Ceremony took place Oct. 22.
Legendary songwriters Jimmy Buffett, Hugh Prestwood and Jim Weatherly were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Oct. 22. The induction was held in conjunction with the annual Nashville Songwriters Association International awards gala to honor top songwriters and their songs.
NSAI's professional songwriter members voted "Jesus, Take The Wheel," written by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson, as their song of the year. For the third time in four years, songwriter of the year honors went to Jeffrey Steele, co-writer of hits such as "What Hurts The Most" (Rascal Flatts) and "Something To Be Proud Of" (Montgomery Gentry).
A tie in the songwriter/artist of the year category presented honors to both Toby Keith ("As Good As I Once Was" / "A Little Too Late") and Phil Vassar ("Last Day Of My Life" / "Good Ole Days").
Trisha Yearwood and Michael Johnson paid tribute to Prestwood by treating the audience to a sampling of his legendary songs. Yearwood performed "The Song Remembers When," while Johnson revisited his chart success with the Prestwood-penned tunes "That's That" and "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder."
American Idol finalist and two-time Dove Award nominee George Huff and Skip Ewing celebrated Weatherly, whose classics include "Midnight Train To Georgia," "Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)" and "You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" and "Someone Else's Star."
Big & Rich joined with Marshall Chapman and Buzz Cason to honor Buffett, whose catalog includes hits such as "Margaritaville" and "Come Monday," as well as "Volcano," "Changes In Latitudes" and "Son Of A Son Of A Sailor."