The American songwriter and producer was honoured on Monday night (31Oct16) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. It marks the fourth time he’s been given the honour, after winning the award for the first time in 2009.

This year he picked up the prize for penning seven of the most-played ASCAP country songs during the eligibility period, including Luke Bryan’s Kick The Dust Up, Dan + Shay’s Nothin’ Like You and Jason Aldean’s Tonight Looks Good On You.

“I’m really excited about it,” Gorley said on the red carpet, reports Billboard. “It obviously never gets old – totally different songs, totally different year. I’m very humbled to get it again.”

Other winners include Chris Stapleton who took home the Vanguard Award, Ricky Skaggs who picked up the Founder’s Award and Brothers Osborne’s win for song of the year, Stay A Little Longer.