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Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, who was named performing rights organization SESAC's Songwriter of the Year in 2009, repeated her success tonight (Nov. 8) during the annual SESAC Awards in Nashville. Hillary co-wrote the group's hits "Need You Now," "Our Kind of Love" and "I Run to You."
Hillary attended the event along with her Lady Antebellum bandmates Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley. The trio's multiweek No. 1 hit “Need You Now” was awarded Song of the Year honors.
Hillary's mother, singer Linda Davis (“Does He Love You”), and other members of Hillary's family were also in attendance.
“It's wonderful,” Hillary told Country Weekly when asked about having so many supporters with her. “My whole family is here tonight, so it feels great to be here. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for them. It's been a really busy year. We haven't been home a whole lot, so I haven't been able to see them as much as I would like to.”
“Mom, if you want to see me, you have to come to an awards show,” quipped Charles.
Other honorees included Jim Lauderdale, who received the Inspiration Award. His songs “Twang” and “I Gotta Get to You” were recorded by George Strait. “I'm very humbled by it and don't think I deserve it,” Jim said. “It never gets old to get a George Strait cut. I'm going to be trying for the next record.”
The SESAC festivities are part of a number of events leading up to the Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 10.