Nashville's songwriting elite came out in full force on Monday (Nov. 7) to attend the 2011 SESAC Nashville Music Awards as a part of the famous CMA week. Among them, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Ronnie Dunn and his ex-partner Kix Brooks, Edens Edge and Craig Campbell walked the red carpet for the event, which honors those who are typically behind-the-scenes in country music: the hit writers.

Dunn and Campbell entertained the crowd with performances of their hits, while Scott collected her pile of awards -- including three ribbons for her collaboration on three Lady Antebellum songs. Additionally, the Lady A frontlady picked up the evening's big giveaway, the Songwriter of the Year award, for penning Sara Evans' 'A Little Bit Stronger.' This is the third time that Scott has snagged the coveted award in just four years. "Not only is she in Lady Antebellum, but she’s a songwriter, which is great,” SESAC VP Tim Fink said. "And we’ll see more of that in the future because she’s writing a lot, and not just for Lady A."

Tonight, the festivities will continue with the BMI Awards, which will honor Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, among many others. The 2011 CMA Awards will air live on ABC on Nov. 9.