Country Aircheck Weekly (11/12)

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» Everything's Gonna Be On Tonight: Early 52nd CMA Awards winners are Kenny Chesney and David Lee Murphy, who won Musical Event for "Everything's Gonna Be Alright"; and Thomas Rhett and director TK McKamy, who won Music Video of the Year for "Marry Me." Additionally, Good Morning America's Lara Spencer has been added as a presenter. The 52nd CMA Awards will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena tonight (11/14) at 8pm ET on ABC.

» In Case You Didn't Go: Jesse Frasure was named Country Songwriter of the Year during last night's (11/13) 66th annual BMICountry Awards, held at the company's Nashville office. Frasure's credits include five of the most-performed songs of the past year: Thomas Rhett's "Marry Me" and "Unforgettable," Easton Corbin's "A Girl Like You," Old Dominion's "No Such Thing As A Broken Heart" and LoCash's "Ring On Every Finger." Brett Young's "In Case You Didn't Know" was awarded Song of the Year. It was written by Tyler Reeve and Trent Tomlinson and published by Big Mosquito Music, Big Spaces Music, Brown Hound Publishing, Kirbfinder's Mucho Love Music and Smack of Ham Songs. Publisher of the Year went to Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Group, which is responsible for 20 of the 50 most-performed songs of the year including Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" and Luke Combs' "When It Rains It Pours" and "Hurricane." Songwriter/musician Steve Cropperwas given the Icon Award and honored with performances of his classics by John Legend ("(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay"), Luke Combs("Knock On Wood"), Maggie Rose ("In The Midnight Hour"), and Lucie Silvas, Mike Farris and Kenny Greenberg ("Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Coming"). See the complete list of winners here.

» Executive Jeff: Former Red Bow northeast regional Jeff Davis has joined Aaron Watson's Big Label Records in the same role, newly created at BLR. Davis' other promotion stops include Cold River and his radio travelogue includes Gainesville, Daytona, Charlotte, Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Davis left Red Bow when it disbanded this summer (CAT 7/10). "He's passionate about music and radio and hustles to make things happen," says label head Tony Morreale. "He joins us at the perfect time to set up Aaron Watson's continued ascent in 2019 and as we broaden the roster." Reach Davis at 615-260-4975 or here.