Toby Keith tops BMI Country Awards

Nov. 5, 2006 at 3:25 PM

NASHVILLE, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- At the BMI Country Awards ceremony in Nashville, singer Toby Keith took home two songwriting awards for his song, "As Good As I Once Was."

The 45-year-old country music sensation was named the Saturday event's Songwriter of the Year recipient for the third time in his career and also picked up Song of the Year honors for his part in writing "As Good As I Once Was," said a BMI news release.

Keith shared this year's Songwriter of the Year honors with fellow recipients Ed Hill and Vicky McGehee, while songwriter Scotty Emerick was recognized as well for his part in this year's top song.

The annual event presented Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville with this year's Publisher of the Year honors for having produced 17 of 2006's top 50 tracks.

To round out the ceremony that also featured a tribute to singer Merle Haggard, Keith's award-winning song was presented with the 38th Robert J. Burton Award for Most Performed Country Song of the Year.

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