President Jimmy Carter, Justin Timberlake honor Trisha Yearwood at ASCAP awards in Nashville

ASCAP awards
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – President Jimmy Carter and pop superstar Justin Timberlake surprised attendees at this year’s ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville.

They both stepped on stage at the Omni Hotel to honor Trisha Yearwood with the Voice of the Music Award, ultimately presented to her by President Carter.

Trisha Yearwood, ASCAP awards
Trisha Yearwood with News 2’s Stephanie Langston (Photo: WKRN

The award is given to songwriters and artists “whose music gives voice to the spirit of a generation, according to ASCAP.

Lady Antebellum took the stage afterward to kick-off the tribute to Yearwood, and Luke Bryan also made a surprise appearance to perform.

The event honors the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most-performed country songs from April 1, 204 until March 31, 2015.

Country crooner Sam Hunt took home awards for both Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year for his hit “Leave the Night On.”

Ashley Gorley was named Songwriter of the Year and Warner Chappell was named Publisher of the Year.

The Top 5 Songs of the Year were:

  • “Play It Again,” Ashley Gorley; No. 1 single for Luke Bryan
  • “I See You,” Ashley Gorley, No. 1 single for Luke Bryan
  • “Get Me Some of That,” Michael Carter, No. 1 single for Thomas Rhett
  • “Drinking Class,” Josh Kear, No. 2 single for Lee Brice
  • “Leave the Night On,” Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne; No. 1 hit for Sam Hunt.
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