Red Carpet Photo Gallery: Stars Shine Bright at BMI Awards

Red Carpet Photo Gallery: Stars Shine Bright at BMI Awards

The 64th annual BMI awards—where country stars get decked out and awards are doled out—were held last night (Nov. 2) at the BMI offices in Nashville.The event honors songwriters and publishers of the most-performed country songs of the past year.

It was a big night for Kenny Chesney, who was honored with the BMI President’s Award, which is presented to songwriters who have distinctly and profoundly influenced the entertainment industry. Kenny joined an elite group of past recipients, including Brooks & Dunn, Taylor Swift, Willie Nelson and P!nk.

Friends Keith Urban, Eric Church and Dean Dillon paid tribute to the award winner by performing some of Kenny’s hits, including “I Go Back,” “Anything But Mine” and “The Tin Man,” respectively.

Ross Copperman, writer of such songs as Brett Eldredge’s “Lose My Mind” and Luke Bryan’s “Strip it Down,” took home Songwriter of the Year, and “Die a Happy Man,” written by Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas and Joe London, won Song of the Year.

The stars came out in full force for the awards show and were dressed to impress as they strolled the red carpet for the big night.

PHOTOS BY CURTIS HILBUN/AFF-USA.COM and TAMMIE ARROYO/AFF-USA.COM

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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”

 

Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell