‘Dying’ day: McGraw hit tops BMI Country Awards
By Chris Morris
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Tim McGraw’s hit “Live
Like You Were Dying,” penned by Tim Nichols, scored the Robert
J. Burton Award as most-performed song of the year at BMI’s
annual Country Awards, staged Tuesday at the performing rights
organization’s Nashville office.
Harley Allen, Big Kenny of the songwriting/producing team
Big & Rich and Richie McDonald of Lonestar shared songwriter of
the year honors.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville collected publisher of
the year kudos, with 15 of the year’s most-performed
Charlie Daniels, this year’s BMI Icon, received a salute
from Travis Tritt and Montgomery Gentry at the ceremony.
“Live Like You Were Dying,” published by Nichols Worth
Music and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., spent 10 weeks at
No. 1 and has won multiple awards from the Recording Academy,
the Country Music Assn. and the Academy of Country Music, among
Allen, Big Kenny and McDonald each had three tunes on the
list of most-performed songs. Allen was represented by “Awful,
Beautiful Life,” “If Nobody Believed in You” and “My Last
Name”; Kenny by “Holy Water,” “Here for the Party” and “Save a
Horse (Ride a Cowboy)”; and McDonald by “Let Them Be Little,”
“Mr. Mom” and “Let’s Be Us Again.”