November 03, 2004

ASCAP Celebrates 41st Annual Country Music Awards

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Pictured at the Country Awards (l-r) are ASCAP's Connie Bradley, Songwriter of the Year Craig Wiseman, Kenny Chesney and ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento.


The stars were out in Nashville on November 3rd as top country songwriters and performers joined more than 1,000 music industry professionals from around the world for the presentation of the 41st annual ASCAP Country Music Awards at Nashville’s Opryland Hotel, proving once again that ASCAP songs are at the heart of the success of country music. Among those in attendance were Kenny Chesney, Rodney Crowell, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Diamond Rio, Ray Benson, Lonestar, Chris Cagle, Dierks Bentley, Trick Pony, Tammy Cochran, Darryl Worley, Terri Clark, Phil Vassar, Mark Wills, Kellie Coffey, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Aaron Tippin, Brenda Lee, Trace Adkins, Joe Diffie, Radney Foster, Earl Thomas Conley, Jeff Bates and Chalee Tennison. The black-tie gala evening of awards and music featured an Eclectic Southern Elegance theme and was co-hosted by ASCAP’s Senior Vice President Connie Bradley and CEO John LoFrumento.


Publisher of the Year &ndash EMI Music Publishing
Pictured (l-r) are ASCAP Country Music Publisher of the Year EMI Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier with EMI's Tom Luteran, Bob Flax and Gary Overton.


Wal-Mart Receives The ASCAP Partners In Music Award
This year’s ASCAP Partners In Music Award recipient was Wal-Mart. Pictured above is Vincent Candilora, left, ASCAP’s Senior Vice President/Director of Licensing, presenting the award to Jeff Maas, Wal-Mart Buyer of Domestic Music. This prestigious award recognizes a licensee who has shown exceptional dedication to promoting and expanding the reach of country music.

The evening’s top honors were awarded to: Craig Wiseman: ASCAP Songwriter of the Year for his hit singles “American Child,” “The Cowboy In Me,” “The Good Stuff,” and “Young;” Alan Jackson: Songwriter/Artist of the Year for “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning),” and “Work In Progress;” and EMI Music Publishing: Publisher of the Year for “19 Somethin’,” “American Child,” “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” “Forgive,” “Have You Forgotten,” “I Don’t Want You To Go,” “I Just Wanna Be Mad,” “I Should Be Sleeping,” “ I’m Gonna Miss Her,” “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive,” “Life Happened,” “Modern Day Bonnie And Clyde,” “My Heart Is Lost To You,” “One More Day,” “That’s Just Jessie,” “That’s When I Love You,” “The Impossible,” “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning),” “Work In Progress,” and “Wrapped Around.”

Craig Wiseman was awarded ASCAP’s Country Song of the Year Award (honoring the most performed country song of 2002) for Billboard’s Country Single of the Year, “The Good Stuff,” published by BMG Songs, Inc. and Mrs. Lumpkin’s Poodle Music. Performed by multi-platinum selling artist Kenny Chesney, “The Good Stuff” spent seven weeks at number one on the country radio charts. Chesney and his co-producer Buddy Cannon were honored with awards for their recording of the song.

Among the evening’s highlights was the posthumous presentation of The ASCAP Foundation Lifetime Achievement Awards to the late Johnny Cash and the late June Carter Cash. Presented by ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento, the award was accepted on behalf of the Cash family by Chelsea Crowell, granddaughter of Johnny and June.

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Craig Wiseman and BMG Music Score Country Song of the Year Honors
Pictured (l-r) at the ASCAP Country Music Awards are Ron Stuve, Scott Francis, Michelle Berlin, Karen Conrad, ASCAP Board member Nicholas Firth, Wiseman, Chris Oglesby, Connie Bradley and John LoFrumento.

For a full list of ASCAP Country Music Award winners, visit

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