Matt McGinn was named SESAC’s songwriter of the year for the second time in three years at the 2020 Nashville Music Awards, which were presented in a digital format on Thursday (Nov. 5). The annual award winners were announced on the organization’s website and social media platforms.
McGinn’s major hits from the past year include “Homesick” and “Cool Again,” both recorded by Kane Brown, and “One Thing Right,” recorded by Brown and Marshmello. Josh Hoge co-wrote “Cool Again” and “One Thing Right.”
“Even Though I’m Leaving,” co-written by Wyatt Durrette III, was named SESAC Song of the Year. Luke Combs had a smash hit with the song, which was published by Rosest Music and Island South Music. Durrette also garnered SESAC Song of the Year in 2019.
SMACKWORKS Music was named publisher of the year for the second time in three years. Its biggest hits during the year included the aforementioned “Homesick” and “One Thing Right,” plus “One Night Standards,” written by Nicolette Hayford and recorded by Ashley McBryde.
“We are very excited to once again recognize our talented songwriter and publishing partners with the annual Nashville Music Awards,” said Kelli Turner, president and COO, SESAC Rights Management. “Although we can’t be together in person, we are deeply honored to celebrate the creative achievements of our affiliates in a new way. Not only are we grateful for their craft of songwriting, we value their work and its connection to the human experience, which ultimately lifts our spirits.”
“We couldn’t be more proud of SESAC’s songwriters,” added Sam Kling, SVP of creative operations. “Their commitment to writing and bringing us a sense of hope — despite the real struggles that we’ve all recently faced — has not gone unnoticed. I also need to commend both Lydia Schultz and ET Brown for their relentless dedication to SESAC’s country and Americana affiliates during this time.”
Click here to see a list of all the winners of SESAC country and Americana awards and to find photos and special messages from the honorees.