ASCAP Country Music Awards 2019

November 11, 2019

All photos by Ed Rode for ASCAP

With a star-studded lineup rivaling Broadway’s brightest neon lights, the 57th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards celebrated the industry’s biggest names on Monday, November 11 in Nashville.

The evening was full of milestone moments for ASCAP’s family of country songwriters and publishers. Hitmaker Ashley Gorley cemented his place among country music’s greats, earning his unprecedented seventh ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year honor. Pop and R&B songwriter Steven Battey won Song of the Year for his very first country hit, Luke Combs’s “One Number Away.” And for the seventh year in a row, Warner Chappell Music was named ASCAP Country Music Publisher of the Year for shepherding a record-setting number of country songs to the top of the charts.

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The stars came out to pay homage to their comrades in song. Kelsea Ballerini and Little Big Town were both on hand to honor songwriter Hillary Lindsey (“Girl Crush,” “Jesus, Take the Wheel”) with the ASCAP Global Impact Award. Brett Young, who earned our Songwriter-Artist of the Year Award in 2018, was on hand to pass the torch to this year’s winners, Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen of Old Dominion, and actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen (also an ASCAP member) added a touch of Hollywood as they presented the ASCAP Vanguard Award to their friends, Brothers Osborne.

From the opening performance of “Tequila” (written by Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers and songwriter Jordan Reynolds) to Gorley, Bentley and Jon Nite’s moving rendition of “Living,” the 2019 ASCAP Country Music Awards were defined by spectacular performances. But in an evening full of unforgettable live music, a clear highlight was a tribute to the great Randy Travis, winner of the ASCAP Founders Award. Carrie Underwood turned in a stunning “Promises,” and Garth Brooks sang “Forever and Ever, Amen” with the sincerity of someone who has loved Travis’s music for decades. “This man saved country music single-handedly,” commented Brooks from the stage. “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Randy Travis."

Randy Travis

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MOST PERFORMED SONGS

*** Indicates a Top 3 ASCAP country song
Babe
Recorded by Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift
Written by Pat Monahan
Published by Monoman Music, Sony ATV

Break Up in the End
Recorded and Written by Jon Nite
Published by Nite Writer Music, Sony ATV

Burn Out
Recorded by Midland
Written by Jess Carson, Josh Osborne, Mark Wystrach
Published by Songs of Black River, Spirit Music Nashville, Tiptop Music, Tropical Cowboy Publishing, Warner Chappell Music

Cry Pretty
Recorded by Carrie Underwood
Written by Hillary Lindsey
Published by Birb Music, BMG Gold Songs, Rezonant Music

Drunk Girl
Recorded by Chris Janson
Written by Scooter Carusoe
Published by BMG Gold Songs, Carnival Music, Endurance Music Group

Drunk Me
Recorded by Mitchell Tenpenny
Written by Jordan Schmidt
Published by Tree Vibez Music, Warner Chappell Music, We-Volve Music

Eyes on You
Recorded by Chase Rice
Written by Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley
Published by CD’s Words & Music, Combustion Music, Round Hill Music, Sony ATV, Warner Chappell

Get Along
***
Recorded by Kenny Chesney
Written by Josh Osborne
Published by Anderson Fork in the Road Music, Smacksongs, Sony ATV

Girl Like You
Recorded by Jason Aldean
Written by Josh Mirenda
Published by Cornman Music, Warner Chappell Music

Good Girl
Recorded by Dustin Lynch
Written by Andy Albert
Published by Buzz Light Beer Music, Downtown DLJ Songs

Hangin’ On
Recorded by Chris Young
Written by Corey Crowder
Published by Liz Rose Music, Warner Chappell Music

Heart Break
Recorded by Lady Antebellum
Written by Dave Haywood
Published by Haywoodja Cut That Songs, The Best I Could Do Publishing, Warner Chappell Music

Here Tonight
Recorded by Brett Young
Written by Ben Caver, Brett Young
Published by Big Machine Music, Caliville Publishing, Songs of Black River, The Best I Could Do Publishing, Warner Chappell Music

Hide the Wine
Recorded by Carly Pearce
Written by Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsey
Published by BMG Gold Songs, Combustion Music, Endurance Music Group, Round Hill Music, Warner Chappell Music

Hooked
Recorded by Dylan Scott
Written by Seth Ennis
Published by Liz Rose Music, Warner Chappell Music

Hotel Key
Recorded by Old Dominion
Written by Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen
Published by Anderson Fork in the Road Music, Smacksongs, Sony ATV, Rehits Music, Rezonant Music, Unfair Entertainment, Warner Chappell Music

I Lived It
Recorded by Blake Shelton
Written by Ashley Gorley, Ben Hayslip
Published by Combustion Music, Pinetucky Road Publishing, Round Hill Music, This Music, Warner Chappell Music

