NSAI Honors Songwriters, 'The Songs I Wish I'd Written'
October 12, 2015 at 11:36 AM (PT)
The NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL (NSAI) presented its annual SONGWRITER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS last NIGHT (10/11) at the MUSIC CITY CENTER in NASHVILLE. The association's professional songwriter members voted for Song Of The Year, Songwriter Of The Year, Songwriter/Artist Of The Year, and "The Songs I Wish I'd Written."
Song Of The Year honors went to "Girl Crush," penned by HILLARY LINDSEY, LORI MCKENNA, and LIZ ROSE as recorded by LITTLE BIG TOWN. The writers were on-hand to accept the award and perform the song. Songwriter Of The Year was awarded to RODNEY CLAWSON, co-writer of hits that include "AMERICAN Kids" (KENNY CHESNEY), "Bartender" (LADY ANTEBELLUM), "Burnin' It Down" (JASON ALDEAN), "Dirt" and "Sippin' On Fire" (FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE), and "Lettin' The Night Roll" (JUSTIN MOORE). TAYLOR SWIFT was honored as Songwriter/Artist Of The Year for a record-breaking seventh time in nine years, thanks in part to her self-penned collection of hits from her "1989" album, including "Bad Blood," "Blank Space," "Shake It Off," and "Style."
NSAI's Professional Songwriters Division also singled out their annual list of "The Songs I Wish I'd Written," which included eleven songs this year, due to a tie in voting. Recipients included: MELISSA PEIRCE, JONATHAN SINGLETON, and BRAD TURSI for "A Guy Walks Into A Bar" as recorded by TYLER FARR; KEVIN KADISH and MEGHAN TRAINOR for "All About That Bass" as recorded by TRAINOR; RODNEY CLAWSON, LUKE LAIRD, and SHANE MCANALLY for "AMERICAN Kids" as recorded by KENNY CHESNEY; BARRY DEAN, LAIRD, and SINGLETON for "Diamond Rings And Old Bar Stools" as recorded by TIM MCGRAW with CATHERINE DUNN; CLAWSON and CHRIS TOMPKINS for "Dirt" as recorded by FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE; TAYLOR DYE, MADDIE MARLOW and AARON SCHERZ for "Girl In A Country Song" as recorded by MADDIE & TAE; LEE BRICE, DALLAS DAVIDSON, and ROB HATCH for "I Don't Dance" as recorded by BRICE; ANDREW DORFF, MARK IRWIN, and JOSH KEAR for "Neon Light" as recorded by BLAKE SHELTON; TOM DOUGLAS, JAREN JOHNSTON, and JEFFREY STEELE for "Raise 'Em Up" as recorded by KEITH URBAN with ERIC CHURCH; MAX MARTIN, SHELLBACK, and TAYLOR SWIFT for "Shake It Off" as recorded by SWIFT; and ERIC PASLAY and JENNIFER WAYNE for "She Don't Love You" as recorded by PASLAY.