Toby Keith Wins BMI Song, Songwriter Honors

He Shares Songwriter of the Year Award With Vicky McGehee and Ed Hill

Toby Keith won song of the year honors for “As Good As I Once Was” and shared songwriter of the year honors with Ed Hill and Vicky McGehee during the 54th annual BMI Country Awards Saturday night (Nov. 4) during a gala banquet at the performing rights organization’s offices on Nashville’s Music Row.

Toby Keith and longtime colloaborator Scotty Emerick shared the prize for “As Good As I Once Was” which received the honor officially designated as the Robert J. Burton Award for most performed country song of the year. Keith picked up his third BMI songwriter of the year crown from the success of that particular song and two other hits from the past year — “Big Blue Note,” “HonkyTonk U” and “As Good As I Once Was.”

Vicky McGehee and Ed Hill tied with Keith for songwriter of the year for each composing three of the year’s Top 50 most-performed songs. McGehee’s hits include Gretchen Wilson’s “All Jacked Up,” Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown” and Faith Hill’s “Like We Never Loved at All.” Hill’s track record this year includes Trisha Yearwood’s “Georgia Rain,” Jamie O’ Neal’s “Somebody’s Hero” and and Trace Adkins’ “Songs About Me.”

BMI Country Awards 2006

Songwriter of the Year: Ed Hill, Toby Keith, Vicky McGehee (tie)

Song of the Year: “As Good as I Once Was”
Writers: Scotty Emerick, Toby Keith

Publisher of the Year: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville

BMI’s Most-Performed Songs of 2006

“All Jacked Up”
Writer: Vicky McGehee

“As Good as I Once Was”
Writers: Scotty Emerick, Toby Keith

Writer: Ronnie Dunn

“Better Life”
Writer: Keith Urban

“Big Blue Note”
Writers: Scotty Emerick, Toby Keith

“Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On”
Writer: Phillip White

Writers: Karen Fairchild, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Kimberly Roads, Phillip Sweet, Jimi Westbrook

“Class Reunion (That Used to Be Us)”
Writers: Richie McDonald, Frank Myers

“Come a Little Closer”
Writer: Brett Beavers

“Do You Want Fries With That”
Writer: Casey Beathard

“Don’t Ask Me How I Know”
Writers: Bart Butler, Bobby Pinson

“Drugs or Jesus”
Writers: Aimee Mayo, Troy Verges

“Fast Cars and Freedom”
Writer: Wendell Mobley

“Georgia Rain”
Writers: Ed Hill, Karyn Rochelle

“God’s Will”
Writer: Tom Douglas

“Good Ride Cowboy”
Writers: Richie Brown, Jerrod Niemann

“Goodbye Time”
Writers: James Dean Hicks, Roger Murrah

“Help Somebody”
Writers: Kip Raines, Jeffrey Steele

Writers: Big Kenny, Vicky McGehee

Writer: George Teren

“Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”
Writers: Dallas Davidson, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson

“Honkytonk U”
Writer: Toby Keith

“(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden”
Writer: Joe South

“If Something Should Happen”
Writer: Dan Demay

“I’ll Take That as a Yes (The Hot Tub Song)”
Writers: Jon McElroy, Vince Melamed

“Like We Never Loved at All”
Writer: Vicky McGehee

“Long, Slow Kisses”
Writers: Jeff Bates, Gordon Bradberry

“Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do”
Writer: Brett Beavers

“Me and Charlie Talking”
Writers: Miranda Lambert, Heather Little

“My Give a Damn’s Busted”
Writers: Joe Diffie, Tony Martin, Tom Shapiro

“My Old Friend”
Writer: Steve McEwan (Performing Right Society/UK)

“My Sister”
Writer: Amy Dalley

“Nobody but Me”
Writers: Shawn Camp, Phillip White

“Play Something Country”
Writers: Ronnie Dunn, Terry McBride

“Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way”
Writer: Tammi Kidd

“She Don’t Tell Me To”
Writers: Bob DiPiero, Tom Shapiro

“She Let Herself Go”
Writer: Dean Dillon

“Skin (Sarabeth)”
Writer: Doug Johnson

“Somebody’s Hero”
Writers: Ed Hill, Shaye Smith

“Something More”
Writer: Kristian Bush

“Something to Proud Of”
Writer: Jeffrey Steele

“Songs About Me”
Writers: Ed Hill, Shaye Smith

“Stay With Me (Brass Bed)”
Writers: Jedd Hughes, Terry McBride

“The Talkin’ Song Repair Blues”
Writer: Dennis Linde

“Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”
Writers: Gary Hannan, John Wiggins

“Tonight I Wanna Cry”
Writer: Keith Urban

“When I Get Where I’m Going”
Writer: George Teren

“Who You’d Be Today”
Writers: Bill Luther, Aimee Mayo

“You’ll Be There”
Writer: Cory Mayo

“Your Man”
Writer: Jace Everett