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BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) presented the 2023 BMI Country Awards on November 7th in Nashville, TN. The 71st annual event celebrated the top songwriters and music publishers behind the 50 most-performed songs in country music over the past year.
Among the top honorees were Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen who tied for the sought-after BMI Songwriter of the Year award. Each of these two country music powerhouses co-wrote four of BMI’s most-performed songs in country music this year.
Luke Combs co-wrote his three consecutive #1 singles “Doin’ This,” “Going, Going, Gone,” “The Kind of Love We Make,” as well as “Out in the Middle” which was recorded and released by Zac Brown Band.
Morgan Wallen was the co-writer for Keith Urban’s “Brown Eyes Baby,” Corey Kent’s breakout hit “Wild as Her,” as well as his chart-topping songs, “Thought You Should Know” and “You Proof.”
During the ceremony, Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen took the stage together for an acoustic performance to commemorate the night. Unexpectedly, the two traded songs as a meaningful way to honor one another.
Luke Combs performed “Thought You Should Know” – one of the very songs that helped earn Wallen the songwriter award that night. The song was co-written in 2022 by Morgan Wallen, Nicole Galyon, and country music superstar, Miranda Lambert. It was included on Wallen’s One Night At A Time album and debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It replaced his previous single “Wasted on You” at the top, making Wallen the first-ever artist to replace himself on a chart with a number one debut.
This week, Luke Combs released the full video of his performance celebrating his fellow award recipient. Before he sang, Combs says to Wallen:
“I love this song a whole lot, man. Congrats again.”
See the video below!