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2019 SESAC Awards Celebrates Nashville’s Best Songwriters and Publishers

Celeb Secrets Country hit up the red carpet to chat with honorees like Jimmie Allen and Runaway June among others.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 10: Blanco Brown (L) and Jimmie Allen attend the 2019 SESAC Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 10, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for SESAC)

The biggest week in Country music has officially hit Nashville, and Celeb Secrets Country is giving you a backstage pass to the hottest events around town leading up to the 2019 CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 13. 

On Sunday (November 10), SESAC celebrated the industry’s biggest and best songwriters and publishers with the 2019 SESAC Awards at the Country Music Hall of Fame right in Downtown Nashville. As much as we all love our favorite country singers, it was so refreshing to shine some light on who really makes it happen it behind the scenes.

Responsible for Dustin Lynch’s “Good Girl,” and Brett Young’s “Here Tonight,” Justin Ebach took the highest honor home of the evening with “Songwriter of the Year” at the ceremony. Each was presented with the award from Lynch himself.

Other honors included “Song of the Year,” which went to Luke Combs’ “Beautiful Crazy.” The love song was co-written by Wyatt Durrette III and published by Rosest Music, while Warner Chappell Music was awarded Publisher of the Year.

To add to the fun, Blanco Brown performed his smash hit “The Git Up”, followed by Jimmie Allen with his hit “Best Shot” alongside co-writer Josh London and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Hubbard then took the stage later on for a surprise performance with Eric Church for the hit “Desperate Man.”

Check out some of the best moments from the 2019 SESAC Awards red carpet by watching our interviews below and make sure you’re following us on Instagram at @celebsecretscountry for behind-the-scenes moments from all things CMA Awards.

Country Awards:
“BACK TO LIFE”
Written by:
Cary Barlowe, Niko Moon
Published by:
Bennetts Dad Songs, Niko Moon Publishing, Roc Nation US Music, Song of Rhythm House Black, Warner Chappell Music
Recorded by:
Rascal Flatts
 
“BEAUTIFUL CRAZY”
Written by:
Wyatt Durrette III
Published by:
Rosest Music
Recorded by:
Luke Combs
“BEST SHOT”
Written by:
Jimmie Allen, Josh London
Published by:
Castle Bound Music, Red Lining Music, Sony/ATV Lakeview, Songs of Downtown
Recorded by:
Jimmie Allen
“BLUE TACOMA”
Written by:
Casey Brown
Published by:
Not Just Another Song Publishing, So Essential Tunes
Recorded by:
Russell Dickerson
“BUY MY OWN DRINKS”
Written by:
Jennifer Wayne, Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland
Published by:
Hatchoooo Music Publishing, Legends Of Magic Mustang Music, Music Of Platinum Pen, Thunder Cookie, Wild Wild Wild West Songs, BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by:
Runaway June
 
“DESPERATE MAN”
Written by:
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Published by:
Snake Farm Publishing, BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by:
Eric Church
 
“DRUNK ME”
Written by:
Justin Wilson
Published by:
Legends Of Magic Mustang Music, Somebody Play It Again Music, BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by:
Mitchell Tenpenny
“GIRL LIKE YOU”
Written by:
Michael Tyler, Jaron Boyer
Published by:
peertunes LTD, MTNOIZE, Jaron Boyer Music
Recorded by:
Jason Aldean
“GOOD GIRL”
Written by:
Justin Ebach
Published by:
Curb Wordspring Music, Memory Days, Warner Chappell Music
Recorded by:
Dustin Lynch
 
“HANGIN’ ON”
Written by:
Josh Hoge
Published by:
EMI Foray Music, Write 2 Be Free Music
Recorded by:
Chris Young
“HERE TONIGHT”
Written by:
Justin Ebach
Published by:
Curb Wordspring Music, Memory Days, Warner Chappell Music
Recorded by:
Brett Young
“MILLIONAIRE”
Written by:
Kevin Welch
Published by:
Spur 66 Music, Universal Tunes
Recorded by:
Chris Stapleton
“RAISED ON COUNTRY”
Written by:
Cary Barlowe
Published by:
Bennetts Dad Songs, Roc Nation US Music, Song of Rhythm House Black, Warner Chappell Music
Recorded by:
Chris Young
 
“RUMOR”
Written and Recorded by:
Lee Brice
 
“TALK YOU OUT OF IT”
Written by:
Alysa Vanderheym
Published by:
Castle Bound Music, Songs of Downtown
Recorded by:
Florida Georgia Line

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