Monty Powell was the big winner at Monday night’s SESAC’s 2009 Nashville Music Awards as he took home the songwriter of the year award. Powell was also the recipient of song of the year for “Sweet Thing,” a No. 1 hit for Keith Urban. Powell earned the prestigious songwriter accolade on the strength of “Sweet Thing” as well as his other Urban hit, “Kiss A Girl.”

Eden Valley Music and Universal Tunes, the publishing companies for Powell, were named SESAC’s country publishers of the year.

In addition to the songwriting honor, Powell was also presented with a one-of-a-kind, custom-designed acoustic guitar courtesy of Gibson Guitar.

SESAC’s country performance activity awards:

“Sweet Thing”
Written by Monty Powell
Recorded by Keith Urban
Published by Eden Valley Music / Universal Tunes

“Kiss A Girl”
Written by Monty Powell
Recorded by Keith Urban
Published by Eden Valley Music / Universal Tunes

“You Belong With Me”
Written by Liz Rose
Recorded by Taylor Swift
Published by Potting Shed Music / Barbara Orbison World Music

“White Horse”
Written by Liz Rose
Recorded by Taylor Swift
Published by Torreador Tunes / Sony/ATV Timber Publishing

“I Run To You”
Written by Hillary Scott
Recorded by Lady Antebellum
Published by Shaw Enuff Songs

“Lookin’ For A Good Time”
Written by Hillary Scott
Recorded by Lady Antebellum
Published by Shaw Enuff Songs

“Love Don’t Live Here”
Written by Hillary Scott
Recorded by Lady Antebellum
Published by Shaw Enuff Songs

“One In Every Crowd”
Written by Kim Tribble
Recorded by Montgomery Gentry
Published by Songs of Category 5 / Tunes of RPM

“I Want My Life Back”
Written by Anthony Smith
Recorded by Bucky Covington
Published by Dreams to Music / Grand Poobah Publishing

“Do You Believe Me Now”
Written by Tim Johnson
Recorded by Jimmy Wayne
Published by The Bigger They Are Music / State One Copyrights America

“Anything Goes”
Written by Brice Long
Recorded by Randy Houser
Published by Melodies of RPM / Pacific Wind Music

“Better As A Memory”
Written by Scooter Carusoe
Recorded by Kenny Chesney
Published by Gravitron Music

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