Country music stars were on hand Tuesday night for an awards show that honors songwriters and publishers who had the biggest hits over the last year.
Some of the biggest names in country music made their way down the red carpet for the BMI Awards. They were ready to recognize the folks who write the lines that lead to hit songs.
“So tonight is about honoring the people that do that and all of us that are striving to do that,” said
The stars included Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and Luke Bryan. Bryan has a medallion for the song “Do I”, a number one hit that changed his career.
“So it’s nice to be here in honor of the song that really got is started for me. So I’m loving it man,” said Bryan.
Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood from Lady Antebellum are BMI writers. Believe it or not, so is CBS newsman Bob Schieffer, who dabbles in songwriting.
“This is kind of the backbone of the music industry and it’s right here in Nashville,” said Schieffer.
For 58 years, BMI has put medallions around the necks of writers like Miranda Lambert. She helped write her hit “White Liar” which went all the way to number one.
“You hope that a song you write will do that, because it means even that much more. It’s a piece of your soul, you know,” said Lambert.
The best of Nashville’s songwriters got their moment in the spotlight Tuesday night. Taylor Swift took home the top award of Songwriter of the year.
Many of the stars at the BMI awards will be back on the red carpet on Wednesday night for the 44th annual CMA Awards. NewsChannel 5 will be live on the black carpet starting at 4 p.m.