Brooks, Jackson, Van Zandt nominated for songwriters hall of fame
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Brooks, Jackson, Van Zandt nominated for songwriters hall of fame

Monday, June 20, 2011 – Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Townes Van Zandt were among 15 songwriters nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Brooks, Jackson and Van Zandt were the 2011 nominees in the Songwriter/Artist category along with Larry Gatlin and Amy Grant. John Bettis, Robert Byrne, J.J. Cale, Jan Crutchfield, Mark James, Dan Penn, Gretchen Peters, Thom Schuyler, Allen Shamblin and John Scott Sherrill are the Songwriter category nominees.

"This is an amazing group of songwriters and songwriter/artists," said John Van Mol, chair of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation (NaSHOF), which owns and administers the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Every one of them is extremely worthy of induction, and it is our honor to place each of their names in nomination."

Van Mol said the ballot seeks to recognize songwriters whose first significant works achieved commercial success and/or artistic recognition at least 20 years ago and who have "positively impacted and been closely associated with the Nashville Music Community and deemed to be outstanding and significant." This year's inductees will be announced in the coming weeks before the dinner, he added.

The 10 Songwriter Category nominees were:

John Bettis (Slow Hand by Conway Twitty/The Pointer Sisters, Top Of The World by The Carpenters/Lynn Anderson)

Robert Byrne [1954-2005] (Two Dozen Roses by Shenandoah, Rose Bouquet by Phil Vassar)

J.J. Cale (Cocaine by Eric Clapton, Call Me The Breeze by Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Jan Crutchfield (Statue Of A Fool by Jack Greene/Brian Collins/Ricky Van Shelton (Dream On Little Dreamer by Perry Como)

Mark James (Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley, Always On My Mind by Willie Nelson)

Dan Penn (I'm Your Puppet by James & Bobby Purify, The Dark End Of The Street by James Carr/Archie Campbell & Lorene Mann)

Gretchen Peters (Independence Day by Martina McBride, The Chill Of An Early Fall by George Strait)

Thom Schuyler (16th Avenue by Lacy J. Dalton, Love Will Turn You Around by Kenny Rogers)

Allen Shamblin (I Can't Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt, The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert)

John Scott Sherrill (Nothin' But The Wheel by Patty Loveless, Would You Go With Me by Josh Turner)

The five nominees in the Songwriter/Artist category were

Garth Brooks (If Tomorrow Never Comes, Unanswered Prayers and The Thunder Rolls)

Larry Gatlin (Broken Lady, Statues Without Hearts, All The Gold In California)

Amy Grant (Baby Baby, Every Heartbeat, Tennessee Christmas)

Alan Jackson (Don't Rock The Jukebox, Chattahoochee, Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)

Townes Van Zandt [1944-1997] (If I Needed You, Pancho And Lefty, White Freight Liner Blues

Two Songwriters and one Songwriter/Artist will be inducted at the NaSHOF's annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony to be held Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. Tickets for the event will go on sale in late August.

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