The NMPA Gold & Platinum Program, which honors the songwriters of RIAA-certified Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum singles, has announced the best country songs and songwriters of the past year.
Instead of the annual Nashville Gold and Plating Gala, they were honored and received their awards at a distance.
The eligibility period was 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.
Based on a calculation of streams and sales, “Platinum Anthem” or most listened song in the past year went to Be like that, which was certified platinum and was performed by Kane Brown ft. Swae Lee and Khalid.
The song is written by Kane Brown (Sony Music Publishing), Khalid Robinson (Sony Music Publishing), Michael Len Williams (Warner Chappell), Alexander Izquierdo (BMG), Khalif Malik Ibin Shaman Brown (Warner Chappell) and Ryan Vojtesak (Sony) Music Release ).
The best non-performing female songwriter was Hilary Lindsey (Concord) with 14 certifications including hits like Hole in the bottle, church bells, hide the wine, one beer and What she wants tonight.
The best non-performing male songwriter was Ashley Gorley (Round Hill / Tape Room) with 24 certifications for songs, including Kick the Dust Up, What’s Your Country Song, Eyes on you, good girl and born to Love you.
The best female artist songwriter was Gabby Barrett (Sony Music Publishing) with five certifications for I hope and the good ones.
The best male artist songwriter was Chris Stapleton (Warner Chappell) with 16 certifications collected by songs Broken Halos, Come Back Song, Starting Over, Parachute and Your Man.
The “Top Song” or the most listened song released before the past year went to Wagon Wheel performed by Darius Rucker and written by Bob Dylan (UMPG). The song got 9X Multi-Platinum.
“These songwriters made the soundtracks for another challenging year where music was more important than ever.”
David Israelite, NMPA
NMPA President and CEO David Israelite said: “This lineup represents some of the most innovative brains in music. These songwriters made the soundtracks to another challenging year where music was more important than ever.
“While we hope this is the last year we will be forced to give up our personal gala, we will make sure that these performances are recognized and celebrated. To these songwriters, thank you for your commitment to making incredible music. . “Music business worldwide