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Taylor Swift earns song of year honor

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 – Taylor Swift earned song of the year honors at the 56th Annual BMI Country Awards Tuesday for Teardrops on My Guitar, co-written with Liz Rose.

Casey Beathard earned his second BMI Country Songwriter of the Year crown. Publishing powerhouse Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville claimed its seventh consecutive Country Publisher of the Year title, and an all-star tribute recognized Hank Williams, Jr. as a BMI Icon.

Beathard co-wrote five of the songs in the most-performed list to claim his 2008 Songwriter of the Year title: Rodney Atkins' Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy), Kenny Chesney's Don't Blink, George Strait's How 'Bout Them Cowgirls, Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus's Ready, Set, Don't Go and Tracy Lawrence's Find Out Who Your Friends Are, featuring Chesney and Tim McGraw.

With 15 songs among this year's top 50, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville (through its companies Sony/ATV Acuff Rose, Sony/ATV Melody and Sony/ATV Tree) picked up its seventh consecutive BMI Country Publisher of the Year win. The publishing giant accumulated the highest percentage of copyright ownership thanks to award songs including Never Wanted Nothing More, Famous In a Small Town, Watching Airplanes, Long Trip Alone and Love You.

In the tribute to Williams, performances came from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gregg Allman, Robert Randolph and Chesney.

The 2008 BMI Country Awards also honored hit songwriters Brett Beavers, Shane Minor, Rodney Clawson, Marv Green, Ed Hill and David Lee, along with recording artists/songwriters Luke Bryan, Sugarland's Kristian Bush, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, who each contributed two songs to the top 50 list.

Publishers Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc., Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., Songs of Windswept Pacific and State One Music America each took home three or more awards.

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Fearless CD review - Fearless
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
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