Keith Urban, Songwriter Bob DiPiero Among Top Winners At BMI Country Awards

Keith Urban and famed songwriter Bob DiPiero were one of the honorees in the 2017 BMI Country Awards on Tuesday night, which have been held in the performing rights organization’s Music Row building.

BMI executives presented all the BMI Champion Award for his work to Urban supporting up and coming musicians and songwriters. DiPiero was awarded BMI’s Icon Award.

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BMI converts the concrete structure into a glamorous event space, installs a point and tents its own parking garage. Hundreds of Music Row executives and singers filled the room, shaking hands and grabbing on a dinner of steak and chicken, cocktails and wine.

Urban was the first honoree of the day. A montage of clips of tributes from individuals in Urban’s life played on the display with Universal Music Group Nashville CEO Mike Dungan speaking to Urban as an ideal individual.  

Urban’s great deeds include helping raise nearly $6 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for the Hall charity concert at Bridgestone Arena, in addition to his support of music education at schools throughout his annual All.

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“Your livelihood is what dreams are made BMI, & rdquo; of&rsquo president and CEO Mike O’Neill informed Urban. “with the same fantasies you are inspiring kids across America During your philanthropy. ”

Urban’s Excursion opener Maren Morris was joined by a group of musicians from Nashville School of the Arts to Do Urban’s hit for the Grace of God.

A humbled Urban recognized the award, explaining that he was far, far from a perfect human being.

“This is a gorgeous honour,” Urban said. “I’m an extremely flawed individual that has been awarded many chances over and over again to receive my (life) jointly and I have people who have stood by me. Every slice of gratitude … I’ve been in this city for 25 decades now, and at that 25 years, I’ve ever been in three rehabs. I have individuals who stood by me that gave me the chance to give back and because they believed in me. I enjoy playing with music. I enjoy writing songs. I love making records. I’m enthused about it. ”

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DiPiero, who has written songs including George Strait’s Clear Sky and s Cash in the Bank & rsquo; John Anderson, has been honored by a slew of celebrity actors. New country hitmaker Jon Pardi performed rsquo the DiPiero-penned Daddy &;s Cash.   Brooks & Dunn delivered a high energy version of You Can’t Take The Honky Tonk Out of Your Girl and Reba McEntire admired him with the 1994 No. 1 Till You Love Me.

“rsquo & Bob;s been composing songs for nearly four decades,” O’Neill stated, including rsquo & DiPiero;50 million performances have been garnered by s songs . “A radio station would need to play (DiPiero’s songs) back to back for 250 years to reach 50 million performances.”

DiPiero admitted the award shaking his head.

“Wow,&rdquo. “Those of you who know me understand that I’m never stuck for something to say. It’s been wonderful. I can’t thank you enough. My life has been saved by music. Music has taken me places that I couldn&rsquo. I’ve been in Nashville a time … but once I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan which was it for me personally. ‘Whatever this is, I wish to do that. ’”

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DiPiero said he read the liner notes Beatles albums and found that John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote many of the tunes. He believed that meant that when he wished to be in music, then he had to compose tunes.

“Should rsquo, they &;re writing songswill write tunes,” he said. “That’s how it began. ”

The night’s other top honorees include Ross Copperman who picked up his second BMI songwriter of the year award. Copperman’s composing credits include LOCASH’s I Know Somebody, Kenny Chesney’s Noise and Setting The World On Fire, Brett Eldredge’s Want Be That Song, Keith Urban’s Break On Me ,   A Thousand Horses’ Smoke and Luke Bryan’s Strip It Away.