Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inducts Class of 2016, NSAI Presents Songwriter Achievement Awards
October 10, 2016 at 8:15 AM (PT)
AARON BARKER, BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN, BOB MORRISON, and the late TOWNES VAN ZANDT were officially inducted into the NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME last NIGHT (10/9) at the 46th annual NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME GALA. Held at the MUSIC CITY CENTER, the event celebrated the musical contributions of the inductees through performances of their biggest hits.
Performers included WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN, PHIL VASSAR, MO PITNEY, PAM TILLIS, RICKY SKAGGS, and more. In addition to the inductions, HOF songwriters PAT ALGER, MAC DAVIS, and RAY STEVENS presented the FRANCES WILLIAM PRESTON Mentor Award to the late BILL LOWERY.
The NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCATION INTERNATIONAL (NSAI) also presented its annual Songwriter Achievement Awards. "Humble And Kind," written by LORI MCKENNA and recorded by TIM MCGRAW, won Song of the Year; ASHLEY GORLEY won Songwriter Of The Year; and COLE SWINDELL won Songwriter/Artist of the Year. The 10 Songs I Wish I'd Written honorees included: "Break Up In A Small Town," "Burning House," "Buy Me A Boat," "Die A Happy Man," "I Got The Boy," "JOHN COUGAR, JOHN DEERE, JOHN 3:16," "Like A Wrecking Ball," "My Church," "Record Year," and "Sangria." For a full recap of the inductions and awards, visit here.