NMPA GOLD & PLATINUM GALA HONORS NASHVILLE’S TOP SONGWRITERS
NMPA GOLD & PLATINUM GALA HONORS NASHVILLE’S
FEATURED PERFORMANCES BY KEITH URBAN, LEE BRICE, BRITTNEY SPENCER, IAN MUNSICK
NASHVILLE, TN – Last night, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) hosted its annual Gold & Platinum Gala at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The NMPA Gold & Platinum Program honors the songwriters of RIAA-certified singles. The event featured performances by Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Brittney Spencer, and Ian Munsick. Eighty-five Multi-Platinum songwriters including Luke Laird, Natalie Hemby, Chris DeStefano, and Dallas Davidson were honored.
NMPA President and CEO David Israelite kicked off the evening by officially launching the Gold and Platinum (G&P) Club. The Club encompasses all songwriters who have achieved Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum certifications. Israelite also announced that the Club's Co-Chairs are songwriting powerhouses Liz Rose and Ryan Tedder.
The event culminated with the honoring of the top male and top female songwriters of the past year. Over the eligibility period, Ashley Gorley achieved an astounding 26 certifications including Multi-Platinum hit Rumor which was performed by Lee Brice. Top Female Songwriter Hillary Lindsey scored 10 certifications overall including the 6X Platinum Girl Crush, which was performed by Brittney Spencer.
Songwriter Ian Munsick kicked off the show performing his Gold certified single Long Live Cowgirls. The gala concluded with a special finale performance of Blue Ain’t Your Color from the 18X Gold & Platinum certified, newly inducted Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member, Keith Urban.
NMPA President & CEO David Israelite said, “The NMPA Gold & Platinum Program is the most definitive measurement of a song’s success. We are thrilled with the growth of the Gala and the opportunity to recognize the most elite songwriters in Nashville. The unprecedented number of honorees at this year’s event demonstrates the expansion and dominance of country music. We congratulate the brilliant minds behind these songs and are excited about the launch of the Gold & Platinum Club which will foster community among them.”
Photos available upon request.
Photo credit: Tony Sarria
About the NMPA G&P Program:
NMPA’s Gold & Platinum Program, in partnership with RIAA's Gold & Platinum Program, identifies and honors the songwriters behind today’s biggest hits. NMPA confirms songwriters with their music publishers to ensure all appropriate songwriters are recognized for their contribution to an RIAA certified single. Certifications count both sales and on-demand streams towards gold (500K), platinum (1M) and multi-platinum (2M+) thresholds. Thousands of songwriters have been certified since NMPA’s program began in 2007. For more information and to view our Gold & Platinum database, visit www.nmpa.org/gold-platinum-progr