Nashville Lifestyles Magazine: Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner

October 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 Dickey Lee and Layng Martine Jr.
 Deborah Allen and Gretchen Peters
 Dierks & Cassidy Bentley
 Carol Ann Etheridge Ford & Mark Ford
 Rodney Crowell, Brandy Clark, Gretchen Peters & Trisha Yearwood
 John Anderson, David Conrad & Bobby Bare
 Tom Douglas
 Larry Henley, Jerry Foster & Pat Alger
 Kenny O'Dell & John Anderson

Dickey Lee and Layng Martine Jr
 Tony Arata & Hugh Prestwood
Tony Arata and Hugh Prestwood
 (Photo Credit: All Images ) Bev Moser / Moments By Moser
Tony Arata and Hugh Prestwood

John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Fame during the organization's 44th Anniversary Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony, held last night at the Music City Center. The event celebrated the musical contributions of the newest inductees through star-studded performances of some of their biggest hits. In a special tribute alongside the Hall of Fame inductions, Hall of Fame songwriters Matraca Berg and Don Schlitz presented the Frances Williams Preston Mentor Award to publisher Pat Higdon. The evening also featured a special presentation to Troy Tomlinson, president and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville, in appreciation for his efforts to raise funds for the construction of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Music City Center. In addition to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductions, NaSHOF's fellow songwriters organization, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), presented its annual Songwriter Achievement Awards. The organization's professional songwriter members voted “Automatic” (written by Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert / recorded by Miranda Lambert) as their Song of the Year. The Songwriter of the Year prize went to Ashley Gorley. The Songwriter/Artist of the Year was awarded to Jack White.

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