Thursday, July 15, 2021


Congratulations to the following 2021 Music Row Award nominees. 

The industry-voted winners will be announced virtually on all MusicRow platforms on Aug. 19. Subscribed members of MusicRow will receive their ballots via email on Wednesday, July 14.

Producer of the Year

1.) Dave Cobb

2.) Ross Copperman

3.) Corey Crowder

4.) Dann Huff

5.) Jay Joyce

6.) Joey Moi

Label Group of the Year

1.) BBR Music Group

2. ) Big Loud Records

3.) Big Machine Label Group

4.) Sony Music Nashville

5. ) Universal Music Group Nashville

6.) Warner Music Nashville

Talent Agency of the Year

1.) Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

2.) Kinkead Entertainment Agency

3.) Reliant Talent Agency

4.) United Talent Agency

5.) Wasserman Music

6.) WME

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year

1.) Matt Alderman (Curb | Word Entertainment / SESAC) - “Nobody” - Dylan Scott

2.) Benjy Davis (Plaid Flag / BMI) - “Made For You” - Jake Owen

3.) Nicolette Hayford (SMACK Songs / River House Artists / SESAC) - “One Night Standards” - Ashley McBryde

4.) Joey Hyde (Concord, BMI) - “Made For You” - Jake Owen

5.) Dan Isbell (Sony Music Publishing Nashville/ BMI) “Better Together” - Luke Combs

6.) Greylan James (UMPG Nashville/ BMI)“Happy Does” - Kenny Chesney

7.) Alex Kline (Reviver Music / SESAC) “Somebody Like That” - Tenille Arts

8.) Chris La Corte (Concord/Hang Your Hat Music / SESAC)“Breaking Up Was Easy in the ‘90s” - Sam Hunt

9.) Emily Landis (BMG, BMI) ”The Good Ones” - Gabby Barrett

10.) Michael Lotten (Twelve6/Between The Pines / BMI) -  “Momma’s House” - Dustin Lynch

11.) James McNair (Sony Music Publishing Nashville / BMI)“Lovin’ On You” - Luke Combs

12.) Neil Medley (Mojo Music Media / ASCAP)"Made For You” - Jake Owen

13.) Jordan Minton (Boom Music/Kobalt / BMI) “Good Time” - Niko Moon

14.) Jake Mitchell (Reservoir / BMI) “One Beer” - Hardy featuring Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson / “Some Girls” - Jameson Rodgers

15.) Anna Moon (Warner Chappell Nashville / BMI) “Good Time” - Niko Moon

16.) Joshua Murty (Warner Chappell Nashville / ASCAP)
“Good Time” - Niko Moon

17.) Mitch Oglesby (Warner Chappell Nashville / ASCAP) “Done” - Chris Janson

18.) Matt Roy (BMG, BMI)"Done” - Chris Janson

19.) Mark Trussell (Warner Chappell Nashville / ASCAP) “Good Time” - Niko Moon

20.) Dallas Wilson (Riser House, BMI)“Nobody” - Dylan Scott

Breakthrough Artist-Writer of the Year

1. ) Tenille Arts

2.) Ben Johnson

3.) Chris Lane

4.) Ashley McBryde

5.) Parker McCollum

6.) Ernest K. Smith

Male Songwriter of the Year

1.) Ross Copperman 

“Nobody But You” by Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani

“The Other Girl” by Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey

“Lady” by Lady A

“We Were Rich” by Runaway June

“Happy Anywhere” by Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani

“Beers And Sunshine” by Darius Rucker

“Half Of My Hometown” by Kelsea Ballerini ft. Kenny Chesney

2.) Jesse Frasure

“Some People Do” - Old Dominion

“Center Point Road” - Thomas Rhett

“Hole In The Bottle” - Kelsea Ballerini

“Almost Maybes” - Jordan Davis

“Whiskey And Rain” - Michael Ray

“What’s Your Country Song” - Thomas Rhett

“Minimum Wage” - Blake Shelton

3.) Ashley Gorley

“Catch” by Brett Young

“One Big Country Song” - LoCash

“Hole In The Bottle” - Kelsea Ballerini

“Hard To Forget” - Sam Hunt

“One Of Them Girls” - Lee Brice

“Single Saturday Night” - Cole Swindell

“We Were Rich” - Runaway June

“Give Heaven Some Hell” - Hardy

“What’s Your Country Song” - Thomas Rhett

“You Should Probably Leave” - Chris Stapleton

“Sand In My Boots” - Morgan Wallen

“Warning” -Morgan Wallen

“Country Again” - Thomas Rhett

4.) Randy Montana

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” - Carly Pearce and Lee Brice

