Shania Twain was a top winner at last night's (Nov. 8) 52nd annual BMI Country Awards, held at the company's Music Row offices. Twain's crossover hit, "Forever and For Always," was named country song

Shania Twain was a top winner at last night's (Nov. 8) 52nd annual BMI Country Awards, held at the company's Music Row offices. Twain's crossover hit, "Forever and For Always," was named country song of the year.

The song, written by Twain and her husband Robert John "Mutt" Lange, also received the Robert J. Burton Award, which recognizes the most-performed country song of the year based on U.S. broadcast performances during the eligibility period.

Toby Keith was named country artist/songwriter of the year based on the success of his hits "American Soldier," "Beer for My Horses" and "I Love This Bar."

Casey Beathard was named the performing rights organization's country songwriter of the year with "Drinkin' Bone," "Hot Mama," "The Love Song," "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" and "Walk a Little Straighter" appearing on BMI's list of the 50 most-performed songs of the year.

Loretta Lynn was the recipient of the BMI Icon Award for her "enduring influence on generations of music makers." The country legend has been affiliated with BMI for 43 years.