Nashville, Tenn., October 1, 2012: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has announced that it will present Lyle Lovett with the ASCAP Creative Voice Award during the 50th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards. The invitation-only gala will take place on Monday, October 29th, 2012 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, and will also honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed Country songs from April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012. ASCAP's annual celebration of its Country songwriters once again sets the pace for a busy week in Nashville, which culminates with the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards on Thursday, November 1st.
The prestigious ASCAP Creative Voice Award is presented to ASCAP members whose significant career achievements are equally informed by their creative spirit and by their contributions to the role that a music creator can play in the greater community. Lyle Lovett joins a select group of ASCAP members who have previously received this award, including Wyclef Jean, Green Day and Metallica.
"Lyle Lovett has forged a decades-long, award-winning career by committing to his own unique creative vision: in his songwriting, in his roles in film and television, and as a performer. He is often backed by his 'Large Band,' a musical collective that brings his singular fusion of American musical styles to life in grand fashion," said ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board, Paul Williams. "His passions also extend to advocating on behalf of his fellow music creators, and Lyle has often journeyed to Washington, DC to talk with legislators to help protect copyright. He is a musical hero in more ways than one, and we are thrilled to present him with the ASCAP Creative Voice Award."
A four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music throughout a career spanning more than three decades and fourteen albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. His versatility not limited to his musical endeavors, Lovett has also appeared in thirteen feature films, on television, and even on the theatre stage. His accolades include the Americana Music Association's inaugural Trailblazer Award, being named the 2011 Texas State Musician, and in 2010, Lovett was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Houston at its general commencement ceremony.
The 50th ASCAP Country Music Awards will include the announcements of the Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. The evening will feature live performances of the top five most performed songs of 2011 by the award-winning songwriters and special guests. As previously announced, ASCAP will present legendary Country music songwriter Bob McDill with the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award.
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