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Swift, Sherrill win BMI honors

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 – Taylor Swift and Billy Sherrill won major awards at the 2010 BMI Country Music Awards held Tuesday in Nashville. Swift took won country song of the year for the third consecutive year, setting a record. At 20, Swift also was the youngest person ever to win the BMI country songwriter of the year prize.

Sherrill, 74, received a BMI Icon Award for career achievement from the performing rights organization.

Swift received the honor for her songs Fifteen, White Horse and You Belong With Me along with her co-write of Kellie Pickler's Best Days of Your Life.

You Belong With Me, written by Swift and Liz Rose, was BMI's country song of the year. Swift's Love Story won in 2009, while Teardrops On My Guitar, co-written with Rose, took the honor in 2008.

Sherrill, who worked with Charlie Rich and Tammy Wynette, produced in a countrypolitan style. He has won more BMI country awards than any other songwriter. Sherrill received a tribute from artists singing his songs - Ronnie Dunn sang The Most Beautiful Girl, Martina McBride performed Til I Can Make It On My Own, Faith Hill offered Stand By Your Man, and George Strait was the voice behind My Elusive Dreams.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing won its ninth straight BMI country publisher of the year award, for hit titles including You Belong With Me, Fifteen, I Run To You and People Are Crazy. Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is a performing rights organization that represents more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. BMI collects license fees from businesses that use music and distributes those fees as royalties to the music's creators and copyright owners.

Publisher Of The Year

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville (Sony/ATV Acuff Rose, Sony ATV Songs LLC And Sony/ATV Tree)
"All I Ask For Anymore"
"American Ride"
"Best Days Of Your Life"
"I Run To You"
"I'm Alive"
"Living For The Night"
"Love Your Love The Most"
"Only You Can Love Me This Way"
"People Are Crazy"
"Southern Voice"
"White Horse"
"White Liar"
"Why Don't We Just Dance"
"You Belong With Me"

2010 BMI Country Awards Award-Winning Songs (title, songwriter(s), publisher(s), performing artist)

"All I Ask For Anymore" Casey Beathard, Tim James Sony/ATV Acuff Rose, T-Bird's Music, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. Trace Adkins

"Always The Love Songs" George Ducas Pure Blue Music Eli Young Band

"American Ride" Dave Pahanish, Joe West Songs For My Good Girl, Sony/ATV Tree, Totally Wrighteous Music Toby Keith

"Barefoot And Crazy" Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc., Rhettneck Music, String Stretcher Music Jack Ingram

"Best Days Of Your Life" Taylor Swift Sony/ATV Tree, Taylor Swift Music Kellie Pickler

"Big Green Tractor" Jim Collins Hope-N-Cal Music, Sexy Tractor Music Jason Aldean

"Bonfire" Tom Botkin, Kevin Denney, Craig Morgan Botkin Music, Craven Music, Key Brothers Music, KRD Music, Magic Mustang Music, Inc., Nashvistaville Songs, Triple Shoes Music Craig Morgan

"Boots On" Randy Houser, Brandon Kinney Burn 1 Baby Music, How 'Bout That Skyline Music, Kinney Empire Music, Songs Of Windswept Pacific Randy Houser

"The Climb" Jon Mabe Mabe It Big Music, Music Of Stage Three Miley Cyrus

"Consider Me Gone" Marv Green Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. Reba McEntire

"Cowboy Casanova" Carrie Underwood Carrie Okie Music Carrie Underwood

"Do I" Luke Bryan, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley Bug Music, DWHaywood Music, Murrah Music Corporation, Planet Peanut Music, Radiobulletspublishing, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. Luke Bryan

"Fifteen" Taylor Swift Sony/ATV Tree, Taylor Swift Music Taylor Swift

"Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)" Cory Batten, Kent Blazy I Want To Hold Your Songs Chris Young

"Here Comes Goodbye" Chris Sligh Bridge Building Music Rascal Flatts

"Hillbilly Bone" Luke Laird High Powered Machine Music, Universal Music-Careers Blake Shelton Featuring Trace Adkins

"I Run To You" Tom Douglas, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley DWHaywood Music, Radiobulletspublishing, Sony/ATV Tree, TomDouglasMusic, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. Lady Antebellum

