Twelve tunesmiths took home a CMA Triple Play trophy during this year’s annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon and awards presentation on Jan. 29 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville.
“Nashville is legendary for its songwriters and CMA is proud to recognize this important segment of our industry,” observed Steve Moore, CEO for the CMA, via a Jan. 29 email shared with Examiner. “It is an honor to present these songwriters and songwriting artists with the Triple Play Award and acknowledge this incredible accomplishment and their significant contributions to our format.”
The CMA Triple Play Awards honor songwriters who pen three chart-topping hits in a 12-month period. During the event, CMA Board Chairman Troy Tomlinson, president and CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville, handed out the three-peat trophies
The recipients of this year’s CMA’s Triple Play Award, in alphabetical order, are as follows:
- Dierks Bentley: “Am I The Only One,” “Home,” “5-1-5-0”
- Rodney Clawson: “Drink On It,” “Drunk On You,” “Take A Little Ride”
- Eric Church: “Drink In My Hand,” “Springsteen,” “Creepin’”
- Brantley Gilbert: “Dirt Road Anthem,” “Country Must Be Country Wide” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”
- Ben Hayslip: “Honey Bee,” “I Don’t Want This Night To End,” “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”
- Dave Haywood: “Just A Kiss,” “We Owned The Night,” “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”
- Josh Kear: “Dancin’ Away With My Heart,” “Drunk On You,” “Blown Away”
- Charles Kelley: “Just A Kiss,” “We Owned The Night.” “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”
- Shane McAnally: “Alone With You,” “Come Over,” “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”
- Eric Paslay: “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” “Angel Eyes”
- Neil Thrasher: “Tattoos On This Town,” “Banjo,” “Fly Over States”
- Chris Young: “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” “You”
As for some of the winners’ reactions, “I’m so grateful to be a part of the Nashville family,” remarked three-peat songster Paslay said. “One of my biggest dreams was to have a song on country radio. Getting a No. 1 was sugar on top. Being honored by the CMA with a Triple Play Award has made 2012 the sweetest year of my life so far!”
Fellow winner McAnnally, meanwhile, said, “Considering my love for country music and my lifelong dream to have songs on the radio, I am blown away by the idea that I would have a No. 1 at all, much less three in one year.”
During the luncheon, Tomlinson also presented a $250,000 donation from the CMA Foundation to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation to help construct the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at the new Music City Center and “Songwriters Square,” an exterior plaza and walkway leading into center, which will be engraved with the names of hall’s members and the titles of their most-beloved compositions.
Video bonus: To see Chris Young perform one of his Triple Play Award-winning songs, “Tomorrow,” simply access the video embedded with this post.