BMI Awards honor country music’s greatest songwriters

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Every big name in country music is in Nashville for the Country Music Awards.

But on the eve of the big night is the BMI Awards, which honors songwriters and publishers.

Those songwriters include Jaida Dreyer, who was honored for her No. 1 country hit “Home Alone Tonight. It was recorded by Luke Bryan, who stopped outside the BMI building and took pictures with fans.

“If you don’t have the song, you don’t have very much,” Dreyer said. “So it’s nice to be here and celebrate that.”

BMI songwriter of the year Ross Copperman told News 2 what it’s like to write a song. He’s written thirteen #1 country hits.

“It’s never easy,” he said. “Every time you write a song it’s like you’ve forgotten how to do it. Then you’re like ‘oh yeah, I kind of remember’ and the next day you forgot again.”

Tyler Johnson co-wrote Cam’s “Burning House.” It’s like you couldn’t turn on the radio this summer without hearing their song.

“You know how it is to hear a song a bunch and then you hate it because it’s overplayed,” he joked. “But I feel honored and humbled to be recognized tonight.”

For those not in the music industry, Chris Young says everyone can feel the vibe in Nashville during CMA week; it’s electrifying.

“It does kind of feel like the town gets a hold of that and everybody vibes off of it,” he said. “Which is really cool.”

Kenny Chesney was honored with the BMI President’s Award Tuesday night.