the biggest organization in the music business. It’s BMI. I knew that even if I didn’t succeed as an artist, someone might cut my songs. I always thought songwriting was the most important part of this whole industry.

He also thanked his parents and family, longtime manager TK Kimbrell and producer Harold Shedd. “I wanted to play my songs and get dressed out of my closet and it didn’t work that way back then…back then they wanted to groom you and I was uncombable. Bless TK’s heart, he said : “I’m with you, man.”

Keith concluded by saying, “All I’ve ever cared about is the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the BMI icon.” The full list of winners can be found on the official BMI website.

Congratulations to all the winners! Stay tuned for more news and updates.

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