Check out the video below for stories and performances of this year's winning songs for the '10 Songs I Wish I'd Written' Awards!


For the second year in a row, award-winning artist and songwriter Luke Combs takes home the honor of NSAI 'Songwriter-Artist of the Year' at the Nashville Songwriter Awards presented by NSAI and sponsored by City National Bank! Check out the EXCLUSIVE Billboard premiere of the announcement below!


For a record fifth time, Ashley Gorley has been named songwriter of the year at the Nashville Songwriter Awards.

This year, the awards, presented by the Nashville Songwriters Association International and sponsored by City National Bank, are virtual after the pandemic made it unsafe to gather in person. Billboard has partnered with NSAI to reveal winners in key categories.


Written by: Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis, Derrick Southerland
Recorded by: Ingrid Andress


Previous Award Winners

- Josh Osborne - 
2019 Songwriter of the Year

- Luke Combs - 
2019 Songwriter-Artist of the Year

- Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill,
Jon Nite - 

2019 Song of the Year

"Break Up In The End"

Nashville Songwriter Awards Congratulate Ashley Gorley on Earning

NSAI Songwriter of the Year Honor for Record Fifth Time 

Songwriter-Artist of the Year to be Announced on September 29th


September 28, 2020 -- The Nashville Songwriter Awards presented by City National Bank would like to congratulate hit songwriter Ashley Gorley on being named their 2020 Songwriter of the Year! The 3rd Annual Nashville Songwriter Awards presented by City National Bank and held by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), are being presented as a multi-part video series with key categories exclusively premiered by Billboard, the official media partner of the Awards. Check out the video announcing Gorley's win here

"I'm humbled to receive this award for a fifth time. 2020 has been a crazy year but it has given me a renewed energy and passion for songwriting. I am grateful for this honor and for all that NSAI does for our community."

- Ashley Gorley 

Gorley is one of the most prolific songwriters of any genre, who recently made history as the first songwriter to ever achieve 50 No.1s in the history of the Mediabase and Billboard charts, and has had more than 300 songs recorded by artists including Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Dan + Shay, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Old Dominion, Kelsea Ballerini, Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Billy Currington, Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Jason Derulo, Bon Jovi and more. 

This year marks the fifth time Gorley has been named NSAI's Songwriter of the year, and he adds this honor to a long list of accolades and awards. Gorley has earned three CMA Awards, been named Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year four times, he has earned two Grammy nominations and has been nominated as ACM Songwriter of the Year eight times. The reigning ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Gorley has earned 15 CMA Triple Play honors, including two "Triple-Triples" for penning nine No. 1 songs in 2018 and in 2019. 

Gorley is the only songwriter to have been named ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year a record-breaking seven times.

On September 29 at 11 a.m. CDT, Billboard will reveal the 2020 honoree taking home the award for NSAI Songwriter-Artist of the Year Visit Billboard.com for the exclusive announcement! 

This year's virtual awards, presented by City National Bank, continues NSAI's annual tradition of bringing together artists, fans, and the music industry to celebrate the creativity and hard work of songwriters, advocates, and music legends. In addition to presenting awards for the 2020 Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter-Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year, this year's lineup will feature a special "10 Songs I Wish I'd Written" segment featuring Randy Montana, Jonathan Singleton, Old Dominion, Josh Osborne, Ash Bowers, Allison Veltz Cruz, Matt Stell, Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Jon Pardi, and many more.


2020 Nashville Songwriters Awards Schedule:

September 29: Songwriter-Artist of the Year (Premiering on Billboard.com)

October 5: 10 Songs I Wish I'd Written Awards (Premiering on nashvillesongwriters.com and NSAI YouTube channel)

October 6: Song of the Year (Premiering on Billboard.com)

Nashville Songwriter Awards Partner With Billboard,
Announces Lineup for Multi-Part Virtual Event


The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is proud to announce Billboard as the official media partner for the 3rd annual Nashville Songwriter Awards presented by City National Bank. The awards will be held as a multi-part video series, with the first category, Songwriter of the Year, being presented on September 22, 2020.

In addition to honoring the 2020 Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Songwriter-Artist of the Year, this year’s lineup will feature a special “10 Songs I Wish I'd Written” segment featuring appearances by Lady A, Randy Montana, Jonathan Singleton, Old Dominion, Josh Osborne, Ash Bowers, Allison Veltz Cruz, Matt Stell, Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Jon Pardi, and many more.

About City National Bank:

With more than $70 billion in assets, City National Bank provides banking, investment and trust services through locations in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., and Miami*. In addition, the company and its investment affiliates manage or administer more than $81 billion in client investment assets. City National is a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies. RBC serves more than 17 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the United States and 34 other countries.

For more information about City National, visit the company's website at cnb.com.
*City National Bank does business in Miami and the state of Florida as CN Bank.

About NSAI:

Established in 1967, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization and has a membership of more than 5,000 spanning the United States and eight (8) foreign countries. Consisting of a body of creative minds, including songwriters from all genres of music, professional and amateur, for over 52 years, NSAI has been committed to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting, as well as carrying a commitment to educate, elevate and celebrate the songwriter, acting as a unifying force within the music community and the community at large. For more information, visit nashvillesongwriters.com


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