Big & Rich's John Rich has been named ASCAP's artist-songwriter of the year for the third consecutive time, it was announced Monday night (Oct. 15) at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium during the performing rights organization's 45th annual country awards presentation. Rich was recognized for the collection of hits he has written during the past year, including Big & Rich's "8th of November," Faith Hill's "Sunshine & Summertime" and Jason Aldean's "Amarillo Sky" and "Why." Two songs tied for ASCAP's country song of the year -- "Before He Cheats" (co-written by Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins) and "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" (co-written by ASCAP writer Dave Berg). Craig Wiseman was named songwriter of the year for "Hillbilly Deluxe," "Something's Gotta Give" and "Summertime." Publisher of the year honors went to Sony/ATV Music Publishing.