Joining him in the festivities were the song’s writers — Brad Warren, Brett Warren and Kevin Rudolf — and its producer, Nathan Chapman.
The fourth-level party space at the venue called Aerial was partly enclosed by glass walls but mostly exposed to the glare of the late afternoon sun. Next door was the legendary Ernest Tubb Record Shop, and across the street lay the equally-fabled Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.
Guests mingled around the indoor-outdoor bar, lounged on the long white couches placed around the perimeter of the patio and sampled the delicacies at a variety of food tables.
The event was co-sponsored by BMI and ASCAP, the two major performance rights organizations. The Warrens are BMI members. Rudolf is affiliated with ASCAP.
BMI’s Clay Bradley called the party to order. He said Urban has been “a major influence on the Nashville song industry” for the past 15 years and congratulated him on embarking on his second season as a judge on American Idol.
“It’s more fun to root for someone than laugh at their mistakes,” Bradley observed of Urban’s encouraging approach to judging.
Bradley also noted “Little Bit of Everything” is the Warrens’ fourth No. 1.
LeAnn Phelan, speaking for ASCAP, told the crowd that “Little Bit of Everything” is Rudolf’s first No. 1 country song but emphasized that the New York City native was already a hitmaker in other genres.
She pointed out he has played on albums for Justin Timberlake and the Black Eyed Peas and recorded his own pop hit, “Let It Rock,” featuring Lil Wayne, in 2008.
Rudolf has also produced albums for Natasha Beddingfield and Selena Gomez, among others, Phelan said.
To conclude the party, Urban, the songwriters and Chapman lined up in a row onstage to perform the song being honored. Urban played six-string banjo, the songwriters acoustic guitars and Chapman a ukulele.
In an unfortunate bit of planning, the players sat with their backs toward the setting sun, making it difficult for those in front of the stage to look directly at them.
“We had no idea the sun would be there,” Urban joked. “It’s weird. It’s there every day. I apologize for all the massive squinting.”
He told the crowd his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, was in China.
“I want to thank her,” he said, “for being my wife and making it all worthwhile.”
Then he sang.View photos from the party.