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Hiatt, Berg, Shapiro join Songwriters Hall of Fame

Hiatt, Berg, Shapiro join Songwriters Hall of Fame

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 8:34 pm

NASHVILLE (AP) — Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley were named songwriter/artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International. The organization handed out its annual awards Sunday. Jackson and Paisley tied for the honor. Other winners were Casey Beathard for songwriter of the year, and Ashley Gorley and Lee Thomas Miller for song of the year for the Trace Adkins hit “You’re Gonna Miss This.” The organization also inducted John Hiatt, Matraca Berg and Tom Shapiro into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Hiatt’s songs have been recorded by multiple artists including Joe Cocker, B.B. King and Eric Clapton, Rosanne Cash and Elvis Costello. Bonnie Raitt had a big hit with Hiatt’s song “Thing Called Love.” Michael McDonald, Shawn Colvin and Emmylou Harris paid musical tribute to Hiatt on Sunday. Berg has written many hits including Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine,” Trisha Yearwood’s “Wrong Side of Memphis” and Martina McBride’s “Wild Angels.” McBride, Kim Carnes, Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall paid tribute to Berg. Shapiro penned Neal McCoy’s “Wink,” Brooks & Dunn’s “Ain’t Nothing ’Bout You” and Trace Adkins’ “Hot Mama.” He was saluted by Jo Dee Messina, Billy Dean, Mark Nesler and Rivers Rutherford. The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has more than 160 members, including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Bill Monroe, Roy Orbison, Hank Williams Sr. and Dolly Parton. Published in The Messenger 10.29.08

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