Ross Copperman Wins 2020 BMI Songwriter of the Year

Congrats to all the year's big winners!

Written by Chris Parton
Ross Copperman Wins 2020 BMI Songwriter of the Year
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - FEBRUARY 25: Ross Copperman performs during the CMA Song Writers Series Featuring The 11th Annual CMA Triple Play Award Winners at Marathon Music Works on February 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Tunesmith Ross Copperman has been named the 2020 BMI Songwriter of the Year, nabbing one of his craft’s top prizes at the 68th Annual BMI Country Awards. 

Put on each year by Broadcast Music, Inc. — one of the Nashville companies keeping track of how many times each song is played across the globe, and then making sure the people who created it get paid — the awards are a celebration of the most performed country songs of the year. And this year’s big winner had a hand in six of the Top 50. Earning the award for the fourth time of his career, Ross Copperman co-wrote smash 2020 hits including “Catch” (Brett Young), “Living” (Dierks Bentley), “Love Ain’t” (Eli Young Band), “Love Someone” (Brett Eldredge), “Tip of My Tongue” (Kenny Chesney) and “What She Wants Tonight” (Luke Bryan).

Meanwhile, “Whiskey Glasses” (performed by Morgan Wallen) was named the 2020 BMI Song of the Year, giving co-writer Ben Burgess his first BMI award. The song has been certified triple platinum and was a multi-week Number One at country radio, also topping Billboard’s year-end charts as the top Country song of 2019. Likewise, Warner Chappell was named Publisher of the Year for the third year in a row. 

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We’re thrilled to celebrate our exceptional family of songwriters and publishers behind the most exciting #Country Music happening today. Their songs have truly marked milestones in our lives and we’re so proud to honor them here. Beyond their incredible music, this community moves and inspires us every day through the dedication they show to their fans and the support they show one another. Tap the 🔗 in our bio to for exclusive video content from some of the biggest names in the industry, fun facts about our 20 talented first-time winners, some must-see performances, a special photo gallery, and an exclusive feature with #BMIIcon @DollyParton on the art and soul of songwriting. In keeping with our tradition, we’ll also honor the Country Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Publisher of the Year and the 50 most performed Country songs of the past year. Congratulations to all! 💙🎶🎉🎊#BMICountryAwards #Songteller

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The awards ceremony also celebrated the songwriters and publishers of the 50 most-performed country songs of the previous year, a list that includes hits like “Heartache Medication” (Jon Pardi), “Look What God Gave Her” (Thomas Rhett), “More Hearts Than Mine” (Ingrid Andress), “Old Town Road (Remix)” (Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) and “Tip of My Tongue.” More information on the year’s top songs is available on the 68th Annual BMI Country Awards website.

“This year has been a challenge for all of Music City, but this community has adapted beautifully and supported one another so unfailingly,” said Clay Bradley, VP, Creative Nashville. “Though this ceremony may look different, BMI is as proud as ever to once again honor the most performed songs of the year.”

See a full list of this year’s honorees here.