ASCAP Honors Alan Jackson for Musical Achievements

The performing rights organization ASCAP honored the most-performed Country songs of the year at its annual awards gala Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium.
The ceremony celebrated Country Music songwriters and publishers, but the night’s biggest award went to Alan Jackson, who was honored with ASCAP’s Founders Award.

“I still feel like a guy who just plays in clubs,” Jackson said.
Chris Young, Dierks Bentley and Steve Earle, who had flown in just for the gala, also honored Jackson by performing three of his hits.
“Man, Steve Earle made me sound cool,” Jackson said when accepting his award. He showed appreciation to Tim DuBois, vice president of ASCAP and managing executive in Nashville, who signed Jackson to a record deal “when no one else would.”
Other winners include Chris Young’s “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” Frank Rogers and Darius Rucker’s “Alright” and Josh Kear and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” which won Song of the Year.