Broadcast Music Inc. recently honored superstar Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith with BMI “Million-Air” Awards at a studio on Music Row in Nashville, Tenn.
According to MusicRow.com, BMI’s Jody Williams and Clay Bradley presented the longtime BMI songwriter with several awards representing songwriting and publishing credits of more than 15 million air plays for some of the Norman resident’s biggest hits, including “How Do You Like Me Now?,” “Beer For My Horses,” “She Never Cried in Front of Me,” “God Love Her,” “I Love this Bar” and “Who’s Your Daddy?”
“Toby Keith is a stalwart BMI songwriter, who we’ve been honored to work with since early in his career. With these honors, he now stands at over 80 million performances and shows no signs of stopping,” said Bradley, BMI’s Assistant Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations.
The BMI “Million-Air” Award is given to songwriters, composers and publishers whose songs accumulate more than 1 million U.S. broadcast performances. The designation has been bestowed upon many of BMI’s iconic songwriters, including Sir Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton, Isaac Hayes and Roy Orbison.
I’m a very average golfer, You know, I’m in the race horse business, I’m a singer, I’ve done movies. I do all these things in regular life, and there’s one thing that I do better than all of that and that’s songwriting,” Keith told me in an interview last fall.
“When I was growing up, everybody that I loved — rock, country, pop, whatever — wrote their own music. It was what I gravitated to. And it wasn’t like, ‘Well, this guy doesn’t write his stuff so I’m not buying it.’ It just didn’t strike me when I heard something after four or five things from somebody: I liked ‘em but I didn’t love ‘em enough to buy it. And then all of the sudden you look in my music collection and 99 percent of ‘em wrote their own stuff: Seger, the Eagles, Billy Joel, Jim Croce, Haggard, Willie, Cash, Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, Hank Jr., just whatever you had at that time. Kiss. Kiss of all things. In junior high, I had two or three Kiss albums; they wrote their own stuff,” he added.
“There’s a connection there that they wrote it that makes you grip into it more. It’s not that you knew they wrote it, that’s just what I was attracted to for some reason. So it’s like I could always subconsciously tell.”