The SESAC Awards show Sunday night kicked off a big week of honors in Music City.
The show is just ahead of the ASCAP, BMI and CMA award shows on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Sunday night, singers and songwriters paid tribute to the Bluebird Café, where many played in the beginning of their musical careers.
“To the Bluebird Café, for their 30 years of just an unbelievable existence,” exclaimed star of ABC's “Nashville”, Charles Esten. “It's the Mecca for songwriters, they respect songwriters and [the Bluebird Café] treats them well. So that's why we're here, to say thank you on behalf of the others.”
Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott told Nashville's News 2, “I played the Bluebird Café for the first time when I was 16 years old, with Victoria Shaw, who was my first publisher and a dear friend.”
Scott continued, “I tell anybody who's coming to Nashville for the first time, don't come to Nashville and not go to the Bluebird. It is a must stop.”
“The Bluebird is definitely a place where, ‘ya know, historically there's been more hit songwriters come through that place than not,” country singer Craig Campbell added. “For them to be honoring the Bluebird it's pretty cool.”
“The Bluebird is Nashville and what I love about it, it's right around the corner from my house,” country artist, James Otto, told Nashville's News 2. “I play there usually every couple of months, and it's the best writer's night in town. It showcases writers and really gives them the time on stage they deserve.”
The ASCAP Awards are Monday night followed by the BMI Awards Tuesday night.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host the 46th Annual CMA Awards Thursday night.
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney are expected to perform at the awards show. There will also be a special performance by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
The CMA Awards begins at 7 p.m. on Nashville's News 2.