SESAC Awards Honor Songwriters and Publishers in Nashville, TN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Awards week kicked off in Music City on Sunday night, ahead of the 56th annual CMA Awards on Wednesday night.

The SESAC Performing Rights Organization has held its annual awards to honor those behind some of the biggest songs in the industry. The event took place at the Country Music Hall of Fame in person for the first time in three years, honoring the songwriters and music publishers behind the most-played country and American songs of the year.

Lee Brice and Blanco Brown kicked off the evening by performing the recently certified gold hit “Soul”.

“Buy Dirt” featuring Luke Bryan helped Josh Jenkins win the night’s biggest prize as SESAC’s Songwriter of the Year. “Buy Dirt” is also up for two CMA Awards, including Song of the Year.

“I think for us it’s a really special song. We wrote it during COVID at a retreat and sat around talking about our families and our faith, so we just wrote a song about what we love. So for it to come to life it has to be ACM, NSAI and obviously CMA this week, it’s been really special,” Josh’s brother Matt Jenkins told News 2 before taking the stage to perform. the tube.

While the CMA Awards are billed as “country music’s biggest night,” it’s nights like this that truly make Music City’s heart beat faster.

“The greatest songwriters in the world are here and a lot of superstars wouldn’t be superstars without the songwriters, so I think it’s so important that we have these nights to honor them. I’m more impressed with the songwriter awards than by artist awards,” said Runaway Jane’s Jennifer Wayne, who was honored for writing Keith Urban’s “Wild Hearts.”

Jenee Fleenor, reigning CMA Musician of the Year and 2022 nominee, spoke about the importance of lyrics on the red carpet, saying, “I always say that as a musician in the studio, lyrics really tell me. what to play and I’m also a songwriter and it’s such an important part of this industry so it’s just awesome that they honor songwriters.

On Monday night, the 60th Annual ASCAP Awards will continue the tradition of honoring those behind the songs.

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