The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor George Strait with the ASCAP Founders Award at the 51st annual ASCAP Country Music Awards. Set to take place Monday, November 4 at the new Music City Center in downtown Nashville, the invitation-only black-tie gala will also honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.
“George Strait is a living legend whose revitalization of classic country music defined a generation of country singers and continues to inspire songwriters today,” ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams said. “He has topped the charts more often than any country artist in history, captivating millions while remaining true to his style and love of tradition. ‘King’ George is a genuine musical pioneer whose influence on country music is immeasurable, and we are honored to recognize his extraordinary career with the ASCAP Founders Award.”
The ASCAP Founders Award is the most prestigious honor that ASCAP presents to songwriters and composers who have made “pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators.” Past recipients include Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Stevie Wonder and more.
George has earned 60 No. 1 songs across all country music charts and has had more No. 1 hits than any other country artist in history. He is the first artist in the history of Billboard to have had at least one No. 1 enter the Top 10 of a Billboard chart for 30 consecutive years, starting in 1981 with his debut single, “Unwound,” which peaked at No. 6.
The 51st annual ASCAP Country Music Awards will also honor the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. The evening will feature live performances of the top five most performed songs of 2012 by the songwriters and the artists who recorded them. Leaders and legends of Nashville’s songwriting community will also be honored.