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Thomas Rhett & Sam Hunt to Receive CMA Triple Play Awards

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  • February 05, 2018
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The Country Music Association announced the recipients for the ninth annual CMA Triple Play Awards. The Triple Play Awards honor those who penned three chart-topping hits in twelve months. This year, fifteen songwriters will receive trophies, including Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Ashley Gorley.

Thomas Rhett is a first-time recipient. “Die a Happy Man,” “Star of the Show,” and “Think a Little Less” make up his trifecta of hits. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Rhett talks about the unique mix of influences in his songs and how it affects their success, “I still think radio and country music and every genre are always ever-changing, so you just never know what’s gonna work. I keep going back to it, but if you feel it in your heart and you feel it in your gut that this is the best representation of you, then you should give it a shot.” Take a tropical trip with Rhett and see why he nabbed his first Triple Play in the music video for “Die a Happy Man” below!

Sam Hunt is another recipient. With hits like “Body Like a Back Road,” “Make You Miss Me,” and “I Met a Girl,” it’s no wonder he nabbed yet another Triple Play Award. Just in case you somehow missed it, check out “Body Like A Back Road” below.

Shane McAnally is to receive not one, but two awards! That’s right. He had six hits within a year! “Body Like a Back Road” is included in his six hits. In an LA Times Article, McAnally says that, “‘Body Like a Back Road’ has eclipsed everything I have ever done commercially. I hope I do, clearly, but I would be surprised if I ever had a song I’m more known for than that. It’s a career record for me.” His other five hits are “Different For Girls," “I Met A Girl," “If I Told You," “Drinkin Problem" and “Unforgettable." Our personal favorite is the song he penned for fellow Triple Play winner, Thomas Rhett. Check out “Unforgettable” below!

To say that Ashley Gorley is on a roll is an understatement. This past year, he had nine hits and will be taking home three Triple Play Awards. Talk about a triple whammy! We’re all wondering what is the secret to his success. During the ASCAP Expo, Gorley explained, “So it's not like figuring out a formula, and just continuing to do it. It's a different challenge every time. It's even more of a challenge once you've had hits, to try to maintain it. I've been afforded the opportunity to work with a ton of different people, so it always stay fresh. I also get to sign writers (to his company, Tape Room Music) and be in on that, and I get to juggle enough plates to never get bored or satisfied with anything."One of his many hits was Carrie Underwood's, “Dirty Laundry."

Other Triple Play recipients include: Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Jesse Frasure, Ben Hayslip, Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, and many more. See a full list of recipients below:

CMA Triple Play Award Recipients:

Rhett Akins
“Star Of The Show," recorded by Thomas Rhett
“Dirt On My Boots," recorded by Jon Pardi
“Small Town Boy," recorded Dustin Lynch

Ross Copperman
“Wanna Be That Song," recorded by Brett Eldredge
“Black," recorded by Dierks Bentley
“If I Told You," recorded by Darius Rucker

Zach Crowell
“Dirty Laundry," recorded by Carrie Underwood
“Body Like A Back Road," recorded by Sam Hunt
“Do I Make You Wanna," recorded by Billy Currington

Jesse Frasure
“Dirt On My Boots," recorded by Jon Pardi
“Road Less Traveled," recorded by Lauren Alaina
“No Such Thing as a Broken Heart," recorded by Old Dominion

Ashley Gorley
“American Country Love Song," recorded by Jake Owen
“Middle of a Memory," recorded by Cole Swindell
“Dirty Laundry," recorded by Carrie Underwood
“A Guy With a Girl," recorded by Blake Shelton
“Today," recorded by Brad Paisley
“Dirt On My Boots," recorded by Jon Pardi
“Black," recorded by Dierks Bentley
“Do I Make You Wanna," recorded by Billy Currington
“Unforgettable," recorded by Thomas Rhett

Ben Hayslip
“Mind Reader," recorded by Dustin Lynch
“Huntin', Fishin' And Lovin' Every Day," recorded by Luke Bryan
“Star Of The Show," recorded by Thomas Rhett

Sam Hunt
“Make You Miss Me"
“I Met a Girl," recorded by William Michael Morgan
“Body Like A Back Road"

Shane McAnally
“Different For Girls," recorded by Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
“I Met a Girl," recorded by William Michael Morgan
“Body Like A Back Road," recorded by Sam Hunt
“If I Told You," recorded by Darius Rucker
“Drinkin' Problem," recorded by Midland
“Unforgettable," recorded by Thomas Rhett

Josh Osborne
“Make You Miss Me," recorded by Sam Hunt
“Setting the World On Fire," recorded by Kenny Chesney featuring P!nk
“Body Like A Back Road," recorded by Sam Hunt

Matthew Ramsey
“Make You Miss Me," recorded by Sam Hunt
“Song for Another Time," recorded by Old Dominion
“No Such Thing as a Broken Heart," recorded by Old Dominion

Thomas Rhett
“Die A Happy Man"
“Star Of The Show"
“Think A Little Less," recorded by Michael Ray

Trevor Rosen
“I Met a Girl," recorded by William Michael Morgan
“Song for Another Time," recorded by Old Dominion
“No Such Thing as a Broken Heart," recorded by Old Dominion

Brad Tursi
“Song for Another Time," recorded by Old Dominion
“No Such Thing as a Broken Heart," recorded by Old Dominion
“Light It Up," recorded by Luke Bryan

Brad Warren
“Lights Come On," recorded by Jason Aldean
“Sober Saturday Night," recorded by Chris Young featuring Vince Gill
“Every Time I Hear That Song," recorded by Blake Shelton

Brett Warren
“Lights Come On," recorded by Jason Aldean
“Sober Saturday Night," recorded by Chris Young featuring Vince Gill
“Every Time I Hear That Song," recorded by Blake Shelton

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