Images: Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and Fellow Country Music Stars at 2014 SESAC Nashville Music Awards

The first week of November is always one of the biggest weeks in country music! Last night Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and fellow country music songwriters were honored at the SESAC Nashville Music Awards. Later this week we’ll get to see our favorite country music singers perform at the 48th annual CMA Awards hosted by seven time hosts, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood!

 

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards - Show  NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Shannon Hatch, Tim Fink, Lance Miller, Tim McGraw, Brad Warren, Bret Warren and John Mullins onstage at the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards – Show
NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 02: Shannon Hatch, Tim Fink, Lance Miller, Tim McGraw, Brad Warren, Bret Warren and John Mullins onstage at the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

 

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards - Show  NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: SESAC songwriter of the year Rob Hatch accepts award from Tim Fink, Shannon Hatch and John Mullins of SESAC onstage at the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards – Show
NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 02: SESAC songwriter of the year Rob Hatch accepts award from Tim Fink, Shannon Hatch and John Mullins of SESAC onstage at the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

 

 

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards - Show  NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: SESAC songwriter of the year Rob Hatch accepts award onstage at the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards – Show
NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 02: SESAC songwriter of the year Rob Hatch accepts award onstage at the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

 

 

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards - Show  NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Lee Brice and Randy Hauser perform onstage at the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards – Show
NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 02: Lee Brice and Randy Hauser perform onstage at the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

 

 

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards - Show  NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: (L-R) Tim Fink Vice-President, Writer/Publisher Relations, SESAC, Shannon Hatch, Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, SESAC, Award recipient Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and John Mullins, Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations SESAC onstage at the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards – Show
NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 02: (L-R) Tim Fink Vice-President, Writer/Publisher Relations, SESAC, Shannon Hatch, Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, SESAC, Award recipient Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and John Mullins, Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations SESAC onstage at the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

 

 

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards - Show  NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Tim McGraw accepts award with Shannon Hatch, Tim Fink and John Mullins onstage at the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards – Show
NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 02: Tim McGraw accepts award with Shannon Hatch, Tim Fink and John Mullins onstage at the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

 

 

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02:  Tim McGraw speaks onstage at the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC) *** Local Caption *** Tim McGraw

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 02: Tim McGraw speaks onstage at the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

 

 

 

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards - Arrivals  NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Artists Dustin Lynch, Cary Barlowe and Tim Fink Vice-President, Writer/Publisher Relations, SESAC attend the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards – Arrivals
NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 02: Artists Dustin Lynch, Cary Barlowe and Tim Fink Vice-President, Writer/Publisher Relations, SESAC attend the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

 

 

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02:  Award recipients Jerrod Niemann and Randy Hauser attend the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC) *** Local Caption *** Jerrod Niemann; Randy Hauser

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 02: Award recipients Jerrod Niemann and Randy Hauser attend the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

 

 

 

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards - Arrivals  NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Award recipient Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum attends the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards – Arrivals
NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 02: Award recipient Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum attends the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

 

 

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02:  Award recipient Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum attends the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC) *** Local Caption *** Hillary Scott

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 02: Award recipient Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum attends the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

 

 

 

 

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02:  Dustin Lynch attends the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC) *** Local Caption *** Dustin Lynch

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 02: Dustin Lynch attends the SESAC 2014 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty

SESAC Celebrates Songwriters & Publishers at

 

2014 Nashville Music Awards

 

Rob Hatch Named Songwriter of the Year

 

“Drink To That All Night” Named Song of the Year

 

Magic Mustang Music Named Publisher of the Year

 

(Nashville, Tenn.): SESAC, the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization, kicked off CMA Week by honoring the songwriters and music publishers behind the year’s most-performed Country and Americana songs at the organization’s Nashville Music Awards held Sunday, November 2,  at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

 

Rob Hatch, who topped the charts with smash hits such as “Goodnight Kiss” by Randy Houser and “I Don’t Dance” recorded by Lee Brice, was named SESAC’s Songwriter of the Year.

 

“Drink To That All Night,” written by Lance Miller and published by Songs of StyleSonic Music, Melvin’s Pistol Music and Melvin’s Bullets Music, was named Song of the Year. The song was recorded by Jerrod Niemann who was on hand to open up the show with the infectious party anthem.

 

Magic Mustang Music was honored as Publisher of the Year at the event.

 

The awards dinner featured an evening of memorable musical performances, including Niemann’s rousing take on his No.1 hit “Drink To That All Night,” and a stunning offering by Lee Brice and Randy Houser who wowed the crowd with acoustic versions of their respective hits, “I Don’t Dance” and “Goodnight Kiss,” both written by Hatch.

 

The festive black-tie event honored the writers and publishers behind the year’s biggest hits with awards being presented to the elite group of creative talent. More than 500 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals attended the gala evening, including Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Broken Bow Records recording artist Dustin Lynch, Keifer Thompson and Shawna Thompson of the CMA Award-winning duo Thompson Square.