“Better Together” - Luke Combs

“Pretty Heart” - Parker McCollum

“Young Man’s Blues” - Parker McCollum

“We Didn’t Have Much” - Justin Moore

“Cold As You” - Luke Combs

“If It Wasn’t For Trucks” - Riley Green

5.) Josh Osborne

“Never Be Sorry” - Old Dominion

“Nobody But You” - Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani

“Hard To Forget” - Sam Hunt

“Breaking Up Was Easy In The ‘90s” - Sam Hunt

“How They Remember You” - Rascal Flatts

“Happy Anywhere” - Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani

“Beers And Sunshine” - Darius Rucker

“7 Summers” - Morgan Wallen

“Next Girl” - Carly Pearce

“Sand In My Boots” - Morgan Wallen

6.) Josh Thompson

"One Margarita” - Luke Bryan

“Ain’t Always The Cowboy” - Jon Pardi

“Be A Light” - Thomas Rhett featuring Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Reba McEntire, Keith Urban

“Build Me A Daddy” - Luke Bryan

“Whiskey And Rain” - Michael Ray

“Wasted On You” - Morgan Wallen

Female Songwriter of the Year

1.) Allison Veltz Cruz

“Somebody Like That” - Tenille Arts

2.) Nicolle Galyon

“We Were Rich” - Runaway June
“Gone” - Dierks Bentley
“Minimum Wage” - Blake Shelton
“Half Of My Hometown” - Kelsea Ballerini featuring Kenny Chesney

3.) Natalie Hemby

“Bluebird” - Miranda Lambert
“Settling Down” - Miranda Lambert
“I’m Not For Everyone” - Brothers Osborne

4.) Alex Kline

“Somebody Like That” - Tenille Arts

5.) Emily Landis

“The Good Ones” - Gabby Barrett

6.) Hillary Lindsey

“One Beer” - Hardy featuring Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson
“Hole In The Bottle” - Kelsea Ballerini
“Almost Maybes” - Jordan Davis
“Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” - Taylor Swift

7.) Parker Welling

“Love You Like I Used To” - Russell Dickerson
“What’s Your Country Song” - Thomas Rhett

Song of the Year

1.) “Black Like Me” - Mickey Guyton

Songwriters: Mickey Guyton, Nathan Chapman, Emma Davidson-Dillon, Fraser Churchill

Publishers: Mickey’s Island Publishing/WarnerTamerlane Publishing Corp., admin. by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.; WarnerTamerlane Publishing Corp./Eighty Nine 89 Music; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./Fraser Churchill Publishing Designee; WarnerTamerlane Publishing Corp./ Emma Davidson-Dillon Publishing Designee, BMI

2.) “Give Heaven Some Hell” - Hardy

Songwriters: Michael Hardy, Hunter Phelps, Ben Johnson, Ashley Gorley

Publishers: Relative Music Group, BMI/ Rednecker Music, BMI/Round Hill Songs II, ASCAP/Caleb’s College Fund, ASCAP/8 Minutes Twenty Seconds Publishing, BMI/Artist Publishing Group West, ASCAP/Big Blue Nation Music, ASCAP/Nontypical Music, ASCAP/Who Wants To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP/ WC Music Corp., ASCAP

3.) “Half Of My Hometown” - Kelsea Ballerini featuring Kenny Chesney

Songwriters: Kelsea Ballerini, Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins, Nicolle Galyon

Publishers: Sony Accent, ASCAP/Tempo Investments-Smack Hits, GMR/ Smackstreet Music, GMR/Warner Geo Met Ric Music, GMR/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Iris In The Sky With Diamonds, BMI/Round Hill Songs II, ASCAP/JRM3, ASCAP/ Muse Magic, ASCAP/A Boy Named Ford, BMI/ WarnerTamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI

4.) "Hell of a View" - Eric Church

Songwriters: Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell

Publishers: Sony Tree Publishing, BMI/ Longer And Louder Music, BMI/ Seven Ring Circus Songs, BMI/ Little Louder Songs, BMI/Songs Of Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., BMI/Spirit Of Nashville One, BMI/Tunes Of Fluid, BMI/Rust And Chrome Music, BMI

5.) "My Boy" - Elvie Shane

Songwriters: Elvie Shane, Lee Starr, Nick Columbia, Russell Sutton
Publishers: Rome Phrey Songs, ASCAP/Kobalt Songs Music Publishing LLC, ASCAP/Rome Phrey Publishing, BMI/Songs Of Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., BMI/Nick Columbia Publishing, ASCAP/Block Of Marble Music, BMI/Lee Starr Publishing, BMI/SNG Music, LLP, BMI/Sony Tree Publishing, BMI

6.) "Next Girl" - Carly Pearce

Songwriters: Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

Publishers: Smackborne Music, ASCAP/ Sony Accent, ASCAP/Warner Geo Met Ric Music, GMR/Tempo Investments-Smack Hits, GMR/ Smackwood Music, GMR/ For The Kids Gold, ASCAP/BMG Gold Songs, ASCAP

Discovery Artist of the Year

1. Priscilla Block
2.) Tyler Braden
3.) Ian Munsick
4.) Lainey Wilson
5.) Lily Rose
6.) Drew Parker

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

1.) Tenille Arts
3.) Mickey Guyton
4.) Parker McCollum
5.) Niko Moon
6.) Jameson Rogers

Artist of the Year

1.) Luke Bryan
2.) Luke Combs
3.) Eric Church
4.) Miranda Lambert
5.) Chris Stapleton
6.) Thomas Rhett

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