Pictured are (l-r): BMI's Jody Williams; Sony Music Publishing's Troy Tomlinson, Danny Strick, and Martin Bandier; BMI Icon Dean Dillon; Songwriter of the Year Rodney Clawson; Song of the Year Honorees Troy Verges and Hunter Hayes; and BMI's Michael O'Neill. (Photo by John Russell)

Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, presented the 2013 BMI Country Awards, honoring the prolific songwriting career of BMI Icon Dean Dillon, as well as the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year tonight in Nashville. The 61st 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. 

Dillon, who was named this year’s BMI Icon, joins an elite list of songwriters who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” and was honored with an all-star tribute from some of country’s biggest stars, including Luke Bryan performing Dillon’s BMI award-winning hit “Unwound,” Lee Ann Womack with an emotional rendition of “An Empty Glass” and Kenny Chesney with the country classic “Holed Up In Some Honky Tonk.” George Strait, who alone has recorded 54 of Dillon’s songs, paid homage with a medley of three of his most notable Dillon-penned hits, including “The Chair,” “Marina Del Rey” and “Here for a Good Time.”

Rodney Clawson was named Songwriter of the Year, with writing credits on six of the most-performed songs of the past year, including “Drink On It” recorded by Blake Shelton, “Drunk On You” by Luke Bryan, “One of Those Nights” by Tim McGraw, “Take a Little Ride” by Jason Aldean, “Where I Come From” by Montgomery Gentry and “Did It for the Girl” by Greg Bates. 

Hunter Hayes‘ smash hit “Wanted,” penned by Hayes and Troy Verges, won the coveted Song of the Year award. Published by Happy Little Man Publishing, Songs from the Engine Room and Songs of Universal, Inc., “Wanted” garnered more than one million performances in 2012 alone, making it one of the most-performed songs of the year.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville continued their winning streak of over a decade, again taking home the Publisher of the Year accolade. Responsible for 20 of the 50 most-performed songs of the year, Sony/ATV published megahits such as Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup,” Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” and many more. During the ceremony, BMI also saluted the songwriters and publishers of the 50 most-performed country songs of the previous year.

BMI President Del Bryant hosted the ceremony with Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville; Michael O’Neill, BMI Chief Executive Officer; and Clay Bradley, BMI Assistant Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville.

The evening also marked the launch of two initiatives for BMI, the first being the inaugural issue of the BMI Nashville newsletter, which highlights BMI affiliates and events throughout the region and includes a cover story feature on the red hot Country duo Florida Georgia Line. Additionally, BMI launched BMI TV which will feature new content and interviews with BMI affiliates from awards shows and industry events, beginning with a red carpet interview with superstar Carrie Underwood from the recent T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala in New York City.

Here’s a complete list of the night’s winners:

SONG OF THE YEAR
“WANTED”
Hunter Hayes
Troy Verges
Happy Little Man Publishing
Songs From the Engine Room
Songs of Universal, Inc.

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
RODNEY CLAWSON
“Did It for the Girl”
“Drink on It”
“Drunk on You”
“One of Those Nights”
“Take a Little Ride”
“Where I Come From”

PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR
SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING NASHVILLE
(EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc, Sony/ATV Countryside, Sony/ATV Songs LLC and Sony/ATV Tree)
“5-1-5-0 ”
“Banjo”
“Begin Again”
“Cowboys and Angels”
“Creepin’”
“Cruise”
“Crying on a Suitcase”
“Fastest Girl in Town”
“Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”
“Lovin’ You Is Fun”
“One That Got Away”
“Ours”
“Over You”
“Pontoon”
“Red Solo Cup”
“Springsteen”
“Time Is Love”
“Tip It on Back”
“Tornado”
“Where I Come From”

BMI ICON
DEAN DILLON

2013 COUNTRY AWARDS TOP 50 SONGS
5-1-5-0
Brett Beavers
Jim Beavers
Chestnut Barn Music
Chrysalis Songs
Sony/ATV Tree
Dierks Bentley
Capitol Nashville

