2009 BMI Country Awards Photo Gallery

BMI Song of the Year Honoree Taylor Swift at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, held November 10 in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.

Taylor Swift arrives on the red carpet at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, held November 10 in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.

Taylor Swift claims her second consecutive Song of the Year title for "Love Story," at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, making her the youngest person ever to achieve back-to-back wins of the honor. "Teardrops on My Guitar" earned the award in 2008. Pictured are (l-r): BMI's Jody Williams, Sony/ATV Music Publishing's Troy Tomlinson, Taylor Swift, Sony/ATV Music Publishing's Chairman & CEO Martin Bandier, BMI's President & CEO Del Bryant and BMI's Clay Bradley. Photo courtesy of BMI.

Willie Nelson delivers a heart-wrenching rendition of "Lovin’ Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)" during the tribute to BMI Icon Kris Kristofferson at the 2009 BMI Country Awards in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.

Zac Brown Band pause for a photo at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, staged November 10 at the organization’s Music Row offices. Photo courtesy of BMI.

Sara Evans arrives at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, held November 10 in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.

Vince Gill performs a stunning version of "Why Me" during the tribute to BMI Icon Kris Kristofferson at the 2009 BMI Country Awards in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.

Melita Snider, Don Was, Kix Brooks, Deborah Allen, and Todd Snider pause for a photo at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, staged November 10 at the organization’s Music Row offices. Photo courtesy of BMI.

BMI's Jody Williams, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, and BMI's President & CEO Del Bryant on the red carpet at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, held November 10 in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.

BMI Songwriter of the Year Bobby Pinson & BMI Country Award Winner Luke Bryan show off their medallions on the red carpet at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, held November 10 in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.
Little Big Town interviewed on the red carpet at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, staged November 10 at the organization’s Music Row offices. Photo courtesy of BMI.

BMI Icon Kris Kristofferson receives a standing ovation at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, held November 10 in Nashville. Left to right: Don Was, Kris Kristofferson, and Lisa Kristofferson. Photo courtesy of BMI.

Brooks & Dunn are surprised with the prestigious BMI President’s Award at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, held November 10 in Nashville. Pictured are (l-r): Ronnie Dunn, BMI's Jody Williams, BMI's President & CEO Del Bryant, and Kix Brooks. Photo courtesy of BMI.

Vince Gill, Patty Griffin, and Willie Nelson perform "Me and Bobby McGee" together in a soulful tribute to newly crowned BMI Icon Kris Kristofferson at the 2009 BMI Country Awards in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.

Miranda Lambert & Heidi Newfield arrive on the red carpet at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, held November 10 in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.

Patty Griffin, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, BMI Icon Kris Kristofferson, and BMI President & CEO Del Bryant at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, held November 10 in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.

Big Kenny is interviewed on the red carpet at the BMI Country Awards, staged November 10, 2009 in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.

BMI's President & CEO Del Bryant, BMI Icon Kris Kristoffeson, BMI Song of the Year Honoree Taylor Swift, BMI Songwriter of the Year Bobby Pinson, and BMI's Jody Williams at the 2009 BMI Country Awards. Photo courtesy of BMI.

BMI's Jody Williams, BMI Country Songwriter of the Year Bobby Pinson and BMI''s Clay Bradley at the BMI Country Awards, staged November 10, 2009 in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.

Ashley Monroe and The Raconteurs’ Brendan Benson at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, held November 10 in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.

BMI Icon Kris Kristofferson receives a standing ovation at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, held November 10 in Nashville. Left to right: Don Was, Kris Kristofferson, and Lisa Kristofferson. Photo courtesy of BMI.

BMI Icon Kris Kristofferson and longtime friend Jessi Colter at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, held November 10 in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.

Big Kenny & wife Christiev Alphin at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, held November 10 in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.

BMI Country Award Winner Keith Urban and BMI Icon Kris Kristofferson at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, held November 10 in Nashville. Photo courtesy of BMI.