Dwight Yoakam will be celebrated at the upcoming 2019 BMI Country Awards in Nashville.
The singer will be presented the BMI President’s Award, which is bestowed upon songwriters who have “distinctly and profoundly influenced the entertainment industry,” a press release states. Previous honorees include Kenny Chesney, P!nk, Harlan Howard, Brooks & Dunn, Pitbull, Adam Levine, Billy Sherrill and Toni Braxton.
“To this day, no other artist has captured country music’s past and catapulted it into the future quite like Dwight Yoakam,” said Jody Williams, VP, Creative, Nashville, in a statement. “Standing on the shoulders of Bakersfield legends, Dwight’s self-penned songs have made indelible marks on America’s musical culture. His career includes roles in most every facet of the entertainment business and we are thrilled to celebrate him with BMI’s President’s Award.”
The 2019 BMI Country Awards will be held on Nov. 12 in Nashville. In addition to Yoakam’s recognition, the evening will unveil the inaugural legacy award to honor “Rocky Top,” penned by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.
Yoakam’s 2019 is shaping up to be a busy one as on Oct. 14, he will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Additionally, in December, he will launch his six-night Las Vegas residency An Evening With Dwight Yoakam & The Bakersfield Beat.