Chris Stapleton will be honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award at the 2016 ASCAP Country Music Awards, which take place at Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 31.

“Every so often, someone comes along with songwriting so masterful, a voice so powerful and a presence so captivating, that it stops you in your tracks,” says ASCAP President Paul Williams in a press release. “Chris Stapleton does just that. By distilling Southern sounds and themes into potent songs, he has brought raw soul back to the country charts, and established himself as one of the most respected and original artists in American music today. We are thrilled to honor him with the ASCAP Vanguard Award.”

The Vanguard Award "recognizes the impact of outstanding ASCAP members on musical genres that will help shape the future of American music." Previous recipients include Walk the Moon, St. Vincent, fun., the Civil Wars, Third Day, Band of Horses and Sara Bareilles, among others.

In addition to Stapleton, the 54th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards will recognize Ricky Skaggs with the ASCAP Founders Award, as well as reveal the ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. Live performances of the top five most performed songs by the award-winning songwriters and the artists who recorded them will also be featured.

Stapleton's success continues to skyrocket within the country genre. The singer-songwriter has co-written six No. 1 hits and has gone on to success of his own as a solo artist with his critically acclaimed debut album, Traveller.

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