ALONE WITH YOU
JT Harding
JTX Music
Mighty Co Music
Jake Owen
RCA Nashville

BANJO
Tony Martin
Wendell Mobley
Casa Jaco Music
Sony/ATV Tree
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Rascal Flatts
Big Machine

BEER MONEY
Blair Daly
Kip Moore
Troy Verges
Against The Wind Publishing
Internal Combustion Music
Kickin’ Grids Music
Songs From The Engine Room
Songs of The Corn
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Southside Independent Music Publishing
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Kip Moore
MCA Nashville

BEERS AGO
Toby Keith
Bobby Pinson
Bobby’s Lyrics Land and Livestock
Tokeco Tunes
Toby Keith
Show Dog/Universal

BEGIN AGAIN 
Taylor Swift
Sony/ATV Tree
Taylor Swift Music
Taylor Swift
Big Machine

BETTER THAN I — USED TO BE
Bryan Simpson
How ‘Bout That Skyline Music
Mr. Noise Music
Writers of Sea Gayle Music
Tim McGraw
Curb Records

COME WAKE ME UP
Sean McConnell
Little Beluga Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Rascal Flatts
Big Machine

COWBOYS AND ANGELS
Josh Leo
Dustin Lynch
Tim Nichols
Big Music Machine
Contentment Music
Golden Gears Music
Made For This Music
Sony/ATV Tree
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Dustin Lynch
Broken Bow

CREEPIN’
Eric Church
Marv Green
Sinnerlina
Sony/ATV Tree
The Good The Bad The Ugly Publishing
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Eric Church
EMI Nashville

CRUISE
Tyler Hubbard
Brian Kelley
Joey Moi (SOCAN)
Chase Rice
Jesse Rice
Big Loud Mountain
Big Red Toe Music
Dack Janiels Publishing
Deep Fried Dreams
Sony/ATV Countryside
Florida Georgia Line
Big Loud Mountain/Republic

CRYING ON A SUITCASE 
Lee Thomas Miller
Tom Shapiro
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Itchy Baby Music
Little Dooey Music
Writers of Sea Gayle Music
Casey James
Columbia

DANCIN’ AWAY WITH MY HEART
Dave Haywood
Charles Kelley
DWHaywood Music
RADIOBULLETSPUBLISHING
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Lady Antebellum
Capitol Nashville

DID IT FOR THE GIRL
Greg Bates
Rodney Clawson
Amarillo Sky Songs
Bates ‘N Hook Music
Big Music Machine
Big Red Toe Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Super Effusion
Greg Bates
Republic Nashville

DRINK ON IT 
Rodney Clawson
Jon Randall
Amarillo Sky Songs
Big Red Toe Music
Reynsong Publishing Corporation
Wha Ya Say Music
Blake Shelton
Warner Bros.

DRUNK ON YOU
Rodney Clawson
Amarillo Sky Songs
Big Red Toe Music
Luke Bryan
Capitol Nashville

EVEN IF IT BREAKS YOUR HEART
Will Hoge
BMG Platinum Songs
Will Hoge Music
Eli Young Band
Republic Nashville

EVERY STORM (RUNS OUT OF RAIN)
Gary Allan
Crystal Beach Music
Gary Allan
MCA Nashville

FASTEST GIRL IN TOWN
Miranda Lambert
Pink Dog Publishing
Sony/ATV Tree
Miranda Lambert
RCA Nashville

FOR YOU 
Keith Urban
Mary Rose Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Keith Urban
Capitol Nashville

GOOD GIRL
Carrie Underwood
Carrie Okie Music
Carrie Underwood
19/Arista Nashville

GOODBYE IN HER EYES
Zac Brown
Wyatt Durrette
John Hopkins
Sonia Leigh
Angelika Music
Brighter Shade Publishing
Southern Ground Artists, Inc.
Weimerhound Publishing
Zac Brown Band
Atlantic/Southern Ground