"I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes" Brett Beavers Chestnut Barn Music, Chrysalis One Songs Dierks Bentley

"I'll Just Hold On" Troy Olsen, Bryan Simpson Hillbilly Poetry, Mr. Noise Music Blake Shelton

"I'm Alive" Dean Dillon Sixteen Stars Music, Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Kenny Chesney Featuring Dave Matthews

"It Happens" Kristian Bush, Bobby Pinson Bobby's Song And Salvage, Dirkpit Music, EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc., Music Of Stage Three Sugarland

"It's America" Angelo Slanky Dank, Songs Of Windswept Pacific Rodney Atkins

"Kiss A Girl" Keith Urban Mary Rose Music, Songs Of Universal, Inc. Keith Urban

"A Little More Country Than That" Wynn Varble Precious Flour Music, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. Easton Corbin

"Living For The Night" Dean Dillon, Bubba Strait Living For The Night Music, Sixteen Stars Music, Sony/ATV Acuff Rose George Strait

"Lost You Anyway" Toby Keith, Bobby Pinson Bobby's Song And Salvage, Music Of Stage Three, Tokeco Tunes Toby Keith

"Love Your Love The Most" Eric Church, Michael Heeney Sinnerlina, Sony/ATV Acuff Rose, Sony/ATV Tree Eric Church

"Need You Now" Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, DWHaywood Music Radiobulletspublishing, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. Lady Antebellum

"Nothin' To Die For" Lee Thomas Miller New Songs Of Sea Gayle, Noah's Little Boat Music Tim McGraw

"One In Every Crowd" Ira Dean, Eddie Montgomery Plowin' Ground Music, White Monkey Music Montgomery Gentry

"Only You Can Love Me This Way" Steve McEwan (PRS), John Reid Birds With Ears Music, EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc., Sony/ATV Songs LLC Keith Urban

"People Are Crazy" Bobby Braddock, Troy Jones Crozier Music Enterprise LLC, Sony/ATV Tree, Tiltawhirl Music Billy Currington

"Red Light" Melissa Peirce BMG Platinum Songs Us, Roger's Dream Music David Nail

"Ride" Michael Davey, Andrew Dorff, Chris Robbins Cartunez, How 'Bout That Skyline Music, Songs Of Mighty Isis Martina McBride

"She's Country" Danny Myrick, Bridgette Tatum Cackalacki Twang, Root 49 Music, Soulride Music Jason Aldean

"Sideways" Jim Beavers Beavertime Tunes, Sony/ATV Tree, Dierks Bentley

"Small Town USA" Justin Moore Universal Music-Z Songs, West Bay St. Music Justin Moore

"Sounds Like Life To Me" Phil O'Donnell, Wynn Varble Daphil Music, Immokalee Music, Precious Flour Music, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. Darryl Worley

"Southern Voice" Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas Love Monkey Music, Sony/ATV Tree, TomDouglasMusic Tim Mcgraw

"Strange" Wendell Mobley Boatwright Baby, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. Reba McEntire

"That's How Country Boys Roll" Dallas Davidson EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc., String Stretcher Music Billy Currington

"Toes" Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, John Hopkins, Shawn Mullins Angelika Music, Brighter Shade Publishing, Roadieodie Music, Weimerhound Publishing Zac Brown Band

"The Truth" Ashley Monroe Reynsong Publishing Corporation Jason Aldean

"Whatever It Is" Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette Angelika Music, Weimerhound Publishing Zac Brown Band

"Where I'm From" Patrick Davis EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc., Patrick Davis Music Jason Michael Carroll

"White Horse" Liz Rose, Taylor Swift Cake Taker Music, Sony/ATV Tree, Taylor Swift Music Taylor Swift

"White Liar" Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert Pink Dog Publishing, Sony/ATV Tree, Tiltawhirl Music Miranda Lambert

"Why Don't We Just Dance" Jim Beavers Beavertime Tunes, Sony/ATV Tree Josh Turner

"Wild At Heart" Stephanie Bentley Fru Fru Music Gloriana

"You Belong With Me" Liz Rose, Taylor Swift Sony/ATV Tree, Taylor Swift Music, Wagnerville Music Taylor Swift

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