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Brett Eldredge

Elvis songwriter Mac Davis honored by BMI

Songwriter Mac Davis, who wrote the Elvis Presley classic "In the Ghetto," was honored at the BMI Country Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday with tributes from Luke Bryan and Little Big Town.

Davis was given the BMI Icon award for penning five decades of hits in the pop and country worlds including "Memories," ''A Little Less Conversation," and "Texas in my Rearview Mirror."

The Lubbock, Texas-native was also a film and stage actor, TV and radio personality and had a solo career as a singer. Davis said he was in awe of Elvis' personality and thanked him for helping him as a songwriter and later as an artist.

"I watched...