Merle Haggard to Be Honored With BMI Icon Award

Merle Haggard will be presented with the BMI Icon award on Nov. 4 in Nashville during BMI’s 54th annual country awards. The Icon designation is given to BMI songwriters and artists who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” A two-time BMI country songwriter of the year, Haggard’s four-decade career has already earned him a total of 58 BMI Awards. Past honorees include Bill Anderson, Charlie Daniels, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.