2017 ASCAP Country Music Awards

On November 6, country’s brightest lights lit up the Ryman Auditorium at our 55th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville. The event brought out a who’s who of country hitmakers and luminaries. Americana and country pioneer Rodney Crowell was honored with performances of three of his classic country songs before receiving the ASCAP Founders Award. Keith Urban performed “You Won,” followed by Vince Gill, who played "’Til I Gain Control Again" and "Oklahoma Borderline."

Ashley Gorley was crowned ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year for an unprecedented fifth time for his nine award-winning songs. Kelsea Ballerini earned the ASCAP Vanguard Award and treated the crowd to "In Between" from her brand new album, Unapologetically. We gave Songwriter-Artist of the Year to Matthew Ramsey, for the two songs he recorded with his band Old Dominion (“Snapback” and “Song for Another Time”) and his hit for Sam Hunt, “Make You Miss Me.” 

Dierks Bentley performed Song of the Year “Somewhere on a Beach,” along with its songwriters Dave Kuncio and Josh Mirenda. The star-studded audience also enjoyed performances of the rest of ASCAP’s top 5 country music songs of the year: “Lights Come On” by songwriters Jimmy Robbins and Jordan Schmidt; “May We All” by songwriter Jamie Moore; “Snapback” by Old Dominion; and “Wanna Be That Song” by songwriter Scooter Carusoe.

We honored Warner/Chappell Music Publishing with the ASCAP Publisher of the Year Award, for publishing a record-setting 24 of the most-performed ASCAP country songs of the year. ASCAP Board member Jimmy Webb performed "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" in tribute to his longtime collaborator and friend, Glen Campbell, and the members of the music community who passed in 2017. Rising country star Brett Young kicked off the evening with a performance of his first hit song, “Sleep Without You,” and concert promoter Varnell Enterprises was honored with the ASCAP Partners in Music Award.

WINNING SONGS

*** Indicates a Top 5 ASCAP country song

“American Country Love Song”

Writers: Ashley Gorley, Jaren Johnston

Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Combustion Music, Tape Room Music

Artist: Jake Owen

“Any Ol' Barstool”

Writer: Deric Ruttan

Publishers: This Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Doc and Maggie Music

Artist: Jason Aldean

“Blue Ain't Your Color”

Writers: Hillary Lindsey, Clint Lagerberg, Steven Lee Olsen

Publishers: Cornman Music, Sea Gayle Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, BMG Gold Songs, Spirit Music Nashville, Rezonate Music

Artist: Keith Urban

“Came Here To Forget”

Writers: Craig Wiseman, Deric Ruttan

Publishers: This Music, Big Loud Songs, Round Hill Songs, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Red Toe Rocker, Doc and Maggie Music

Artist: Blake Shelton

“Church Bells”

Writers: Brett James, Zach Crowell, Hillary Lindsey

Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Combustion Music, BMG Gold Songs, Rezonate Music, Tape Room Music, Atlas Music Publishing, Songs of Brett

Artist: Carrie Underwood

“Confession”

Writer: Matt Jenkins

Publishers: Atlas Music Publishing, Tape Room Music, Combustion Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

Artist: Florida Georgia Line

“Different for Girls”

Writer: JT Harding

Publishers: Songs of SMP, Mighty Seven,  Heavy Metal Disco

Artist: Dierks Bentley ft. Elle King

“Dirt on My Boots”

Writer: Ashley Gorley

Publishers: Combustion Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Tape Room Music

Artist: Jon Pardi

“Dirty Laundry”

Writers: Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell

Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, BMG Gold Songs, Atlas Music Publishing, Rezonate Music, Tape Room Music

Artist: Carrie Underwood

“Fix”

Writer: Abe Stoklasa

Publisher: Big Yellow Dog Music

Artist: Chris Lane

“From the Ground Up”

Writers: Chris DeStefano, Daniel Smyers

Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, CDs Words & Music, Beats and Banjos

Artist: Dan + Shay

“A Guy with a Girl”

Writer: Ashley Gorley

Publishers: Combustion Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Tape Room Music

Artist: Blake Shelton

“Heartbeat”

Writers:  Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell

Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Atlas Music Publishing, Combustion Music, Tape Room Music

Artist: Carrie Underwood

“H.O.L.Y.”

Writer: William Larsen

Publishers: IDAP Music, BMG Gold Songs

Artist: Florida Georgia Line

“Hometown Girl”

Writer: Marc Beeson

Publishers: Downtown Music Publishing, Son of Ron Songs

Artist: Josh Turner

“How I'll Always Be”

Writer: Jeremy Stover

Publishers: ole Red Cape Songs, Real Big Red Tunes

Artist: Tim McGraw

“How Not To”

Writers: Kevin Bard, Adam Hambrick, Paul DiGiovanni

Publishers: Red Like The Sunset Music, ole Red Cape Songs, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal Music Corporation, Kevin Bard Music, Paulywood Music

Artist: Dan + Shay

“Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day”

Writer: Ben Hayslip

Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, This Music, Tar-Cam-Knox Music

Artist: Luke Bryan

“If I Told You”

Writer: Jon Nite

Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Artist: Darius Rucker

“If the Boot Fits”

