Wednesday, 2 November 2016

54th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards

October 31, 2016

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews

On Halloween, ASCAP presented a night of incredible treats for its 54th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The event brought out a who’s who of country hitmakers and luminaries.

Peter Frampton and Ricky Skaggs pose 
onstage during the 54th 
annual ASCAP Country Music awards at the 
Ryman Auditorium on 
Oct 31, 2016 in Nashville, TN.
(Oct. 30, 2016 - Source:
 Michael Loccisano/Getty Images North America)
Bluegrass and country pioneer Ricky Skaggs (a pioneer of bluegrass and country music with 14 Grammys and more than 30 albums to his credit) was honored in song before receiving the ASCAP Founders Award.

Garth Brooks performed “Highway 40 Blues” with Sam Bush and Justin Moses, Alison Krauss, with Jamey Johnson and Suzanne and Sidney Cox of the Cox Family, performed “Waitin’ for the Sun to Shine;” and Peter Frampton and Gordon Kennedy performed “My Cup Runneth Over.”

The ASCAP Founders Award is given to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators.
Hit songwriter Ashley Gorley took home ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year for the third time in a row and the fourth time in his career, for his seven chart-topping songs from 2015.

After a video salute from Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell the audience was treated to a Trace Adkins performance of the Gorley #1 hit, “You’re Gonna Miss This.”
University of Kentucky men's basketball head Coach John Calipari surprised Gorley, a huge University of Kentucky Wildcats, with remarks and presented him with the award on stage.

Chris Stapleton was honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award which recognizes the impact of songwriters on genres that are shaping the future of music. ASCAP Senior Creative Director Mike Sistad presented award who was an early Stapleton backer.

TJ and John Osborne, aka Brothers Osborne, performed “Stay a Little Longer,” which received Song of the Year.

The star-studded audience enjoyed performances of ASCAP’s top 5 country music songs of the year: “I’m Comin’ Over” by songwriter Corey Crowder and recording artist Chris Young; “Save It for a Rainy Day” by songwriters Matthew Ramsey and Brad Tursi; “Gonna” by songwriter Craig Wiseman with Luke Laird; and “Nothin’ Like You” by Dan + Shay and songwriters Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley.

The ASCAP Publisher of the Year Award was presented to Warner/Chappell Music Publishing for publishing 18 of the most-performed ASCAP country songs of 2015, and earned the top publisher award for the fourth consecutive year.

ASCAP honored iHeart Radio personality Bobby Bones with its Partners in Music Award.

Kelsea Ballerini kicked off the evening with a performance of her hit song, “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

Below: Singer songwriter Kelsea Ballerini, Josh Kerr and writers receive award onstage during the 54th annual ASCAP Country Music awards at the Ryman Auditorium on October 31, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.
(Oct. 30, 2016 - Source: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images North America)

Above: Trace Adkins, John Calipari, Ashley Gorley and Paul Williams pose onstage during the 54th annual ASCAP Country Music awards at the Ryman Auditorium on October 31, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.
(Oct. 30, 2016 - Source: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images North America)

The Awards are presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (“ASCAP”), 1900 Broadway, New York, 10023.

A. Song Eligibility                      
Musical compositions eligible for Awards consideration   are those works in the ASCAP Repertory as of October 1, 2016    

The  Award  Winning  Songs are determined according to the following methodology:
(a) For all Eligible Songs, radio airplay (which is referred to as “Spins”) is calculated based upon Mediabase’s “Country Overall” Published Panel consisting of the top 125 songs (the “Mediabase            Country Panel”), for each quarter during the period from April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016 (the “Core Awards Period”)…. PDF File Rules

2016 ASCAP Country Music Awards

Song Of The Year

Stay A Little Longer”: Writers: John Osborne, Tj Osborne/ publishers: King Pen Music, Songstein Publishing, Trampy Mccauley, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing/ artist: Brothers Osborne

Top Five Songs

Gonna”: Writer: Craig Wiseman/ publishers: Big Loud Shirt, Red Toe Rocker, Round Hill Songs/ artist: Blake Shelton

I’m Comin’ Over”: Writer: Corey Crowder / publishers: Liz Rose Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing/ artist: Chris Young

Nothin’ Like You”: Writers: Chris Destefano, Ashley Gorley, Daniel Smyers/ publishers: Beats And Banjos, Combustion Music, Sony Atv Music Publishing, Sugar Glider Music Publishing, Tape Room Music, Warner / Chappell Music Publishing/ artist: Dan + Shay

Save It For A Rainy Day”: Writers: Matthew Ramsey, Brad Tursi/ publishers: Music Of Rpm, Songs Of Big Deal, Sonic Geo Music
artist: Kenny Chesney

Award-Winning Songs  A -Z...Full List


Kelsea Ballerini and Cassadee Pope hit up the 2016 ASCAP Country Music Awards meeting up with RaeLynn, Tristan McIntosh, plus duos Dan + Shay, and Maddie & Tae inside the event.

For the ASCAP event, Kelsea wore a Hayley Paige "Rooney" gown from the Red Carpet collection dress (Spring 2017 Collection). She added open gold Marchesa heels, jewelry from David Yurman, Modern Moghul, Onirikka and Suzanne Kalan, and carried a Marchesa clutch. She was styled by Nashville Fashion stylist and editor Krista Roser.

Hair and glam came courtesy of Leigh Edwards & Co. with hair and makeup provided by Neil Robison.
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Maddie & Tae were in attendance at the ASCAP 2016 Country Event. 

Maddie Marlow (L): 
Wore a House of CB Russett Two Piece Bustier Trouser set (Product). 
Chic yet sexy 'Rosalva' is beautifully made from a lightweight crepe and features wide leg pants and a co-ordinating wrap bustier top. 

The trousers feature a flat front, wide leg cut with side zipper for easy-on. She added Chinese Laundry shoes carried a Judith Leiber clutch with jewelry by Noudar, Borgioni, Le Vian, and Doves. Makeup was by Tarryn Feldman Hair: Kristen Carbine

Taylor Dye (R):
Wore a short sleeve ivory vintage Malcolm Starr mini dress which had an embossed pattern. 
She added Stuart Weitzman shoes and Maxior and Yvel jewels.

Maddie and Tae rocked casual outfits when also pictured performing at CMT’s Next Women of Country on Tuesday (November 1).

22-year old “Love Triangle” singer RaeLynn was wearing a one shoulder Romona Keveลพa dress (one of Hollywood Royalty's Most Iconic And Celebrated Designers) which had an encrusted sparkly sash, a fitted bodice and an attached flowing see-thru train. 
She added sandas and Effy Jewelry with makeup by traveling artist Aubrey Jones based in Nashville.
About ASCAP 
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 600,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at, and on Facebook.

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