ASCAP hosted its 48th annual Country Music Awards on Tuesday, September 14th at the War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The writers of country music's most performed songs of the period between April 2009 and March 2010 were honored before an audience of many of Nashville's most distinguished songwriters, top country stars and music industry leaders. Special tribute was paid to Alan Jackson, who was honored with the ASCAP Founders Award.
The evening's top honors were awarded to the following:
ASCAP Songwriter of the Year: Brett James
ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year: Dierks Bentley
ASCAP Country Song of the Year: "Need You Now," written by Josh Kear; published by Big Yellow Dog Music and Darth Buddha
ASCAP Publisher of the Year: Sea Gayle Music