Congrats to Mass native Lori McKenna!! She has been named the ACM Songwriter of the Year for 2017! The singer-songwriter is the first woman to win the honor in the 52-year history of the ACM Awards.
McKenna’s Songwriter of the Year win was revealed during the 2017 ACM Party for a Cause: Songwriter Showcase on Friday night (March 31); Cam helped make the big announcement. The ACM Songwriter of the Year trophy was first handed out in 1966, then discontinued until 2012.
McKenna is having a big year, thanks in large part to “Humble and Kind,” which Tim McGraw made a major hit. The song earned McKenna Song of the Year at the 2016 CMA Awards and Best Country Song at the 2017 Grammy Awards; McKenna also won a Grammys trophy in that same category in 2016, along with Liz Rose and fellow 2017 ACM Songwriter of the Year nominee Hillary Lindsey, with whom she wrote Little Big Town's“Girl Crush.”
A phenomenal performer in her own right, McKenna has released eight studio albums under her own name. Those releases include 2016’s The Bird and the Rifle, which landed at No. 19 on the country music charts.