Sony/ATV Music Publishing achieved a historical place among country music awards this week. After being named BMI's country publisher of the year in Nashville, Sony/ATV officially became the first publisher to sweep the award from BMI, ASCAP and SESAC in the same year, Billboard.biz has confirmed.

ASCAP began honoring country publishers in 1982. The Welk Music Group was the first to land the top prize.

SESAC started awarding country publishers in 1996. Warner/Chappell Music won SESAC and ASCAP publisher of the year awards that year, but it didn't grab the BMI honor.

Year-by-year BMI publisher information was not immediately available.

EMI Music Publishing came close to a triple performance crown in 2003, winning the ASCAP and SESAC honors. But Sony/ATV snagged BMI's award that year.