ASCAP has named its award winners at its annual awards gala held Monday night at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium. Among them is Kenny Chesney who wins the ASCAP Voice of Music Award, when accepting which the star says "First and foremost, I consider myself a songwriter." Chesney's next album "The Road and the Radio," reportedly will be released next month.
Also granted an award at the 43rd Annual ASCAP is Craig Wiseman of group Rascal Flatts who is given the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year prize for singles "In a Real Love," "Live Like You Were Dying," "Rough and Ready" and "That's What It's All About." Moreover, the Tim McGraw hit "Live Like You Were Dying," which Wiseman co-wrote with Tim Nichols, is named Song of the Year.
Elsewhere, John Rich of duo Big & Rich, is named ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year. Rich's credits include the Big & Rich hits, "Holy Water" and "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," as well as Gretchen Wilson's "Here for the Party," "Redneck Woman" and "When I Think About Cheatin'." Congrats to you all.