HARD TO LOVE
Billy Montana
John Ozier
Dandon Ranch Music
Mike Curb Music
Over The Bar Music
Lee Brice
Curb Records

HOW COUNTRY FEELS
Vicky McGehee
Wendell Mobley
February 4 Music
peermusic III Ltd.
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Randy Houser
Stoney Creek

KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE
Luke Bryan
Jeff Stevens
Big Motor
Chrysalis Songs
Peanut Mill Songs
Sony/ATV Tree
Luke Bryan
Capitol Nashville

LOVE’S GONNA MAKE IT ALRIGHT
Al Anderson
Bucked Up Music
International Dog Music
George Strait
MCA Nashville

LOVIN’ YOU IS FUN 
Jim Beavers
Bob DiPiero
Love Monkey Music
Sony/ATV Tree
Easton Corbin
Mercury Nashville

MERRY GO ‘ROUND 
Kacey Musgraves
351 Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Kacey Musgraves
Mercury Nashville

NO HURRY
Zac Brown
Wyatt Durrette
James Otto
Angelika Music
Eldorotto Music Publishing
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Weimerhound Publishing
Zac Brown Band
Atlantic/Southern Ground

ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS
Rodney Clawson
Luke Laird
Amarillo Sky Songs
Big Red Toe Music
Universal Music-Careers
Tim McGraw
Big Machine

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
Dallas Davidson
Jake Owen
Jimmy Ritchey
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Jimbalaya Music
Shiitake Maki Publishing
Universal Music-Careers
Vibe Room Music
Jake Owen
RCA Nashville

OURS
Taylor Swift
Sony/ATV Tree
Taylor Swift Music
Taylor Swift
Big Machine

OVER
Paul Jenkins
David Elliott Johnson
Touch My Music Publishing
Blake Shelton
Warner Bros.

OVER YOU
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
Pink Dog Publishing
Sony/ATV Tree
Miranda Lambert
RCA Nashville

PONTOON 
Barry Dean
Natalie Hemby
Luke Laird
BarryTones
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Universal Music-Careers
Wruckestrike
Little Big Town
Capitol Nashville

POSTCARD FROM PARIS 
Jeff Cohen
Kara DioGuardi
Kimberly Perry
Neil Perry
Reid Perry
As You Wish Music
Bug Music
Famdamily Music
Pearlfeather Publishing
Sunshine Terrace Music
When I Go To The Moon Music
The Band Perry
Republic Nashville

RED SOLO CUP
Brett Beavers
Jim Beavers
Brad Warren
Brett Warren
Chestnut Barn Music
Chrysalis One Songs
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Sony/ATV Tree
StyleSonic Music LLC
Toby Keith
Show Dog/Universal

SOMEBODY’S HEARTBREAK 
Andrew Dorff
Hunter Hayes
Luke Laird
Happy Little Man Publishing
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Universal Music-Careers
Hunter Hayes
Atlantic Records

SOMETHIN’ ‘BOUT A TRUCK
Dan Couch
Kip Moore
Music of Stage Three
Roll Through Music
Songs From The Couch
Songs of Cornman
Kip Moore
MCA Nashville

SPRINGSTEEN
Eric Church
Jeff Hyde
Ryan Tyndell
Bug Music
Mammaw’s Cornbread Music
ole Purple Cape Songs
Sinnerlina
Sony/ATV Tree
Eric Church
EMI Nashville

TAKE A LITTLE RIDE
Dylan Altman
Rodney Clawson
Jim McCormick
Amarillo Sky Songs
Big Red Toe Music
Chrysalis Songs
Music of Cal IV
Songs of Jim McCormick
Jason Aldean
Broken Bow

TIL MY LAST DAY
Justin Moore
Big Music Machine
Double Barrel Ace Music
Justin Moore
Valory

TIME IS LOVE
Tony Martin
Mark Nesler
Tom Shapiro
Casa Jaco Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Little Dooey Music
Little Lola Mae Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Sony/ATV Tree
Josh Turner
MCA Nashville

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