'Toby Keith, Michael Hardy, ‘Forever After All,’ Sony Music

Hardy, ‘Forever After All,’ Sony Music

The BMI

Country Music Awards were held Tuesday evening (Nov

Leading the

ceremony was BMI president/CEO Michael O’Neill, who welcomed the crowd, saying, “We are

Bradley noted

that among this year’s honorees were 72 first-time BMI award-winning songwriters

The evening

launched with Shy Carter performing “Beer With My Friends” alongside David Lee Murphy

Hardy was

named BMI country songwriter of the year, following his ACM songwriter of the year win

Roberts gifted

him with a custom guitar with BMI songwriter of the year as he took the

Hardy thanked

his parents and sister for their influence in his life and career, as well as

He went

on to thank Relative Music Group’s Dennis and Jesse Matkosky

“Dennis was

the first and only person to sign me to a publishing deal back in 2014,” Hardy

“Since then,

we have started a real publishing company called Relative Music and we are damn proud

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