Songwriters Inducted Into Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame
October 8, 2012 at 10:37 AM (PT)
As previously reported by ALL ACCESS (NET NEWS 8/20), Country artist and songwriter MARY CHAPIN-CARPENTER, along with songwriters TONY ARATA, LARRY HENLEY, and KIM WILLIAMS are the newest inductees into the NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME.
The 42nd Anniversary Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony took place LAST NIGHT (10/7) at the RENAISSANCE NASHVILLE HOTEL, and showcased some of the inductees’ musical contributions with performances of their biggest hits. Artists such as GARTH BROOKS, MARC COHN, BEKKA BRAMLETT and many others performed at the night’s event.
ARISTA NASHVILLE artist KIX BROOKS, DON COOK and PAUL WORLEY announced that the 2012 recipient of the FRANCES WILLIAMS PRESTON MENTOR AWARD is former President and CEO of SONY/ATV NASHVILLE, the late DONNA HILLEY.
The NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME’s sister organization, NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL also presented its annual “Songwriter Achievement Awards” at the event last night. DOLLY PARTON’s “I Will Always Love You” won SONG OF THE YEAR, TAYLOR SWIFT won SONGWRITER/ ARTIST of the year for the 5th time, and DALLAS DAVIDSON took the award for SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR.
“It was an evening worthy of these great songwriters and the contributions they have made to put the music in MUSIC CITY,” said Chairman of the NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME FOUNDATION, JOHN VAN MOL. “The evening also capped a week of major news for the NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME. We announced last week that the HALL OF FAME will soon have a physical home in the brand new MUSIC CITY CENTER (NET NEWS 10/4), where people will be able to see, hear and learn about the contributions and work of NASHVILLE’s best songwriters,” he continued.