Writers: Andy Albert, Jordan Schmidt

Publishers: Major Bob Music, Downtown Music Publishing, We-Volve Music, Freshy Music (A Division Of Tree Vibez Music)

Artist: Granger Smith

“I Know Somebody”

Writer: Jeremy Stover

Publishers: ole Songs of Countrywood, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Artist: Locash

“I Met a Girl”

Writers: Sam Hunt, Trevor Rosen

Publishers: Smacksongs, Universal Music Corporation, Old Gringo Music, Rehits Music

Artist: William Michael Morgan

“It Don't Hurt Like It Used To”

Writer: Billy Currington

Publishers: Coconut Hut Publishing

Artist: Billy Currington

*** “Lights Come On”

Writers: Jordan Schmidt, Jimmy Robbins

Publishers: Major Bob Music, Round Hill Songs, We-Volve Music, Freshy Music (A Division Of Tree Vibez Music), Extraordinary Alien, Jammy Rabbins Music

Artist: Jason Aldean

“A Little More Summertime”

Writer: Jerry Flowers

Publishers: Atlas Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Tape Room Music

Artist: Jason Aldean

“Make You Miss Me”

Writers: Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey

Publishers: Music of RPM, Songs of Black River, Sonic Geo Music, Spirit Music Nashville, Old Gringo Music, Universal Music Corporation, Sam Hunt Publishing

Artist: Sam Hunt

*** “May We All”

Writer: Jamie Moore

Publishers: BMG Gold Songs, Team Destiny, JMZL Music

Artist: Florida Georgia Line

“Middle of a Memory”

Writers: Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell

Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Atlas Music Publishing, Combustion Music, Tape Room Music

Artist: Cole Swindell

“Mind Reader”

Writer: Ben Hayslip

Publishers: This Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

Artist: Dustin Lynch

“Move”

Writers: Michael Carter, Jay Clementi

Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing, 243 Music

Artist: Luke Bryan

“Peter Pan”

Writers: Kelsea Ballerini, Forest Glen Whitehead

Publishers: Songs of Black River, KNB Music

Artist: Kelsea Ballerini

“Road Less Traveled”

Writer: Meghan Trainor

Publishers: Big Yellow Dog Music, MTrain Music

Artist: Lauren Alaina

“Rock On”

Writer: Marla Cannon-Goodman

Publishers: My My My Music, Scrambler Music

Artist: Tucker Beathard

“Seein' Red”

Writers: Jason Sever, Kurt Allison

Publishers: BMG/This Is Magic Mustang Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Little Champion Music, Leighalu, Makena Cove Music

Artist: Dustin Lynch

“Setting the World on Fire”

Writers: Matt Jenkins, Josh Osborne

Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Tape Room Music, Atlas Music Publishing, Combustion Music, Smacksongs, Jenkalenk Tunes, Anderson Fork in the Road Music

Artist: Keith Urban ft. P!Nk

“Sleep Without You”

Writer: Brett Young

Publishers: Big Machine Music, Caliville Publishing

Artist: Brett Young

*** “Snapback”

Writers: Brad Tursi, Trevor Rosen, Matthew Ramsey

Publishers: Smacksongs, Songs of Big Deal, Rehits Music, Wooden Ships, Unfair Entertainment, Carrot Seed Songs

Artist: Old Dominion

“Song For Another Time”

Writers: Brad Tursi, Matt Jenkins, Trevor Rosen, Matthew Ramsey

Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Atlas Music Publishing, Combustion Music, Rehits Music, Smacksongs, Songs of Big Deal, Tape Room Music, Wooden Ships, Jenkalenk Tunes, Unfair Entertainment, Carrot Seed Songs

Artist: Old Dominion

“Star of the Show”

Writer: Ben Hayslip

Publishers: This Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

Artist: Thomas Rhett

“T-Shirt”

Writer: Ashley Gorley

Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Atlas Music Publishing

Artist: Thomas Rhett

“Think a Little Less”

Writers: Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins

Publishers: Extraordinary Alien, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Round Hill Songs

Artist: Michael Ray

“Think of You”

Writer: Corey Crowder

Publisher: Liz Rose Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

Artist: Chris Young (Duet w/ Cassadee Pope)

“Today”

Writers: Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley

Publishers: Sea Gayle Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Spirit Music Nashville, BMG Gold Songs, Tape Room Music

Artist: Brad Paisley

*** “Wanna Be That Song”

Writer: Scooter Carusoe

Publishers: Scrambler Music, Abbotts Creek Music

Artist: Brett Eldredge

“Wasted Time”

Writer: Greg Wells

Publishers: Firehouse Cat Music, BMG Gold Songs

Artist: Keith Urban

“The Weekend”

Writer: Andrew DeRoberts

Publishers: BMG Gold Songs, Lanercost Publishing

Artist:  Brantley Gilbert

“Yeah Boy”

Writers: Kelsea Ballerini, Forest Glen Whitehead

Publishers: Songs of Black River, KNB Music

Artist: Kelsea Ballerini

“You Look Like I Need a Drink”

Writer: Matt Dragstrem

Publishers: Round Hill Songs, Big Loud Songs

Artist: Justin Moore

“You Should Be Here”

Writer: Ashley Gorley

Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Combustion Music, Tape Room Music

Artist: Cole Swindell