Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, honored country superstar Carrie Underwood with multiple BMI “Million-Air” Awards at a recent reception at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
BMI’s Associate Director of Writer/Publisher Relations Leslie Roberts joined Underwood onstage to present the certificates, honoring the prolific performance records of songs “Mama’s Song” and “Good Girl,” with one million performances each, and “All-American Girl,” with a staggering two million to date.
“With a catalog boasting more than 13 million performances, Carrie has become one of the most successful songwriters in country music today,” said BMI’s Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Jody Williams. “We at BMI could not be more proud and are excited to celebrate these continued incredible achievements with her,” said Williams.
The BMI “Million-Air” Award is given to songwriters, composers and publishers whose songs accumulate over one million U.S. broadcast performances. The designation has been bestowed upon many of BMI’s iconic songwriters, including Sir Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton, Isaac Hayes and Roy Orbison. The acknowledgement is a mark of respect and praise. The three tracks honored at the reception alone, played back-to-back, would total nearly 23 years of continuous play, indicative of Underwood’s impressive accomplishments.
BMI Nashville presented the last BMI “Million-Air” Awards earlier this year to songwriter Scotty Emerick to recognize hits such as “I Love This Bar,” “Beer for My Horses,” “As Good As I Once Was” and “Big Blue Note,” all of which were recorded by superstar Toby Keith.