Hank Williams Jr. will be honored as a BMI Icon at the U.S. performing right organization’s 56th annual Country Awards, which take place Nov. 11 at the company’s Music Row offices in Nashville.

The black-tie, invitation-only gala recognizes the past year’s most-performed BMI country songs. The artists and songwriters named BMI Icons have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers,” according to BMI.

Hank Jr., who will be saluted with an all-star musical tribute, joins an elite list of past honorees that includes Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels and Loretta Lynn, as well as the Bee Gees, Isaac Hayes, James Brown and Steve Winwood, among others.

Hosted by BMI president/CEO Del Bryant and Nashville writer/publisher VP Jody Williams, the BMI country awards will recognize the songwriters and publishers of the top BMI country songs played on American radio and television during the previous year.

BMI will also bestow honors on the country songwriter of the year, country publisher of the year and most performed country song of the year.

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