 

Founded in 1930, making it the second oldest performing rights organization in the U.S., SESAC’s repertory has diversified to include today’s most popular music, including R&B, Hip-Hop, Dance, Classic Rock, Country hits, the best of Latin music, Contemporary Christian, Jazz, and TV and Film music from Hollywood’s hottest composers. SESAC prides itself on developing individual relationships with both songwriters and publishers. SESAC’s corporate headquarters in Nashville houses all of the company’s divisions, from creative to licensing to administration. The company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London. For more information, please visit www.sesac.com.

 

A complete list of SESAC Award Recipients Follows:

 

Songwriter of the Year:

 

Rob Hatch

 

Song of the Year:

 

“Drink To That All Night”

 

Written by Lance Miller

 

Published by Melvin’s Bullets Music, Melvin’s Pistol Music, Songs of StyleSonic Music

 

Recorded by Jerrod Niemann

 


Publisher of the Year:

 

Magic Mustang Music

 

Country Performance Activity Awards:

 

“All Alright”

 

Written by Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette

 

Published by Day for the Dead Publishing, Rosest Music

 

Recorded by Zac Brown Band

 

Bartender”

 

Written by Hillary Scott

 

Published by Hobbs Hill Publishing

 

Recorded by Lady Antebellum

 

“Beer With Jesus”

 

Written by Lance Miller

 

Published by Melvin’s Bullets Music, Melvin’s Pistol Music, Songs of StyleSonic Music

 

Recorded by Thomas Rhett

 

“Cruise”

 

Written by Chase Rice

 

Published by Artist Revolution Publishing

 

Recorded by Florida Georgia Line

 

“DONE.”

 

Written by Jacob Bryant, John Davidson

 

Published by Castle Bound Music

 

Recorded by The Band Perry

 

“Drink To That All Night”

 

Written by Lance Miller

 

Published by Melvin’s Bullets Music , Melvin’s Pistol Music, Songs of StyleSonic Music

 

Recorded by Jerrod Niemann

 

“Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About”

 

Written by Keifer Thompson

 

Published by Barragina Music, Legends of Magic Mustang Music

 

Recorded by Thompson Square

 

 

 

“Goodnight Kiss”

 

Written by Rob Hatch

 

Published by Legends of Magic Mustang Music, Way Down the Hatch Music Publishing

 

Recorded by Randy Houser

 

 

 

“I Don’t Dance”

 

Written by Rob Hatch

 

Published by Legends of Magic Mustang Music, Way Down the Hatch Music Publishing

 

Recorded by Lee Brice

 


“Wagon Wheel”

 

Written by Bob Dylan

 

Published by Special Rider Music

 

Recorded by Darius Rucker

 

 

 

“Where It’s At (Yep, Yep)”

 

Written by Cary Barlowe

 

Published by Castle Bound Music, We Be Pawtying

 

Recorded by Dustin Lynch

 

 

 

AMERICANA HONOREES

 

Bad Self Portraits

 

Contributions by Rachael Price

 

Published by Rachael Price Music, WBM Music Corp

 

Recorded by Lake Street Dive

 

BLUESAmericana

 

Contributions by Pete Sallis, Victoria Shaw

 

Published by Song Alert Publishing, Tunes of R&T Direct, Victoria Shaw Songs

 

Recorded by Keb’ Mo’

 

Build Me Up From Bones

 

Contributions by Bob Dylan

 

Published by Ram’s Horn Music

 

Recorded by Sarah Jarosz

 

Daylight & Dark

 

Contributions by Hayes Carll, Jason Eady, Jim Lauderdale, Kelley Mickwee

 

Published by BMG Cicada Music, Ginger Dragon Music, Highway 87 Publishing, Jason Eady Music, Sandalwood Songs, WBM Music Corp

 

Recorded by Jason Eady

 

Hard Working Americans

 

Contributions by Hayes Carll, Kieran Kane

 

Published by Family Style Publishing, Glacier Park Music, Highway 87 Publishing, Little Duck Music

 

Recorded by Hard Working Americans

 

High Life

 

Contributions by Bob Dylan

 

Published by Big Sky Music

 

Recorded by Charlie Robison

 


Let It Go

 

Contributions by Adam Chaffins

 

Published by Chaffins Publishing

 

Recorded by The Infamous Stringdusters

 

Magpie and the Dandelion

 

Contributions by Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford

 

Published by First Big Snow Publishing, NemoIVMusic, Ramseur Family Fold Music, Truth Comes True Publishing

 

Recorded by The Avett Brothers

 

Out Among the Stars

 

Contributions by Rick Scott

 

Published by Tunes From the Farm, Unbridled Spirit Music

 

Recorded by Johnny Cash

 


Put Your Needle Down

 

Contributions by Bob Dylan

 

Published by Special Rider Music

 

Recorded by The Secret Sisters

 

Remedy

 

Contributions by Bob Dylan

 

Published by Special Rider Music

 

Recorded by Old Crow Medicine Show

 

Sunday Morning Record

 

Contributions by Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist

 

Published by Three Pisces Music, Victrolacaster Music

 

Recorded by The Band of Heathens

 

 

 

Tell the Ones I Love

 

Contributions by Jonathan Byrd

 

Published by Jonathan Byrd Music

 

Recorded by Steep Canyon Rangers

 

 

 

The Red Album

 

Contributions by Jonathan Byrd

 

Published by Jonathan Byrd Music

 

Recorded by Red Molly

 

 

 

 

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