Kenny Rogers Honored at SESAC’s Nashville Music Awards

Justin Ebach and “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” Named Top Writer and Song

Kenny Rogers again demonstrated the axiom that wherever the king sits is the head of the table when he was honored Sunday night (Nov. 5) by SESAC during its Nashville Music Awards ceremonies, held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Although he didn’t appear until late in the proceedings, didn’t sing a note and spoke only briefly, his presence was the high point of the event. There to accept SESAC’s Legacy Award for his “immeasurable contributions to the world of entertainment,” Rogers spent his time praising the songwriters he said had made his success possible.

“I might write a little music,” he said modestly, “but I make it a point not to write hits. I think my gift to the business has been the ability to spot a great song.”

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But Rogers wasn’t the sole luminary. Justin Ebach, co-writer of Brett Young’s “Sleep Without You,” commanded the spotlight as SESAC’s songwriter of the year, and “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” co-written by Cary Barlowe, was heralded as song of the year.

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