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2016 ASCAP Country Awards

On Halloween, ASCAP presented a night of incredible treats for its 54th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The event brought out a who’s who of country hitmakers and luminaries. Bluegrass and country pioneer Ricky Skaggs was honored in song before receiving the ASCAP Founders Award. Garth Brooks performed “Highway 40 Blues” with Sam Bush and Justin Moses; Alison Krauss, with Jamey Johnson and Suzanne and Sidney Cox of the Cox Family, performed “Waitin’ for the Sun to Shine;” and Peter Frampton and Gordon Kennedy performed “My Cup Runneth Over.”

Hit songwriter Ashley Gorley took home ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year and the audience was treated to a Trace Adkins performance of the Gorley #1 hit, “You’re Gonna Miss This.” University of Kentucky men's basketball head Coach John Calipari surprised Gorley, a huge UK fan, with remarks and presented him with the award on stage.

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Breakout country star Chris Stapleton was honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award. TJ and John Osborne, aka Brothers Osborne, performed “Stay a Little Longer,” which received Song of the Year. The star-studded audience enjoyed performances of ASCAP’s top 5 country music songs of the year: “I’m Comin’ Over” by songwriter Corey Crowder and recording artist Chris Young; “Save It for a Rainy Day” by songwriters Matthew Ramsey and Brad Tursi; “Gonna” by songwriter Craig Wiseman with Luke Laird; and “Nothin’ Like You” by Dan + Shay and songwriters Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley. The ASCAP Publisher of the Year Award was presented to Warner/Chappell Music Publishing for publishing 18 of the most-performed ASCAP country songs of 2015, and earned the top publisher award for the fourth consecutive year.

ASCAP honored iHeart Radio personality Bobby Bones with its Partners in Music Award, and rising country star Kelsea Ballerini kicked off the evening with a performance of her hit song, “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

SONG OF THE YEAR

“STAY A LITTLE LONGER”
WRITERS: JOHN OSBORNE, TJ OSBORNE
PUBLISHERS: KING PEN MUSIC, SONGSTEIN PUBLISHING, TRAMPY MCCAULEY, WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: BROTHERS OSBORNE

TOP FIVE SONGS

“GONNA”
WRITER: CRAIG WISEMAN
PUBLISHERS: BIG LOUD SHIRT, RED TOE ROCKER, ROUND HILL SONGS
ARTIST: BLAKE SHELTON

“I’M COMIN’ OVER”
WRITER: COREY CROWDER
PUBLISHERS: LIZ ROSE MUSIC, WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: CHRIS YOUNG

“NOTHIN’ LIKE YOU”
WRITERS: CHRIS DESTEFANO, ASHLEY GORLEY, DANIEL SMYERS
PUBLISHERS: BEATS AND BANJOS, COMBUSTION MUSIC, SONY ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING, SUGAR GLIDER MUSIC PUBLISHING, TAPE ROOM MUSIC,
WARNER / CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: DAN + SHAY

“SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY”
WRITERS: MATTHEW RAMSEY, BRAD TURSI
PUBLISHERS: MUSIC OF RPM, SONGS OF BIG DEAL, SONIC GEO MUSIC
ARTIST: KENNY CHESNEY

AWARD-WINNING SONGS

“ANYTHING GOES”
WRITERS: FELIX MCTEIGUE, CHRIS TOMPKINS, CRAIG WISEMAN
PUBLISHERS: BIG LOUD SHIRT, BIG LOUD SONGS, RED TOE ROCKER, ROUND HILL SONGS, RUSTY MUFFLER SONGS
ARTIST: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

“BACKROAD SONG”
WRITER: FRANK ROGERS
PUBLISHERS: SEA GAYLE MUSIC, SPIRIT MUSIC NASHVILLE
ARTIST: GRANGER SMITH

“BREAK ON ME”
WRITER: JON NITE
PUBLISHERS: JON MARK NITE MUSIC, SONY ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: KEITH URBAN

“BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN”
WRITERS: ZACH CROWELL, SAM HUNT
PUBLISHERS: ATLAS MUSIC PUBLISHING, COMBUSTION MUSIC, I LOVE PIZZA MUSIC, OLD GRINGO MUSIC, SAM HUNT PUBLISHING, TAPE ROOM MUSIC, WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING, UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP NASHVILLE
ARTIST: SAM HUNT

“BREAK UP WITH HIM”
WRITERS: MATTHEW RAMSEY, TREVOR ROSEN, WHITT SELLERS,
GEOFF SPRUNG, BRAD TURSI
PUBLISHERS: MUSIC OF RPM, REHITS MUSIC, SHARKULES MUSIC, SMACKTOWN MUSIC, SONGS OF BIG DEAL, SONIC GEO MUSIC, TINY HANDSTAND, UNFAIR ENTERTAINMENT, WOODEN SHIPS
ARTIST: OLD DOMINION

