The Nashville Songwriters Assn. International named Jeffrey Steele songwriter of the year at an awards dinner held last night (Oct. 16) at Nashville's Renaissance Hotel. Steele, who won NSAI's songwri

The Nashville Songwriters Assn. International named Jeffrey Steele songwriter of the year at an awards dinner held last night (Oct. 16) at Nashville's Renaissance Hotel. Steele, who won NSAI's songwriter of the year prize in 2003, was honored this year for his compositions "Gone," recorded by Montgomery Gentry and "Help Somebody," recorded by Van Zant.

Brad Paisley, who did not attend the ceremony, won NSAI's songwriter/artist of the year prize for his hits "Alcohol" and "Mud On the Tires."

NSAI's song of the year honors went to "Bless the Broken Road," written by Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna and Marcus Hummon. The song, previously recorded by Hummon, was a recent hit for Rascal Flatts. NSAI's professional writer members selected the winner in this category.

At the same event, the Nashville Songwriters Foundation inducted five prominent veteran songwriters into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The new inductees are Vince Gill, Jerry Reed, Gary Burr, Mike Reid and Roger Murrah.

Hall of Fame member Rodney Crowell gave the induction speech for Gill. Patty Loveless, Amy Grant, John Hobbs and Al Anderson paid tribute to Gill by performing some of his songs.

Longtime friend and fellow artist Bobby Bare inducted Reed. Artists performing his songs included Steele and Steve Wariner, as well as musicians Bobby Lovett, Mark Thornton and John Knowles.

Burr was inducted by Hall of Famer Wayland Holyfield and saluted by Victoria Shaw, Jim Photoglo, Mark Mirando and Sarah Buxton.

Hall of Famer Don Schlitz provided the induction speech for Reid. Ronnie Milsap performed several of his Reid-penned hits. Also paying tribute to Reid was Beth Nielsen Chapman, accompanied by Ernest Chapman and Annie Roboff.

Hall of Famer Bobby Braddock inducted Murrah. Blake Shelton and musician Thomas Cain performed Murrah's "Goodbye Time," a recent hit for Shelton.

NSAI professional songwriters division also singled out 13 songs and their writers for its 2005 achievement awards. Those winners were: "Alcohol" (Paisley), "Bless The Broken Road" (Boyd, Hanna, Hummon), "Don't Ask Me How I Know" (Bart Butler, Brett Jones, Bobby Pinson), "Goodbye Time" (James Dean Hicks, Murrah), "He Gets That From Me" (Steven Dale Jones, Phillip White), "Hey, Good Lookin'" (Hank Williams), "I May Hate Myself In The Morning" (Odie Blackmon), "Monday Morning Church" (Brent Baxter, Erin Enderlin), "My Give A Damn's Busted" (Joe Diffie, Tony Martin, Tom Shapiro), "Suds In The Bucket" (Jenai, Billy Montana), "Georgia Rain" (Ed Hill, Karyn Rochelle), "Making Memories Of Us" (Crowell) and "Some Beach" (Rory Lee Feek, Paul Overstreet).