Vince Gill is this year’s recipient of the BMI Icon Award, which honors artists for their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” He’s being acknowledged for his performing and songwriting talents as well as his charitable efforts. Vince accepted his honor at the 62nd annual BMI country Awards, Tuesday night at the BMI Music Row offices in Nashville. The event also honored the most performed country songs of the previous year.
Gill has released 17 solo albums including certified platinum sellers When I Call Your Name, These Days and the quadruple-platinum behemoth, When Love Finds You. His most recent record, CMA nominated Bakersfield, released in 2013, is a collaboration with legendary pedal steel guitar player Paul Franklin. Gill’s Top Ten hits include “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away,” “Never Knew Lonely,” and the No. 1 hits, “I Still Believe In You,” and “When I Call Your Name.” In addition to selling more than 26 million albums, Gill has amassed more than 40 million radio performances of his songs. He has won 20 GRAMMY Awards, the most for a male country artist; 18 Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year four times – making him the most-awarded artist in that category in CMA history; 6 Academy of Country Music Awards, including Top Male Vocalist of the Year; and 32 BMI Awards, including 2 Songwriter of the Year crystals. Gill was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He is a member of the four time GRAMMY-nominated band the Time Jumpers.