The There Goes My Life singer received the BMI President's Award, which is handed out annually to country songwriters executives of the performing rights organisation BMI believe have had a profound influence on the entertainment industry.

In his honour, his fellow country star Keith Urban performed Chesney's track I Go Back while Eric Church took on Anything But Mine and songwriter Dean Dillon gave a rendition of Chesney's first ever single, The Tin Man.

A teary-eyed Chesney reportedly told the audience upon accepting his award, "I don’t know that in my whole life I’ve ever felt so much love in a room... Thank you for that.

"Me on stage wouldn’t be possible without my creative spirit and without my creative heart. God put a song in my heart years ago and made me want to write songs. Without that, there wouldn’t be anything else.”

Urban praised the singer for being a friend on tour when he had just left rehab for drug and alcohol abuse, according to the Associated Press.

"We had a heart-to-heart about what I was going through and you were just a friend right from that moment and it's only stayed that way ever since," he said. "Brother, I love you."

This is Chesney's first honour out of two he is set to receive this week (beg31Oct16). On Wednesday night (02Nov16), he is due to be presented with the Pinnacle Award at the 50th annual Country Music Association Awards (CMAs).

At the BMI ceremony, which was held in Nashville, Tennessee, Ross Copperman was named songwriter of the year and the Thomas Rhett song Die a Happy Man won country song of the year.