Red Carpet coverage from the 2012 BMI Awards

Dallas Davidson and Luke Laird shared the Songwriter of the Year crown contributing five songs each to the year’s most-performed list. Davidson is the writer behind hits such as Luke Bryan‘s “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” Justin Moore‘s “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” and Lady Antebellum‘s “Just a Kiss.” Laird penned smash hits such as Sara Evans “A Little Bit Stronger,” Miranda Lambert‘s “Baggage Claim,” and “Drink in My Hand”"by Eric Church. “Take a Back Road” by Rodney Atkins, which Laird wrote with fellow BMI songwriter Rhett Akins, was named Song of the Year. The song had more than one million performances in 2011 alone, making it one of the most-performed songs of the year in any genre of music. The night’s powerful musical tribute to Tom T. Hall, honored with the ICON award, featured recent chart-toppers The Avett Brothers, who took the stage to deliver Tom T. Hall’s classic “That’s How I Got To Memphis.” In total, Hall has earned a staggering 31 BMI Awards for songwriting spanning country and pop genres, and six of his songs have accumulated more than one million performances each. In 2008, he was welcomed into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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