BILLY IS PRESENTED BMI'S MILLION AIR AWARD ON OPRY STAGE at the ryman auditorium in nashville
June 11th was a special day as Billy was invited to perform his 50th appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. As Billy completed the last of three songs he was performing, he was surprised by the show's host, Larry Gatlin, as he, along with WSM and Grand Ole Opry announcer, Bill Cody, presented Billy with the coveted "Million Air Award" for the Yates penned, "I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair" that country music legend, George Jones made famous back in 1992. The song was Yates' first song to have been recorded by anyone and was also awarded the "CMA Vocal Event of the Year" in 1993.
The BMI Million Air Award is awarded to songwriters, composers and publishers whose songs accumulate over one million U.S. broadcast performance, the designation has been bestowed upon many revered songwriters, including Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton, and Roy Orbison.