Catt Gravitt Is SESAC’s Top Songwriter, Jon Stone’s "A Woman Like You" Best Song

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Catt Gravitt Is SESAC’s Top Songwriter, Jon Stone’s "A Woman Like You" Best Song

Published on October 29, 2012 by CMT News

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum (left), songwriters Catt Gravittbrand Jon Stone and Lee Brice

The SESAC performance rights organization declared Catt Gravitt its songwriter of the year Sunday evening (Oct. 28) during
a gala black-tie celebration at the Pinnacle Symphony Place in downtown Nashville.

“If you had told me that in full-blown
menopause I’d be accepting an award like this, I would have been shocked,” said the demonstrably shocked Gravitt as she held
the award she’d won on the strength of such recently recorded compositions as “Alone
With You,”
“Why Ya Wanna” and “Amen.”

Jon Stone copped song of the year honors for “A Woman Like
You,”
a hit for Lee Brice. Brice performed the song to voluminous applause
shortly before the award was announced.

The publisher of the year trophy went to Sony ATV/EMI Foray for having published
the hits “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night,” “Dancin’
Away With My Heart,” “Wanted You More,” “Just
a Kiss”
and “A Little Bit Stronger.”

In addition
to Brice, the evening’s performers included Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers,
Jerrod Niemann, Thompson
Square
, Gary Burr, Victoria Shaw, Don Henry, Kim Williams and Monty Powell.

SESAC’s president and chief operating
officer Pat Collins welcomed the audience of approximately 400 songwriters, publishers and associated music industry figures
with the news that SESAC will henceforth pay royalties to its writers and publisher on a monthly rather than the standard
quarterly basis.

The first performances paid tribute to Nashville’s endlessly influential Bluebird Café with
a songwriter-in-the-round segment during which Burr, Shaw, Williams and Henry took turns performing samples of their hits.

Burr
did “I Try to Think About Elvis” (Patty Loveless) and “That’s My Job”
(Conway Twitty). Shaw followed with “The River” (Garth
Brooks
) and “I Love the Way You Love Me” (John Michael Montgomery).

Williams
offered “Three Wooden Crosses” (Randy Travis) and “Papa Loved Mama” (Garth Brooks). Henry contributed “Where’ve
You Been” (Kathy Mattea) and “All Kinds of Kinds” (Miranda
Lambert
).

Already the focal point of the 1993 movie The Thing Called Love, the Bluebird Café is heightening
its fame as an incubator of songwriting talent via its prominence in the new ABC-TV prime-time series Nashville.

Charles
Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio, actors in the series, came to the stage to talk about the Bluebird’s importance
and to tip their hats to the club’s founder Amy Kurland and its current general manager Erika Wollam Nichols, both of whom
were in the crowd.

The duo Thompson Square then took the stage to sing their newest single, “If I Didn’t Have You,”
which, Keifer Thompson noted, is going for radio adds on Monday (Oct. 29).

Prior to handing out its country awards,
SESAC disclosed its Americana music winners. SESAC’s Dennis Lord, a pioneer in the movement, told the crowd that the recent
Americana awards show had been broadcast on the AXS TV popular culture cable network, Nashville radio station WSM-AM, NPR.org,
Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country and is being packaged to air on Austin City Limits.

Following the announcement
of these awards, Avett, lead singer of the Avett Brothers, came on to sing “Ballad of Love and Hate” from their album Emotionalism.
He then accepted the SESAC Summit Award for the Avetts’ musical achievements.

Tim Fink, SESAC’s vice president of writer-publisher
relations and the event’s primary host, praised songwriter and SESAC affiliate Tim Johnson, who died recently after a lengthy
battle with cancer.

Powell, who co-wrote with Keith Urban the song
“For You” for the military-themed movie Act of Valor, sang it,
accompanied by Anna Wilson. Fink announced that in honor of America’s Special Operations Forces, spotlighted in the movie,
SESAC will donate to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Niemann and Brice wrapped up the musical part of the
ceremonies by performing “Shinin’ on Me” and “A Woman like
You,” respectively.

The evening closed out at 10:25 with a few attendees lingering for drinks and the rest scurrying
for the elevators.

View photos
from the event.

Here is the complete list of the recipients at the 2012 SESAC Nashville Music Awards:

Songwriter
of the Year: Catt Gravitt
Song of the Year: “A Woman Like You,” Jon Stone (songwriter)
Publisher of the Year: Sony ATV/EMI
Foray Music

Country Performance Activity Awards

“Alone With You”
Catt Gravitt

“Why Ya Wanna”
Catt
Gravitt

“Amen”
Catt Gravitt

“A Woman Like You”
Jon Stone

“Let’s Don’t Call It a Night”
Brice
Long

“Shinin’ on Me”
Rob Hatch, Lance Miller

“For You”
Monty Powell

“Dancin’ Away With My Heart”
Hillary
Scott

“Wanted You More”
Hillary Scott

“Just a Kiss”
Hillary Scott

“A Little Big Stronger”
Hillary
Scott

“Cost of Livin’”
Phillip Coleman

“Fish”
Craig Campbell, Arlos Smith, Ashe Underwood

“Tomorrow”
Anthony
Smith

Americana Performance Activity Awards

Bob Dylan
For contribution to the album The Lost Notebooks
of Hank Williams

Recorded by various artists

Bob Dylan
For
contributions to the album Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan
Recorded by various artists

Bob Dylan
For
contribution to the album Slipstream
Recorded by Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Bramlett
For contribution to the
album Slipstream
Recorded by Bonnie Raitt

Robert Johnson
For contribution to the album Light in the
Sky

Recorded by Red Molly

Jonathan Byrd
For contribution to the album Light in the Sky
Recorded
by Red Molly

Dustin Welch
For contribution to the album Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
Recorded
by Justin Townes Earle

Ray
Wylie Hubbard

For contribution to the album Grifter’s Hymnal
Recorded by Ray Wylie Hubbard

Ray Wylie
Hubbard
For contribution to the album What the Hell Is Going On?
Recorded by Paul Thorn

Liz Foster
For
contribution to the album Grifter’s Hymnal
Recorded by Ray Wylie Hubbard

Charlie Shafter
For contribution
to the album Grifter’s Hymnal
Recorded by Ray Wylie Hubbard

Jim
Lauderdale

For contribution to the album Carry Me Back
Recorded by Old
Crow Medicine Show

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