Guy Clark, Freddie Hart, Dennis Morgan and Billy Joe Shaver became the newest members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony yesterday (Nov. 7) in Nashville. The event was hosted

Guy Clark, Freddie Hart, Dennis Morgan and Billy Joe Shaver became the newest members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony yesterday (Nov. 7) in Nashville. The event was hosted by the Nashville Songwriters Foundation.

A nominating committee of Hall of Fame songwriters and music historians determined the final ballot of potential inductees, who were then selected by the Nashville Songwriters Foundation board, the Nashville Songwriters Assn. International (NSAI) board, NSAI professional songwriter members and members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In conjunction with the event, NSAI also bestowed a series of songwriter achievement awards. "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman was named song of the year.

Scotty Emerick was named songwriter of the year. He is the co-writer -- with Toby Keith -- of Keith's recent hits "Beer for My Horses" and "I Love This Bar."

The writers of NSAI's professional songwriters division also selected 10 songs and their writers for special achievement awards.

They were: "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" (Jim Brown, Don Rollins); "Letters From Home" (Tony Lane, David Lee); "Live Like You Were Dying" (Nichols, Wiseman); "Long Black Train" (Josh Turner); "Paint Me a Birmingham" (Gary Duffey, Buck Moore); "Redneck Woman" (John Rich, Gretchen Wilson); "There Goes My Life" (Wendell Mobley, Neil Thrasher); "What Was I Thinkin'" (Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley, Deric Ruttan); "Whiskey Lullaby" (Bill Anderson, Jon Randall); and "You'll Think of Me" (Darrell Brown, Ty Lacy, Dennis Matosky).

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