The invitation-only event, held at their Nashville offices on Music Row, also included a special tribute to the late Joe Moscheo, music executive and former member of the Imperials.
Among the songs honored at the event was "Because He Lives (Amen)," the very popular song recorded by Matt Maher and inspired by Bill and Gloria Gaither's classic church favorite, "Because He Lives."
The writers and publishers of the following Southern Gospel songs were also honored at the event:
“EVERYBODY’S GOING THROUGH SOMETHING”
Writers: Karen Peck, Kenna West
Publishers: Christian Taylor Music, Karen Peck Music
Performing Artist: Karen Peck & New River
Writers: Monty Allen, Robert Arthur
Publishers: Bet The Farm Music, Kenziegray Music, Sir Rob Art Music
Performing Artist: The Whisnants
“JOYS OF HEAVEN”
Writer: Dianne Wilkinson
Publisher: Christian Taylor Music
Performing Artist: Kingdom Heirs
“LOVE THEM TO JESUS”
Writer: Rodney Birch
Publisher: Asheville Music Publishing
Performing Artist: The Old Paths
“OH YES I AM”
Writers: Regina Walden
Publishers: Asheville Music Publishing, Chris White Music
Performing Artist: Kingsmen Quartet
For a complete list of award recipients, visit bmi.com.