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Ray Wylie Hubbard, Eric Church, Blanco Brown and Jimmie Allen Wow SESAC’s 2019 Nashville Music Awards

SESAC's Nashville Music Awards were held Sunday (Nov. 10) at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and hosted performances by Blanco Brown, Jimmie Allen and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

Written by Lauren Tingle
Ray Wylie Hubbard, Eric Church, Blanco Brown and Jimmie Allen Wow SESAC’s 2019 Nashville Music Awards
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 10: (L-R) SESAC Sr. Director Creative Services ET Brown, BMG Silver Songs US Jake Gear, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Eric Church, Kos Weaver and SESAC Sr. Director Creative Services Lydia Schultz take photos onstage during the 2019 SESAC Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 10, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ed Rode/Getty Images for SESAC)

It’s going to be pretty tough to top a night that includes the showmanship of Blanco Brown, Jimmie Allen, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Eric Church.

Yet SESAC’s Nashville Music Awards on Sunday (Nov. 10) at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum delivered as the official kickoff of CMA Awards week. The evening celebrated the performing rights organization’s most-performed country and Americana songs. The night’s big winners were Justin Ebach (Songwriter of the Year for Dustin Lynch’s “Good Girl”), Luke Combs’ “Beautiful Crazy” (SESAC Song of the Year for Wyatt Durrette, III) and Warner Chappell Music (Publisher of the Year).

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 10: Blanco Brown (L) and Jimmie Allen attend the 2019 SESAC Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 10, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for SESAC)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – NOVEMBER 10: Blanco Brown (L) and Jimmie Allen attend the 2019 SESAC Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 10, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for SESAC)

Brown wowed attendees with a soul-stirring show opener of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” and then seamlessly transitioned into his runaway No. 1 “The Git Up.” Jimmie Allen performed a moving piano rendition of his record-breaking debut “Best Shot” alongside co-writer and fellow award winner Josh London. Hubbard took the stage last to deliver the Church co-write, “Desperate Man.” Church was among the ceremony’s surprise guests to present Hubbard with his award for the night.

“He’s equal parts poet, bluesman, singer, songwriter, entertainer, troubadour, but he’s entirely my friend and my hero,” Church said.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 10: (L-R) SESAC VP of Creative Services Shannan Hatch, Dustin Lynch, Justin Ebach, SESAC Sr. Director Creative Services ET Brown and SESAC Sr. Director Creative Services Lydia Schultz take photos onstage during the 2019 SESAC Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 10, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ed Rode/Getty Images for SESAC)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – NOVEMBER 10: (L-R) SESAC VP of Creative Services Shannan Hatch, Dustin Lynch, Justin Ebach, SESAC Sr. Director Creative Services ET Brown and SESAC Sr. Director Creative Services Lydia Schultz take photos onstage during the 2019 SESAC Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 10, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ed Rode/Getty Images for SESAC)

The night’s finale was Ebach receiving songwriter of the year from his friend and collaborator, Dustin Lynch.  

Shannan Hatch, SESAC’s Vice President of Creative Services, hosted the ceremony and highlighted the organization’s top songwriters and publishers behind the year’s biggest country and Americana hits. More than 500 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals attended the awards celebration, sponsored in part by Sound Royalties, SunTrust, Sweetwater, Bose and Jostens. 

Country Awards:

“BACK TO LIFE”
Written by: Cary Barlowe, Niko Moon
Published by: Bennetts Dad Songs, Niko Moon Publishing, Roc Nation US Music, Song of Rhythm House Black, Warner Chappell Music
Recorded by: Rascal Flatts

“BEAUTIFUL CRAZY”
Written by: Wyatt Durrette III
Published by: Rosest Music
Recorded by: Luke Combs

“BEST SHOT”
Written by: Jimmie Allen, Josh London
Published by: Castle Bound Music, Red Lining Music, Sony/ATV Lakeview, Songs of Downtown
Recorded by: Jimmie Allen

“BLUE TACOMA”
Written by: Casey Brown
Published by: Not Just Another Song Publishing, So Essential Tunes
Recorded by: Russell Dickerson

“BUY MY OWN DRINKS”
Written by: Jennifer Wayne, Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland
Published by: Hatchoooo Music Publishing, Legends Of Magic Mustang Music, Music Of Platinum Pen, Thunder Cookie, Wild Wild Wild West Songs, BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by: Runaway June

“DESPERATE MAN”
Written by: Ray Wylie Hubbard
Published by: Snake Farm Publishing, BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by: Eric Church

“DRUNK ME”
Written by: Justin Wilson
Published by: Legends Of Magic Mustang Music, Somebody Play It Again Music, BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by: Mitchell Tenpenny

“GIRL LIKE YOU”
Written by: Michael Tyler, Jaron Boyer
Published by: peertunes LTD, MTNOIZE, Jaron Boyer Music
Recorded by: Jason Aldean

“GOOD GIRL”
Written by: Justin Ebach
Published by: Curb Wordspring Music, Memory Days, Warner Chappell Music
Recorded by: Dustin Lynch

“HANGIN’ ON”
Written by: Josh Hoge
Published by: EMI Foray Music, Write 2 Be Free Music
Recorded by: Chris Young

“HERE TONIGHT”
Written by: Justin Ebach
Published by: Curb Wordspring Music, Memory Days, Warner Chappell Music
Recorded by: Brett Young

“MILLIONAIRE”
Written by: Kevin Welch
Published by: Spur 66 Music, Universal Tunes
Recorded by: Chris Stapleton

“RAISED ON COUNTRY”
Written by: Cary Barlowe
Published by: Bennetts Dad Songs, Roc Nation US Music, Song of Rhythm House Black, Warner Chappell Music
Recorded by: Chris Young

“RUMOR”
Written and Recorded by: Lee Brice

“TALK YOU OUT OF IT”
Written by: Alysa Vanderheym
Published by: Castle Bound Music, Songs of Downtown
Recorded by: Florida Georgia Line

Americana Awards:

“NOT MANY MILES TO GO”
Written by: Rosanne Cash
Published by: Chelcait Music, Words & Music Songs
Recorded by: Rosanne Cash

“HIGH STEPPIN'”
Written by: Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford
Published by: Ramseur Family Fold Music, NemoIVMusic, First Big Snow Publishing, Truth Comes True Publishing
Recorded by: The Avett Brothers

“NONE’YA”
Written by: Hayes Carll, Allison Moorer
Published by: Highway 87 Publishing, Bernard House Music, BMG Silver Songs US, Songs of Downtown
Recorded by: Hayes Carll

“TIMES LIKE THESE”
Written by: Hayes Carll
Published by: Highway 87 Publishing, BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by: Hayes Carll