top of page

Nashville Songwriter Awards 2022 Recap

The fifth annual Nashville Songwriter Awards took place last night - September 21st - at the Ryman Auditorium. Taylor Swift was honored as the Artist/Songwriter of the decade, and Ashley Gorley was named Songwriter of the Decade. Last night marked the first time the event has taken place in person since the COVID pandemic began. This was a night where everyone in the songwriting community could come together to honor their work. Some of Nashville's brightest stars were in attendance such as HARDY, Kelsea Ballerini, and Little Big Town. Here is a recap of the spectacular event.


Swift performed an acoustic version of her popular song "All Too Well (10 Minute Version" off of the re-recorded Red (Taylor's Version) album. When accepting the award, she mentioned her co-writer of "All Too Well," Liz Rose, as her "confidant" and "collaborator."

Credit: Jena Fowler

Before Gorley took to the stage to accept the well-deserving award, a medley of his hits was performed by other songwriters. Babyface made a surprise appearance to sing a stripped-down version of "Unforgettable," one of Gorley's No. 1 songs. Gorley's speech was also incredibly moving. He spoke about living in Nashville for 11 years before he ever had a hit on the radio.