Country crossover artist Sam Hunt walked away with the coveted Songwriter-Artist of the Year award at this year’s ASCAP Country Music Awards.
Hunt wrote four of the forty-six most-played songs of the past year, resulting in a much-deserved sweep at the Nov. 2 ceremony. He and ASCAP co-writer Josh Osborne also walked away with the song of the year award for his breakthrough number one hit, “Leave The Night On”.
“It’s really special,” A humbled Hunt told Billboard of his nominations. “It’s interesting to see our songs in the same conversation with all these other great songs.” Hunt’s rapid rise to fame seems to still be setting in for the Georgia native.
“I bought a cheap acoustic pawn-shop guitar the summer after I graduated from high school because I was bored,” Hunt explained in his acceptance speech. “And it’s amazing now thinking about how such a seemingly insignificant moment in my mind had such a drastic impact on the rest of my life.”
Trisha Yearwood was another big winner at the star-studded ceremony. The acclaimed artist was honored with the ASCAP Voice of Music Award, presented by President Jimmy Carter. Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire and Yearwood’s stepdaughter Allie Brooks all provided heartfelt renditions of the 51-year-old’s biggest career hits.
The members of Old Dominion were also honored for their individual achievements after performing their latest track, “Break Up with Him.” Lead singer Matthew Ramsey and keyboardist Trevor Rosen were recognized for writing Dierks Bentley‘s “Say You Do”, while guitarist Brad Tursi was honored for co-writing Tyler Farr‘s “A Guy Walks Into A Bar”.
To continue your country awards fix, be sure to tune into the 49th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 4.