Nashville event set for Oct. 18.

Grammy-winning artist Charlie Daniels will be honored as the recipient of a BMI Icon award at the performing rights organization's 53rd annual Country Awards, set for Oct. 18 in Nashville. Daniels is being saluted for what BMI calls his "enduring influence on generations of music makers."

Among the BMI Award-winning songs in Daniels' catalog are "The South's Gonna Do It Again," "Wichita Jail," "Mississippi," "Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye," "In America" and "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." The latter two songs earned Daniels BMI awards in both the country and pop fields.

Previous BMI Icon winners include Loretta Lynn, Bill Anderson, Dolly Parton, Brian Wilson, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Isaac Hayes, Al Green and Van Morrison.