Amy Grant, Hank Williams Jr., Mac McAnnally, Thom Schuyler and Bob DiPiero are among the 15 songwriters that have been nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The slate of nominees, divided into songwriter and songwriter/artist categories, seeks to recognize songwriters whose first significant works achieved commercial success and/or artistic recognition at least 20 years ago and who have "positively impacted and been closely associated with the Nashville music community and deemed to be outstanding and significant." Two from the songwriter category and one from the songwriter/artist category will be honored with induction on October 14.
The ten nominees in the songwriter category are Paul Craft ("Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life" by Moe Bandy), DiPiero ("American Made" by the Oak Ridge Boys), Kye Fleming ("I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" by Barbara Mandrell), Larry Henley ("The Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler), McAnally ("Old Flame" by Alabama), Earl "Peanutt" Montgomery ("We're Gonna Hold On" by George Jones and Tammy Wynette), Bob Morrison ("You Decorated My Life" by Kenny Rogers), Schuyler ("16th Avenue" by Lacy J. Dalton), L.E. White ("After the Fire is Gone" by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn) and Lawton Williams ("Fraulein" by Bobby Helms).
The five nominees in the songwriter/artist category are J.J. Cale ("Cocaine" by Eric Clapton), Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs ("Don't Get Above Your Raisin'"), Grant ("Baby Baby"), Tony Joe White ("Rainy Night in Georgia") and Williams Jr. ("All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight").
The group of nominees was recommended to the board by the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation (NaSHOF) nominating committee, which is comprised of hall of fame members and Music Row historians. Votes are cast by Hall of Fame members, professional songwriter members of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and the boards of the NaSHOF and NSAI.
The official hall of fame dinner and induction ceremony will take place October 14 in Nashville.