Eli Young Band’s First No. 1 Single Creates Party Atmosphere at BMI

"Crazy Girl" Songwriters Liz Rose and Lee Brice Were the Center of Attention

A torrent of trophy presentations rolled through BMI’s Nashville headquarters Monday afternoon (Jan. 23) to honor songwriters Liz Rose and Lee Brice on the No. 1 success of the Eli Young Band’s single, “Crazy Girl.”

BMI’s Jody Williams began by informing the crowd that “Crazy Girl” was Billboard magazine’s most-played country song of 2011.

He also pointed out it was Brice’s second No. 1 single as a writer, his first having been Garth Brooks’ “More Than a Memory.” The latter song made country music history in 2007 by debuting at No. 1.

Brice, who records for Curb Records, is best known as an artist for his 2010 Top 10 hit, “Love Like Crazy.” It set a record by staying on the charts for 56 weeks.

Williams then noted that “Crazy Girl” was Rose’s fourth No. 1 single. He praised Rose, who once wrote for his publishing company, for her willingness to work with young writers. One of these was an eager teenager named Taylor Swift, with whom Rose would co-write several hits.

“Crazy Girl,” which took 38 weeks to reach No. 1, is the Eli Young Band’s first No. 1 single. It was released by Republic Nashville, which is part of the Big Machine Label Group.

As Williams recited the relevant statistics, he called to the stage for awards the writers, their publishers, the band members, producer Mike Wrucke, Republic Nashville Records head Jimmy Harnen, Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta and Curb Records owner Mike Curb.

Curb took the microphone to laud Brice both as a songwriter and an artist. Then noticing where Brice was standing onstage, he quipped, “I don’t like to see you standing between Jimmy and Scott. We can’t afford to lose more artists.” It appeared to be an obvious reference to the recent defection of Tim McGraw from Curb following a fierce court battle.

After a cascade of plaques, cups, certificates, iPads and other hardware of esteem was handed out, the crowd applauded vigorously, then hastened to BMI’s other No. 1 party for Lady Antebellum a few blocks away at the Bound’ry restaurant.

View photos from the party.
Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to CMT.com.