Country star receives Founders Award for influence on music

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will bestow top-selling country artist Alan Jackson with its ASCAP Founders Award at its 48th annual Country Music Awards on Sept. 14 at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium.

The Founders Award is given to songwriters and composers who have “made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators,” according to the performance rights organization.

Past recipients include Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson, Emmylou Harris, James Taylor and Jackson Browne.

“Alan is one of the most prolific and influential artists in country music,” Paul Williams, ASCAP president and chairman, said in a statement. “He has consistently topped the charts without compromising his artistry, style and love of tradition, captivating millions with songs that are honest, heartfelt and entertaining.”

Jackson has sold more than 50 million albums and scored 34 No. 1 hits and has won a Grammy, 16 CMA Awards, 16 ACM Awards, 46 ASCAP Country Music Awards and seven ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year Awards, among others.

In 2002, he was given ASCAP’s Golden Note Award for his extraordinary contributions to music.

The Country Music Awards honors songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs from April 1, 2009, through March 31.

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