The venerable singer-songwriter Don Williams has been given the Golden Note Award from the American Society of Composers, Artists and Publishers (ASCAP) for a lifetime of quality work.  Last Sunday also saw Brad Paisley honored as Songwriter/Artist of the Year for the second time by the performing rights society.

The presentations were made at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Music City.

To add to the honor bestowed on Don Williams, several artists contributed to performances of his songs.  Those artist participating included performances by Keith UrbanLittle Big Town and Lee Ann Womack, performing Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good.

Those honored with past Golden Note Awards include Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntireJD Souther, Stevie Wonder, André Previn and Tom Petty.  

Brad Paisley was presented his second ASCAP Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year award.  He last won in 2004.

Miranda Lambert's beautiful, The House That Built Me was voted the country song of the year.  That tune was written byt Allen Shamblin.

ASCAP awarded the Global Impact Award, that recognizes a song that has had significant influence across multiple formats to Josh Kear for Need You Now from Lady Antebellum.

It was a very special Sunday night as songwriters and perfomrers from many, many genres gathered to show their support to the nominees and honorees.  

Our congratulations to all the winners.  And on a personal note, I'm really glad to see these types of recognitions going to a great singer and very talented songwriter like Don Williams.  I've been playing his music since I first got into country music radio.  He's never disappointed as far as I'm concerned.

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