“BURNING HOUSE”
PUBLISHERS: MARVELOUS OAKS RECORDS, SONY ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: CAM

“BUY ME A BOAT”
WRITER: CHRIS DUBOIS
PUBLISHERS: SEA GAYLE MUSIC, SPIRIT MUSIC NASHVILLE
ARTIST: CHRIS JANSON

“COUNTRY NATION”
WRITERS: CHRIS DUBOIS, KELLEY LOVELACE, BRAD PAISLEY
PUBLISHERS: SEA GAYLE MUSIC, SPIRIT MUSIC NASHVILLE
WARNER / CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: BRAD PAISLEY

“CRASH AND BURN”
WRITER: CHRIS STAPLETON
PUBLISHERS: KEN TUCKY MUSIC, WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: THOMAS RHETT

“CRUSHIN’ IT”
WRITERS: KELLEY LOVELACE, BRAD PAISLEY
PUBLISHERS: SEA GAYLE MUSIC, SPIRIT MUSIC NASHVILLE,
WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: BRAD PAISLEY

“DIAMOND RINGS AND OLD BARSTOOLS”
WRITER: JONATHAN SINGLETON
PUBLISHERS: BMG GOLD SONGS, GLASSBEAN, WE JAM WRITERS GROUP
ARTIST: TIM MCGRAW

“DIBS”
WRITERS: KELSEA BALLERINI, JASON DUKE, RYAN GRIFFIN, JOSH KERR
PUBLISHERS: DAN HODGES MUSIC LLC, KNB MUSIC, JASON DUKE MUSIC, NYSSA FAMILY MUSIC, SONGS OF BLACK RIVER
ARTIST: KELSEA BALLERINI

“I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT”
WRITER: MEGHAN TRAINOR
PUBLISHER: BIG YELLOW DOG MUSIC
ARTIST: RASCAL FLATTS

“DON’T IT”
WRITERS: ASHLEY GORLEY, JAREN JOHNSTON
PUBLISHERS: COMBUSTION MUSIC, TAPE ROOM MUSIC, SONY ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING, WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: BILLY CURRINGTON

“FEELIN’ IT”
WRITERS: FRANK ROGERS, MATTHEW WEST
PUBLISHERS: ATLAS MUSIC PUBLISHING, COMBUSTION MUSIC, SEA GAYLE MUSIC, SONGS FOR DELANEY, SPIRIT MUSIC NASHVILLE,
WARNER / CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: SCOTTY MCCREERY

“FLY”
WRITERS: MADDIE MARLOW, TIFFANY VARTANYAN
PUBLISHERS: NOT YOUR AVERAGE GIRL, SILVA TONE MUSIC, SUPER BIG MUSIC
ARTIST: MADDIE & TAE

“GIRL CRUSH”
WRITER: HILLARY LINDSEY
PUBLISHER: HILLARODYRATHBONE MUSIC
ARTIST: LITTLE BIG TOWN

“GONNA KNOW WE WERE HERE”
WRITER: BRETT JAMES
PUBLISHERS: COMBUSTION MUSIC, ATLAS MUSIC PUBLISHING, WARNER / CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING, SONGS OF BRETT
ARTIST: JASON ALDEAN

“GONNA WANNA TONIGHT”
WRITERS: JON NITE, JIMMY ROBBINS
PUBLISHERS: EXTRAORDINARY ALIEN, JON MARK NITE MUSIC, ROUND HILL SONGS, SONY ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: CHASE RICE

“HELL OF A NIGHT”
WRITERS: ZACH CROWELL, ADAM SANDERS,
PUBLISHERS: ATLAS MUSIC PUBLISHING, BIG YELLOW DOG MUSIC, COMBUSTION MUSIC, TAPE ROOM MUSIC, WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: DUSTIN LYNCH

“HOME ALONE TONIGHT”
WRITER: COLE TAYLOR
PUBLISHER: UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP NASHVILLE
ARTIST: LUKE BRYAN FEAT. KAREN FAIRCHILD

“HOUSE PARTY”
WRITERS: ZACH CROWELL, JERRY FLOWERS, SAM HUNT
PUBLISHERS: ATLAS MUSIC PUBLISHING, COMBUSTION MUSIC, I LOVE PIZZA MUSIC, OLD GRINGO MUSIC, SAM HUNT PUBLISHING, TAPE ROOM MUSIC, WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING, UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP NASHVILLE
ARTIST: SAM HUNT

“I’M TO BLAME”
WRITERS: KIP MOORE, JUSTIN WEAVER
PUBLISHERS: COOL CHANGE MUSIC,
CORNMAN MUSIC, WARNER / CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: KIP MOORE

“JOHN COUGAR, JOHN DEERE, JOHN 3:16”
WRITER: JOSH OSBORNE
PUBLISHERS: SONGS OF BLACK RIVER, SPIRIT MUSIC NASHVILLE
ARTIST: KEITH URBAN

