CMA HONORS 15 TRIPLE PLAY AWARDS RECIPIENTS DURING INDUSTRY LUNCHEON

CMA HONORS 15 TRIPLE PLAY AWARDS RECIPIENTS DURING INDUSTRY LUNCHEON

NASHVILLE—The Country Music Association presented its ninth annual Triple Play Awards Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 20, during a private industry luncheon at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works, awarding songwriters who have penned three No. 1 songs within a 12-month period based on the Country Aircheck, Billboard Country Airplay and Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Hosted by Troy Tomlinson, Sony/ATV Music Publishing President and CEO and CMA Board member, trophies were handed out to 15 songwriters this year: Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Ben Hayslip, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Thomas Rhett, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi, Brad Warren and Brett Warren.

Gorley received three trophies in recognition of nine No. 1 songs, bringing his all-time total to eleven Triple Play Awards and making him the most-awarded Triple Play Awards recipient of all time. McAnally received two trophies in recognition of his six No. 1 songs. Thomas Rhett received his first-ever Triple Play Award this year; his father, Akins, was also a recipient this year, marking the first time a father and son received Triple Play Awards in a single year. Throughout the ceremony, videos recorded by each songwriter played before each award was presented, ranging from heartfelt congratulations to hilarious skits. To watch CMA Triple Play Awards highlights, visit CMA’s YouTube channel.

The ninth annual CMA Triple Play Awards recipients were recognized for the following:

Rhett Akins
“Star Of The Show,” recorded by Thomas Rhett
“Dirt On My Boots,” recorded by Jon Pardi
“Small Town Boy,” recorded Dustin Lynch

Ross Copperman
“Wanna Be That Song,” recorded by Brett Eldredge
“Black,” recorded by Dierks Bentley
“If I Told You,” recorded by Darius Rucker

Zach Crowell
“Dirty Laundry,” recorded by Carrie Underwood
“Body Like A Back Road,” recorded by Sam Hunt
“Do I Make You Wanna,” recorded by Billy Currington

Jesse Frasure
“Dirt On My Boots,” recorded by Jon Pardi
“Road Less Traveled,” recorded by Lauren Alaina
“No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” recorded by Old Dominion

Ashley Gorley
“American Country Love Song,” recorded by Jake Owen
“Middle of a Memory,” recorded by Cole Swindell
“Dirty Laundry,” recorded by Carrie Underwood
“A Guy With a Girl,” recorded by Blake Shelton
“Today,” recorded by Brad Paisley
“Dirt On My Boots,” recorded by Jon Pardi
“Black,” recorded by Dierks Bentley
“Do I Make You Wanna,” recorded by Billy Currington
“Unforgettable,” recorded by Thomas Rhett

Ben Hayslip
“Mind Reader,” recorded by Dustin Lynch
“Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day,” recorded by Luke Bryan
“Star Of The Show,” recorded by Thomas Rhett

Sam Hunt
“Make You Miss Me”
“I Met a Girl,” recorded by William Michael Morgan
“Body Like A Back Road”

Shane McAnally
“Different For Girls,” recorded by Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
“I Met a Girl,” recorded by William Michael Morgan
“Body Like A Back Road,” recorded by Sam Hunt
“If I Told You,” recorded by Darius Rucker
“Drinkin’ Problem,” recorded by Midland
“Unforgettable,” recorded by Thomas Rhett

Josh Osborne
“Make You Miss Me,” recorded by Sam Hunt
“Setting the World On Fire,” recorded by Kenny Chesney featuring P!nk
“Body Like A Back Road,” recorded by Sam Hunt

Matthew Ramsey
“Make You Miss Me,” recorded by Sam Hunt
“Song for Another Time,” recorded by Old Dominion
“No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” recorded by Old Dominion

Thomas Rhett
“Die A Happy Man”
“Star Of The Show”
“Think A Little Less,” recorded by Michael Ray

