NASHVILLE - It was three cheers for three No. 1s at the annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon with the presentation of the CMA Triple Play Awards, which honor songwriters who pen three chart-topping hits in a 12 month period.
"This is an amazing accomplishment and we are very pleased to honor these talented songwriters, and songwriting artists, for their valued contribution to the format," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "These songwriters captivate fans with stories that sum up the heart and humor of everyday life. They give voice and context to the challenges and triumphs we all face. They each have a rare talent that is a gift for all of us to enjoy."
The Triple Play Awards were presented at the Second Annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon, which was held at the Pinnacle at Symphony Place in Nashville and attended by several artist/songwriters including Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, andKeith Urban in addition to hit tunesmiths from ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, as well as songwriter members of CMA, NSAI, and representatives of some of the most successful publishers in Music City.
"As a trade organization, CMA represents every aspect of the Country Music industry and it's important for us to regularly communicate and reach out to the songwriters with information about what CMA does on their behalf and why it's important to be a member of the CMA," said Victoria Shaw, a noted songwriter/producer and chair of the CMA Community Outreach and Education Committee.
Recognizing excellence in the format is at the foundation of CMA's mission and there were several songwriters on hand to receive Triple Play Awards from CMA Board President Gary Overton, Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO, Moore, and Shaw.