Singer, songwriter and sometimes actor Mac Davis was honored last night at the BMI Country Awards in Nashville.
Davis wrote such hits as In the Ghetto, Memories and A Little Less Conversation, all of which were recorded by Elvis Presley, along with his own hits such as the number 1 Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me, Stop and Smell the Roses and One Hell of a Woman.
Rascal Flatts were on hand to perform Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me while Little Big Town took on In the Ghetto, Luke Bryan played A Little Less Conversation and Mac McAnally did Texas in My Rear View Mirror in salute to Davis.
Davis later took to the stage to thank the crowd and talk about how Elvis influenced and helped his career. "I watched him when he first came to Lubbock, Texas, and he stood on the back of a flatbed truck and the girls were just screaming and yelling and climbing up and trying to get to him and I said, ‘Man, I want to do that.'" He also sang a new song, That's Where Songs Come From.
Rodney Clawson, writer of Kenny Chesney's American Kids and Florida Georgia Line's Dirt was given Songwriter of the Year while Song of the Year went to Beat of the Music by Brett Eldredge, Ross Cooperman and Heather Morgan. Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville, who was responsible for 26 of the 50 most performed songs for the year, was given Publisher of the Year.