Carrie Underwood: “A Joy, a Pleasure and a Privilege”

Accepting the Latest BMI Award Graciously

On Tuesday night (April 25), Carrie Underwood won big in Las Vegas.

She was honored at the 69th annual BMI/NAB Dinner with the BMI Board of Directors Award. It is the award that goes to the artist who has had a major impact on the broadcast industry. BMI also used the annual dinner to present Underwood with three new BMI songwriting awards for “Heartbeat,” “Little Toy Guns” and “Smoke Break,” plus nine BMI Million-Air Certificates for songs that have had more than one million spins on radio.

“I am beyond blessed to get to do what I do, and am grateful that I am surrounded by such incredible people. I love the people that I get to work with — it’s a joy, a pleasure and a privilege. Thank you so much BMI for everything that you have done for me and my music,” Underwood said when she accepted the award.

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Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Graham Nash, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana and John Williams are some the past recipients of the BMI Board of Directors Award.

While she was there, Underwood performed a short set of some of her biggest hits.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.