I Was Jack (You Were Diane)
Recorded by Jake Owen
Written by Craig Wiseman, David Ray, John Mellencamp
Published by Big Loud Songs, David Ray Music, Red Toe Rocker, Round Hill Music, Sony ATV

Kiss Somebody
Recorded by Morgan Evans
Written by Chris DeStefano, Josh Osborne
Published by Anderson Fork in the Road Music, CD’s Words & Music, Smacksongs, Sony ATV

Kinda Don’t Care
Recorded by Justin Moore
Written by Ben Hayslip
Published by This Music, Warner Chappell Music

Last Shot
Recorded by Kip Moore
Written by David Lee Murphy, Kip Moore
Published by Cornman Music, N2D Publishing Company Inc., Old Desperadoes LLC, Point Break Publishing, Warner Chappell Music

Life Changes
Recorded by Thomas Rhett
Written by Ashley Gorley
Published by Combustion Music, Round Hill Music, Warner Chappell Music

Love Ain’t
Recorded by Eli Young Band
Written by Ashley Gorley
Published by Combustion Music, Round Hill Music, Warner Chappell Music

Love Wins
Recorded by Carrie Underwood
Written by Brett James, David Garcia
Published by Songs of Brett, Spirit Music Nashville, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music

Make It Sweet
Recorded by Old Dominion
Written by Brad Tursi, Geoff Sprung, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers
Published by Big Deal Music Group, Rehits Music, Rezonant Music, Sharkules Music, Smacksongs, Tiny Handstand, Universal Music Publishing Group, Unfair Entertainment, Warner Chappell Music

Meant to Be
Recorded by Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
Written by David Garcia
Published by Spirit Music Nashville, Universal Music Publishing Group

Mercy
Recorded by Brett Young
Written by Brett Young
Published by Big Machine Music, Caliville Publishing

Miss Me More
Recorded by Kelsea Ballerini
Written by Kelsea Ballerini, Leland
Published by Bob Ochoa’s Homemade Salsa, KNB Music, Songs of Black River, Sony ATV

Most People Are Good
Recorded by Luke Bryan
Written by Josh Kear
Published by Big Yellow Dog Music, Champagne Whiskey Publishing

On My Way to You
Recorded by Cody Johnson
Written by Brett James, Tony Lane
Published by BMG Gold Songs, Combustion Music, Heytone Music, One77 Songs, Songs of Brett, Warner Chappell Music

One Number Away
***
Recorded by Luke Combs
Written by Steven Battey
Published by Mall B Publishing

One That Got Away
Recorded by Michael Ray
Written by Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen
Published by Anderson Fork in the Road Music, Rehits Music, Rezonant Music, Smacksongs, Sony ATV, Warner Chappell Music

Rumor
Recorded by Lee Brice
Written by Ashley Gorley, Kyle Jacobs
Published by Combustion Music, Curb|Word Music Publishing, Jacobsongs, Round Hill Music, Warner Chappell Music

She Got the Best of Me
Recorded by Luke Combs
Written by Luke Combs
Published by Little Extra Music, No Cats Round Here

Speechless
Recorded by Dan + Shay
Written by Dan Smyers, Jordan Reynolds
Published by Beats & Banjos, Buckeye26, Jreynmusic, Warner Chappell Music

Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset
Recorded by Luke Bryan
Written by Zach Crowell
Published by Combustion Music, Lake Allegan Pub Club, One77 Songs, Spirit Music Nashville, Tape Room Music, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music

Take It from Me
Recorded by Jordan Davis
Written by Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis
Published by Anthem Entertainment, Jordan Davis Music, Rehits Music, Rezonant Music

Tequila
***
Recorded by Dan + Shay
Written by Dan Smyers, Jordan Reynolds
Published by Beats & Banjos, Buckeye26, Jreynmusic, Warner Chappell Music

This Is It
Recorded by Scotty McCreery
Written by Aaron Eshuis, Frank Rogers
Published by Fluid Tunes, Ice House Tunes, Smacksongs, Spirit Music Nashville

What Makes You Country
Recorded by Luke Bryan
Written by Ashley Gorley
Published by Combustion Music, Round Hill Music, Warner Chappell Music

Whiskey Glasses
Recorded by Morgan Wallen
Written by Kevin Kadish
Published by Endurance Music Group, Shooting Moving Targets in the Dark, Sony ATV

Woman, Amen
Recorded by Dierks Bentley
Written by Dierks Bentley, Josh Kear
Published by Big Yellow Dog Music, Champagne Whiskey Publishing, Dudetunes

You Make It Easy
Recorded by Jason Aldean
Written by Jordan Schmidt
Published by Tree Vibez Music, Warner Chappell Music, We-Volve Music