Songwriter Bobby Braddock to be Honored as BMI Icon

BMI, the performing rights organization, will honor Bobby Braddock as a BMI songwriting Icon during its 59th annual country awards, a private ceremony set for Nov. 8 in Nashville. The Icon award is given to BMI songwriters who have had a “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Previous recipients of the Icon honor include Billy Sherrill, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Isaac Hayes, Merle Haggard, Brian Wilson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, the Bee Gees, Ray Davies and James Brown. Braddock’s songwriting credits include “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” “Golden Ring,” “I Wanna Talk About Me,” “Texas Tornado,” “Old Flames Have New Names,” “Time Marches On,” “People Are Crazy” and many others. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame earlier this year, Braddock is currently writing his second memoir, Hollywood, Tennessee: A Life on Nashville’s Music Row, the follow-up to 2007’s Down in Orburndale: A Songwriter’s Youth in Old Florida. He will receive the award following a musical tribute at the awards ceremony which salutes the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed songs from BMI’s country catalog.