Brad Paisley, Phil Vassar and More ASCAP Country Greats Nominated for 2021 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

June 17, 2021

ASCAP country music hitmakers Brad Paisley and Phil Vassar are up for induction into the 2021 class of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in the songwriter/artist category. They’re joined by Buddy Cannon, Carl Jackson and Mary Ann Kennedy, all acclaimed ASCAP tunesmiths nominated in the songwriters category.

 

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame recognizes significant contributions to the Nashville songwriting community. All nominees must have experienced their first Top 20 song at least 20 years ago. In the coming months, two songwriters and one songwriter/artist will be elected in these categories by their professional songwriter peers and members of the Hall of Fame.

 

In addition, two more songwriters will be named to the Class of 2021. A separate body of voters will elect a veteran songwriter and songwriter/artist, both of whom experienced their first Top 20 song at least 30 years ago. As part of that process, nominees in those categories are not announced.

 

The new group of inductees-elect will be among those honored at the “50/51” Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Monday, November 1, 2021, at the Music City Center along with the previously named Class of 2020 that includes ASCAP members Steve Earle, Bobbie Gentry, Brett James and Spooner Oldham.

 

Click here to read bios and see the full list of 2021 nominees.

 

Buddy Cannon

Mary Ann Kennedy

Carl Jackson