“KICK THE DUST UP”
WRITERS: CHRIS DESTEFANO, ASHLEY GORLEY
PUBLISHERS: COMBUSTION MUSIC, SONY ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING, SUGAR GLIDER MUSIC PUBLISHING, TAPE ROOM MUSIC, WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: LUKE BRYAN

“LET ME SEE YA GIRL”
WRITER: MICHAEL CARTER
PUBLISHERS: 243 MUSIC, SONY ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: COLE SWINDELL

“LITTLE BIT OF YOU”
WRITERS: DEREK GEORGE, ASHLEY GORLEY
PUBLISHERS: COMBUSTION MUSIC, FUNKY FRIAR MUSIC, TAPE ROOM MUSIC, WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: CHASE BRYANT

“LITTLE TOY GUNS”
WRITERS: CHRIS DESTEFANO, HILLARY LINDSEY
PUBLISHERS: HILLARODYRATHBONE MUSIC, SONY ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING,
SUGAR GLIDER MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“LOSE MY MIND”
WRITER: BRIAN BURTON
PUBLISHER: BMG MONARCH
ARTIST: BRETT ELDREDGE

“LOVE ME LIKE YOU MEAN IT”
WRITERS: KELSEA BALLERINI, JOSH KERR, FOREST GLEN WHITEHEAD
PUBLISHERS: HRPD PUBLISHING, KNB MUSIC, PARALLEL MUSIC PUBLISHING,
SONGS OF BLACK RIVER
ARTIST: KELSEA BALLERINI

“LOVE YOU LIKE THAT”
WRITER: CANAAN SMITH
PUBLISHERS: BMG GOLD SONGS, SKINNY FAT NASHVILLE MUSIC
ARTIST: CANAAN SMITH


“ONE HELL OF AN AMEN”
WRITER: MIKE DEKLE
PUBLISHERS: ole RED CAPE SONGS, ROYAL DOLL MUSIC
ARTIST: BRANTLEY GILBERT

“RAISE ‘EM UP”
WRITER: JAREN JOHNSTON
PUBLISHER: SONY ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: KEITH URBAN FEAT. ERIC CHURCH

“RUN AWAY WITH YOU”
WRITER: JOHN RICH
PUBLISHER: J MONEY MUSIC
ARTIST: BIG & RICH

“SANGRIA”
WRITERS: JT HARDING, JOSH OSBORNE, TREVOR ROSEN
PUBLISHERS: HEAVY METAL DISCO, MIGHTY SEVEN SONGS, REHITS MUSIC, SMACKTOWN MUSIC, SONGS OF BLACK RIVER, SONGS OF SMP,
SPIRIT MUSIC NASHVILLE
ARTIST: BLAKE SHELTON

“SIPPIN’ ON FIRE”
WRITERS: MATT DRAGSTREM, COLE TAYLOR
PUBLISHERS: BIG LOUD SONGS, ROUND HILL SONGS,
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP NASHVILLE
ARTIST: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

“SMOKE BREAK”
WRITERS: CHRIS DESTEFANO, HILLARY LINDSEY
PUBLISHERS: HILLARODYRATHBONE MUSIC, SONY ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“STRIP IT DOWN”
WRITER: JON NITE
PUBLISHERS: JON MARK NITE MUSIC, SONY ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: LUKE BRYAN

“THAT DON’T SOUND LIKE YOU”
WRITER: ASHLEY GORLEY
PUBLISHERS: ATLAS MUSIC PUBLISHING, COMBUSTION MUSIC,
WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: LEE BRICE

“TONIGHT LOOKS GOOD ON YOU”
WRITER: ASHLEY GORLEY
PUBLISHERS: COMBUSTION MUSIC, TAPE ROOM MUSIC,
WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: JASON ALDEAN

“TOP OF THE WORLD”
WRITERS: JON NITE, JIMMY ROBBINS, JOSH OSBORNE
PUBLISHERS: EXTRAORDINARY ALIEN, JON MARK NITE MUSIC, ROUND HILL MUSIC, SONGS OF BLACK RIVER, SONY ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING, SPIRIT MUSIC NASHVILLE
ARTIST: TIM MCGRAW

“WE WENT”
WRITERS: JOHN KING, MATT ROGERS
PUBLISHERS: ole CANALCO PUBLISHING, SONGS OF BLACK RIVER,
SONGS OF RAZOR AND TIE
ARTIST: RANDY HOUSER

“WILD CHILD”
WRITER: JOSH OSBORNE
PUBLISHERS: SONGS OF BLACK RIVER, SPIRIT MUSIC NASHVILLE
ARTIST: KENNY CHESNEY FEAT. GRACE POTTER

“YOUNG & CRAZY”
WRITER: ASHLEY GORLEY
PUBLISHERS: ATLAS MUSIC PUBLISHING, COMBUSTION MUSIC,
WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING
ARTIST: FRANKIE BALLARD

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