Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame And NSAI Announce Awards
October 19, 2009 at 8:21 AM (PT)
Songwriters KYE FLEMING and MARK D. SANDERS and late Country icon TAMMY WYNETTE were inducted into the NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME during the organization's "39th Anniversary Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony," held last night (10/18) at the RENAISSANCE NASHVILLE HOTEL.
FLEMING, who was inducted by BARBARA MANDRELL said: "I'm honored to receive this award; it's drawn my attention to 30 years of a life I have loved. I deeply appreciate everyone who has co-created it with me."
The late BILL HALL was named the recipient of the NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME FOUNDATION MENTOR AWARD, which is given to someone in the industry who has taken special care to nurture and encourage songwriters.
The NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL also presented its annual SONGWRITER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS. "Waitin' on A Woman," by DON SAMPSON and WYN VARBLE was named "Song of the Year." VARBLE also won the "Songwriter of the Year" prize.
The "Songwriter/Artist of the Year" was presented to TAYLOR SWIFT. TOBY KEITH was named "Songwriter/Artist of the Decade" and CRAIG WISEMAN was named "Songwriter of the Decade," for 2000-2009.
The writers of NSAI's Professional Songwriters division also singled out 10 songs for their awards dubbed "The Songs I Wish I'd Written." The list included "Down the Road" written by MAC McANALLY, "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven" by JIM COLLINS and MARTY DODSON, "I Told You So" written by RANDY TRAVIS, "In Color" written by JAMEY JOHNSON, LEE THOMAS MILLER and JAMES OTTO, "Johnny & June" by DEANNA BRYANT, HEIDI NEWFIELD and STEPHONY SMITH, "Last Call" by ERIN ENDERLIN and SHANE McANALLY (Erin Enderlin, "People Are Crazy" written by BOBBY BRADDOCK and TROY JONES, "Troubadour" by MONT HOLMES and LESLIE SATCHER, "Waitin' On A Woman" by DON SAMPSON and WYNN VARBLE and "What Hurts The Most" written by STEVE ROBSON and JEFFREY STEELE.