BMI honors Dwight Yoakam, top country songwriters

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — 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 Grammy-winner the President’s Award on Tuesday, as well as honoring many of country’s top songwriters and artists, during a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.

Yoakam said in an interview that he just did what he felt was honest as a musician and didn’t consider any other path. He’s had hits with “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere” and “Fast As You,” and several platinum-selling albums.

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.

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