SESAC Celebrates Songwriters and Publishers at 2018 Nashville Music Awards Matt McGinn Named Songwriter of the Year
“Heaven” Named Song of the Year
SMACKWORKS MUSIC Named Publisher of the Year
SESAC Inc., celebrated its songwriters and music publishers behind the year’s most-performed country and Americana songs at the company’s annual Nashville Music Awards, tonight, Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.
Matt McGinn, who has topped the charts with “Heaven,” performed by Kane Brown, was named SESAC’s Songwriter of the Year. The multi-week, No. 1 multi-Platinum-selling “Heaven,” published by SMACKWORKS MUSIC and Kobalt Group Publishing, was named SESAC Song of the Year. Winning its first-ever Publisher of the Year accolade was SMACKWORKS MUSIC during the event.
McGinn’s co-writer and Lindsay Rimes, along with friends Aaron Eshuis and Joey Hyde, performed the No. 1 song “Heaven” in his honor. RCA Nashville recording artist Ryan Hurd was also on hand to present McGinn with his Songwriter of the Year Award.
In addition to celebrating songwriters and publishers, the Veteran’s Day event recognized America’s bravest men and women of the armed forces during the awards show. SESAC honored the Folds of Honor Foundation and its mission for providing educational scholarships to families of the fallen and disabled service members, and recognized Lee Brice, a SESAC affiliate, with an award for his involvement in the establishment of the Folds of Honor Nashville Chapter.
The awards ceremony kicked off with Jamey Johnson and John Carter Cash performing “Spirit Rider” from the recent project Johnny Cash: Forever Words, which assembled an A-list of talent and garnered chart accolades from around the world. Lee Brice also performed a moving tribute of his 2013 CMA Song of the Year “I Drive Your Truck” in honor of Veteran’s Day. Culminating the evening, SESAC affiliates DJ KO, Runaway June, Tyler Rich, Seaforth and Michael Tyler provided musical entertainment with their latest hits.
The festive event, hosted by Shannan Hatch, SESAC’s Vice President of Creative Services, honored top songwriters and publishers behind the year’s biggest hits in the genres of country and Americana. More than 500 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals attended the awards celebration, sponsored in part by W.H. Grant & Sons and Sound Royalties.
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