Trevor Rosen
“I Met a Girl,” recorded by William Michael Morgan
“Song for Another Time,” recorded by Old Dominion
“No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” recorded by Old Dominion

Brad Tursi
“Song for Another Time,” recorded by Old Dominion
“No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” recorded by Old Dominion
“Light It Up,” recorded by Luke Bryan

Brad Warren & Brett Warren
“Lights Come On,” recorded by Jason Aldean
“Sober Saturday Night,” recorded by Chris Young featuring Vince Gill
“Every Time I Hear That Song,” recorded by Blake Shelton

A special CMA Songwriters Series show presented by U.S. Bank—featuring Copperman, McAnally and The Warren Brothers—took place Tuesday evening following the Triple Play Awards luncheon. McAnally hosted the event and the four songwriters performed several of their hits including the 2014 CMA Song of the Year “Follow Your Arrow,” 2013 CMA Song of the Year nominated “Mama’s Broken Heart,” 2015 CMA Song of the Year nominated “American Kids” and 2017 CMA Song of the Year nominated “Body Like A Backroad,” all while entertaining a packed house of hundreds of audience members with never-before-heard stories about how the songs came to be and how the songwriters met each other for the first time. See the full set list below.

“Felt Good On My Lips” – The Warren Brothers (Recorded by Tim McGraw)

“American Kids” – Shane McAnally (Recorded by Kenny Chesney)

“Setting the World On Fire” – Ross Copperman (Recorded by Kenny Chesney feat. P!nk)

“Sober Saturday Night” – The Warren Brothers (Recorded by Chris Young feat. Vince Gill)

“Drinkin’ Problem” – Shane McAnally (Recorded by Midland)

“Break On Me” – Ross Copperman (Recorded by Keith Urban)

“Red Solo Cup” – The Warren Brothers (Recorded by Toby Keith)

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – Shane McAnally (Recorded by Miranda Lambert)

“Female” – Ross Copperman (Recorded by Keith Urban)

“If You’re Reading This” – The Warren Brothers (Recorded by Tim McGraw)

“Follow Your Arrow” – Shane McAnally (Recorded by Kacey Musgraves)

“Beat Of The Music” –  Ross Copperman (Recorded by Brett Eldredge)

“Highway Don’t Care” – The Warren Brothers (Recorded by Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban)

“Body Like A Back Road” – Shane McAnally (Recorded by Sam Hunt)

“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” – Ross Copperman (Recorded by Keith Urban)

For more information on CMA Triple Play Awards and CMA Songwriters Series, visit CMAworld.com/awards-and-honors and CMASongwritersSeries.com.

About the Country Music Association
Founded in 1958 and celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2018, the Country Music Association is the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,800 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Fest, which benefits the CMA Foundation and music education and is taped for a three-hour network television special, “CMA Fest”; and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics for broadcast during the holiday season. All of CMA’s television properties air on the ABC Television network through 2021.

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The ninth annual CMA Triple Play Awards recipients gather following an industry luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Nashville’s Music Marathon Works. Pictured from left to right: Sony/ATV Music Publishing President and CEO and CMA Board member Troy Tomlinson, Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Shane McAnally, Ashley Gorley, Brad Warren, Josh Osborne, Jesse Frasure, Brett Warren, Trevor Rosen, Ben Hayslip, Matthew Ramsey, Brad Tursi, Ross Copperman, and CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. Photo credit: Donn Jones/CMA
Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally and The Warren Brothers perform Tuesday, Feb. 20 at a special CMA Songwriters Series presented by U.S. Bank at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works following the ninth annual CMA Triple Play Awards. Photo credit: Kayla Schoen/CMA
Thomas Rhett and Rhett Akins at the CMA Triple Play Awards on February 20, 2018. Photo by Donn Jones Photography
Shane McAnally and Ashley Gorley at the CMA Triple Play Awards on February 20, 2018. Photo by Donn Jones Photography