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Published: 11/8/2011

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SESAC Holds 2011 Nashville Music Awards


Hillary Scott Named Songwriter Of The Year
“Tomorrow” Wins Song Of The Year Honors for Anthony Smith
EMI Foray Music & Hillary Dawn Songs Named Publishers Of The Year

SESAC awarded Hillary Scott with top honors at the “SESAC Nashville Music Awards” when she was named Songwriter of the Year at the event which was held November 7, at The Pinnacle at Symphony Place. The awards were hosted by SESAC’s Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Tim Fink, at Nashville’s elegant Pinnacle Building at Symphony Place.

“Tomorrow,” written by Anthony Smith and a No.1 hit for country artist Chris Young, was named SESAC’s Song of the Year.



SESAC’s Publisher of the Year honors went to EMI Foray Music and Hillary Dawn Songs.

Scott, a member of platinum-selling group Lady Antebellum, was honored for a total of four awards during the evening’s festivities including three No.1 hits by her group and “A Little Bit Stronger,” a chart-topper for Sara Evans. In just a few short years, Scott and Lady A have become one of music’s most successful and celebrated acts with multiple No. 1 smashes and a multitude of CMA, ACM, CMT and Grammy awards. 

SESAC also recognized the major impact and growing relevance of the Americana format during the evening's festivities.  SESAC is the only performing rights organization that honors the Americana genre at their songwriting events, and honored the work from such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Jim Lauderdale and Hayes Carll among others.



A number of show-stopping performances were offered, first by SESAC affiliate Craig Campbell who kicked off the festivities with a sterling version of his tongue-in-cheek hit “Fish” which was also honored with a performance award for the writers which included Campbell, Arlos Smith and Ashe Underwood, all SESAC affiliates. Americana great, Jim Lauderdale, also turned in a stellar performance and was also on hand to accept a couple of awards for his songwriting triumphs on cuts by Elvis Costello and George Strait.

Ronnie Dunn was also on hand to deliver a stunning acoustic version of his hit, “Cost Of Livin’”, which garnered a performance award for the writer, Phillip Coleman.  The stark acoustic rendering of the song coupled with Dunn’s mesmerizing vocal delivery provided a dramatic and powerful moment for the attendees.

Song of the Year recipient, Anthony Smith, was surprised and moved by the appearance of artist/songwriter Chris Young who stopped by the event to present Smith with the accolade for their collaboration on the No. 1 song, “Tomorrow,” which Young recorded.

Another of the evening’s highlights was the presentation of Songwriter of the Year honors to Hillary Scott when SESAC’s Tim Fink announced a donation to the myLIFEspeaks charity in support of their missionary work in earthquake ravaged Haiti.  Scott, who has made several trips to the decimated country, tearfully accepted the donation.

The elegant, black-tie soiree honored the writers and publishers behind the year’s biggest hits with awards being presented to the elite group of creative talent drawing over 400 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals. The star-studded attendees included Lady Antebellum, Jim Lauderdale, Edens Edge, Ronnie Dunn, and Chris Young among many others.

A COMPLETE LIST OF SESAC AWARD RECIPIENTS FOLLOWS:

Songwriter of the Year:
Hillary Scott

Song of the Year:
“Tomorrow”
Written by: Anthony Smith
Recorded by Chris Young
Publisher: Dreams To Music & Grand Poobah Publishing

SESAC Publisher of the Year:
EMI Foray Music & Hillary Dawn Songs



COUNTRY PERFORMANCE ACTIVITY AWARDS:

"A Little Bit Stronger"
Written by Hillary Scott
Recorded by Sara Evans
Published by Hillary Dawn Songs / EMI Foray Music

"Tomorrow"
Written by Anthony Smith
Recorded by Chris Young
Published by Dreams To Music / Grand Poobah Publishing

"Just A Kiss”
Written by Hillary Scott
Recorded by Lady Antebellum
Published by Hillary Dawn Songs / EMI Foray Music

"Family Man"
Written by Craig Campbell
Recorded by Craig Campbell
Published by Acoustic Peanut Publishing / Melodies of Bigger Picture

"Beautiful Every Time"
Written by Lance Miller
Recorded by Lee Brice
Published by Melvin's Bullets Music / Melvin's Pistol Music / Songs of StyleSonic Music

"Cost Of Livin’"
Written by Phillip Coleman
Recorded by Ronnie Dunn
Published by Tractor Radio Songs

"Fish"
Written by Craig Campbell / Arlos Smith / Ashe Underwood
Recorded by Craig Campbell
Published by Jeff, Jack and the Mule Music / Acoustic Peanut Publishing / Melodies of Bigger Picture / Geormac Music

"Amen "
Written by Catt Gravitt
Recorded by Edens Edge
Published by Ink Pen Mama Music / Songs of Maxx Publishing / Tunes of R and T Direct

"Our Kind Of Love”
Written by Hillary Scott
Recorded by Lady Antebellum
Published by Hillary Dawn Songs / EMI Foray Music 

"Need You Now"
Written by Hillary Scott
Recorded by Lady Antebellum
Published by Hillary Dawn Songs / EMI Foray Music

"I Gotta Get To You"
Written by Blaine Larsen & Jim Lauderdale
Recorded by George Strait
Published by Blaine Larsen Music / Slay The Dragon Music / Chrysalis One Tunes / Wudang Mountain Songs

"’Til Summer Comes Around"
Written by Monty Powell
Recorded by Keith Urban
Published by Eden Valley Music / ole

AMERICANA PERFORMANCE ACTIVITY AWARDS:

Bob Dylan
For contribution to the album The Grand Theatre, Volume One
Recorded by Old 97’s
Published by Special Rider Music 

Bob Dylan 
For contribution to the album The Party Ain’t Over
Recorded by Wanda Jackson
Special Rider Music

Bob Dylan
For contribution to the album Follow Me Down
Recorded by Sarah Jarosz
Published by Special Rider Music

Bob Dylan
For contribution to the album Keys To The Kingdom
Recorded by North Mississippi Allstars
Published by Dwarf Music

Jonathan Byrd
For contribution to the album Chicken & Egg
Recorded by Tim O’Brien
Published by Jonathan Byrd Music 

Hayes Carll
For contribution to his album KMAG YOYO
Recorded by Hayes Carll
Published by Highway 87 Publishing

Colin Brooks
For contribution to the album Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster’s Son
Recorded by The Band Of Heathens
Published by Brooks Wood Products

Seth Avett
For contribution to the album Fixin’ To Die
Recorded by G. Love
Published by First Big Snow Publishing

Jim Lauderdale
For contribution to the album National Ransom
Recorded by Elvis Costello
Published by Wudang Mountain Songs