Tim McGraw Among Honorees at 2023 Nashville Songwriter Awards

Tim McGraw is among the honorees at the 2023 Nashville Songwriter Awards.

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Presented by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the ceremony will honor McGraw with the President’s Keystone Award. Hit songwriter Bobby Braddock will receive the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award and President & CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association, David Israelite, will receive the NSAI Advocacy Award.

McGraw is being honored for his, “significant contributions to the industry for the betterment of all songwriters,” as described in a press release. Throughout his career, some of McGraw’s biggest hits have been written by Nashville songwriters including “Live Like You Were Dying” (Craig Wiseman and Tim Nichols), “Humble and Kind” (Lori McKenna), “Just to See You Smile” (Mark Nesler and Tony Martin), “Grown Men Don’t Cry” (Tom Douglas and Steve Seskin), among several others.

“Tim McGraw has been recording great songs by Nashville Songwriters for over three decades,” NSAI Board President Steve Bogard, who personally chose McGraw for the award, says in a press statement. “On hit after hit, whether rocker or ballad, his artistry and moving performances bring our stories to life and take Nashville’s music across genres and platforms around the world.”

Braddock is receiving NSAI’s highest honor for writing some of country music’s biggest hits including “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” by Tammy Wynette and “I Wanna Talk About Me” by Toby Keith. Israelite is receiving the Advocacy Award for his work on the Music Modernization Act and the Copyright Royalty Board.

The 6th annual Nashville Songwriter Awards take place on September 26 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The ceremony will also recognize the to-be-announced NSAI Song, Songwriter, and Songwriter-Artist of the Year.

At the 2022 ceremony, Taylor Swift was honored as the Songwriter-Artist of the Decade, while hit songwriter Ashley Gorley was named Songwriter of the Decade.

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