BMI honors Dwight Yoakam, top country songwriters
NASHVILLE, TENN. >> Country music singer, songwriter and actor Dwight Yoakam was honored by performing rights organization BMI for his trailblazing and highly unique style of California country rock.
The organization gave the Grammywinner the President’s Award, as well as honored many of country’s top songwriters and artists, during a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.
Born in Kentucky, Yoakam bypassed the Nashville scene and moved to California, where the Bakersfield-style of country music became one of his big influences.
He’s had hits with “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere” and “Fast As You,” and several platinum-selling albums.
Country singers Jon Pardi, Margo Price and the group The Highwomen with Jason Isbell performed some of Yoakam’s songs during the ceremony.
Other top country songwriters were also honored, including Nicolle Galyon and Ross Copperman.
Galyon became the first female songwriter to win BMI’s country songwriter of the year since Taylor Swift in 2010.
Dwight Yoakam and Emily Joyce arrive at the 67th annual BMI Country Awards ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.