Best Songwriter - 2012
Dan Wilson may have left his "hipster cred" in the '90s. Hey, it happens to the best of us when we reach a certain age, or as is Wilson's case, when you sell enough records or pen a tune that becomes the quintessential last-dance prom song for the class of 1999. Since releasing that hit, "Closing Time," and in fact since just after his days with Trip Shakespeare before that, Wilson has kept busy writing and producing songs for the likes of the Dixie Chicks (with whom he won a 2007 Song of the Year Grammy). He's writing good songs, and getting industry cred, critical cred, and popular cred while he's at it. Yeah, we'd leave our hipster cred of the '90s behind for all that, too.