Warner/Chappell Music Sweeps Country Music Week, Named ASCAP’s Publisher of The Year for Third Year Running

Liz Rose Wins SONG OF THE YEAR CMA for Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush”

Chris Stapleton Wins CMA MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR, NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR, and ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Little Big Town Wins CMA SINGLE OF THE YEAR, SONG OF THE YEAR, and VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR (Fourth Year Running)

Ashley Gorley Named ASCAP SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR for Second Year in a Row

Lee Thomas Miller Receives Inaugural BMI CHAMPION AWARD

Warner/Chappell Music (WCM) and its songwriters have swept Country Music Week in Nashville, with the company being named ASCAP Publisher of the Year for the third year in a row, and its songwriters taking home a collective 31 Country Music Awards from the three major performing rights organizations, including: 17 ASCAP “Most Performed Song” Awards, 10 BMI “Top Song” Awards, and four SESAC “Country Performance Activity” Awards. In addition, WCM's Ashley Gorley was named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, and WCM songwriter and NSAI President Lee Thomas Miller was given the inaugural BMI Champion Award for his advocacy on behalf of music creators. At last night’s CMA Awards, WCM songwriter Liz Rose won the Song of the Year CMA for “Girl Crush,” from WCM songwriters Little Big Town, who also won Single of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year (fourth year running). WCM songwriter Chris Stapleton won all three awards he was nominated for: Male Vocalist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year for Traveller, which was produced by WCM songwriter Dave Cobb.

“We’re extremely happy to see our songwriting partners recognized for their world-class talent,” said Ben Vaughn, Executive Vice President, Warner/Chappell Nashville. “I speak for our whole team when I say what a privilege it is to work with such an amazingly gifted roster. I’d also like to give special congratulations to Ashley Gorley, Lee Thomas Miller, Liz Rose, Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton for their prestigious honors, as well as thank all our friends at ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and the CMA for their generous recognitions. It’s been an amazing week.”

“The Nashville songwriting community has had a banner year, creating timeless songs that have really galvanized country music fans,” said Jon Platt, CEO, Warner/Chappell Music. “Our WCM songwriters and staff, led by the incomparable Ben Vaughn, are making huge contributions to modern country music, and it’s great to see their work applauded so enthusiastically by their peers and colleagues across the industry." 

Below is a list of Warner/Chappell’s Country Music Week Song Award Wins: 

ASCAP “Most Performed Song” Award Winners

Marc Beeson for “We Are Tonight”

Zach Crowell for “Cop Car,” “See You Tonight,” and “Where It’s At”

Ashley Gorley for “I See You,” “Just Gettin’ Started,” “Play It Again,” “Rewind,” “See You Tonight,” and “Yeah”

Ben Hayslip for “Keep Them Kisses Comin'” and “Small Town Throwdown”

Dave Haywood for “Bartender”

Brett James for “Baby Be My Love Song,” “Bottoms Up,” and “Something in the Water”

Matt Jenkins for “Cop Car” and “Where It’s At”

Charles Kelley for “Bartender” and “Homegrown Honey”

Danny Orton for “19 You + Me”

Daniel Smyers for “19 You + Me”

Justin Weaver for “Bottoms Up”

BMI “Top Song” Award Winners

Johnny Bulford for “Lonely Eyes”

Karen Fairchild for “Day Drinking”

David Frasier for “Drinking Class”

Nicolle Galyon for “Automatic”

Brantley Gilbert for “Bottoms Up” and “Small Town Throwdown”

Marv Green for “Shotgun Rider” and “Who I Am With You”

Jason Matthews for “Lonely Eyes”

Lee Thomas Miller for “Perfect Storm”

Phillip Sweet for “Day Drinking”

Laura Veltz for “Lonely Eyes”

Jimi Westbrook for “Day Drinking”

Justin Wilson for “Later On”

SESAC “Country Performance Activity” Award Winners

Allison Moorer for “Down to Believing”

Hillary Scott for “Bartender,” “Freestyle,” and “Long Stretch of Love”

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