Kenny Chesney will join a select group of artists and songwriters when he's presented the ASCAP Voice of Music Award during the performing rights organization's 43rd annual country music awards gala in Nashville. The Voice of Music honor is given to those "whose music gives people's lives a voice through song. Garth Brooks, George Strait, Diane Warren and Amy Grant are the only songwriters to have ever received the award. "Kenny is the unique artist who has the ability to captivate millions with songs that are honest, heartfelt and entertaining," said ASCAP president and chairman of the board Marilyn Bergman. "He is a superstar, yes, but he is a songwriter first." The ASCAP country awards ceremony takes place Oct. 17 at the Ryman Auditorium.