Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott was named songwriter of the year at SESAC's 2008 Nashville Music Awards during ceremonies held Monday (Nov. 10) at the performing rights organization's Music Row headquarters. Scott earned the prestigious accolade on the strength of her co-written hits for Lady Antebellum ("Love Don't Live Here," "Lookin' For A Good Time").

In addition to the songwriting honor, Scott was presented with a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted Master Built acoustic guitar courtesy of Gibson Guitar. SESAC associate VP Tim Fink made the presentation.

Shaw Enuff Songs, the publishing company for Scott, was named SESAC's country publisher of the year.

Meanwhile, Scooter Carusoe was honored for song of the year for "Better As A Memory," which was a multi-week No. 1 for superstar Kenny Chesney.

SESAC also recognized the impact and growing relevance of the Americana format during the evening's festivities, handing out awards to several top artists and songwriters in the genre including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Sonny Landreth, Allison Moorer and Kevin Welch.

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