Monday, September 09, 2013


Terri Clark is Canada's favourite again

Canadian country music rocked from coast to coast as the 31st CCMA Awards took place in Edmonton, Alberta.on Sunday night.
Crowd favourite Gord Bamford headed to this year’s Country Music Week® leading the pack with seven nominations. On the TV broadcast,  he picked up three Awards for Album of the Year, Single of the Year, and CMT Video of the Year. In total, Bamford won five 2013 CCMA Awards, having previously shared a win earlier in the week with Buddy Owens and Ray Stephenson for Songwriter(s) of the Year, and with Byron Hill for Record Producer of the Year.
Dean Brody also came away a winner, taking home top honour as the Male Artist of the Year, while Kira Isabella won Female Artist of the Year. Last year Isabella won the CCMA Rising Star Award, which this year went to newcomer Bobby Wills, who counts the honour as his first-ever CCMA Award win. The Stellas were also recognized as Group or Duo of the Year, rounding out the awards for 2013.
Terri Clark, who is featured in a new exhibit in Nashville's Country Hall Of Fame, was voted the Fans favourite. Terri has won the Fan Choice award on six previous occasions, she last won the accolade in 2007.  Unfortunately, Terri wasn't at Country Music Week, but posted on her Facebook page, "I woke up to a million congrats texts and read that I won the fans choice award last night at CCMAs.I am utterly shocked and humbled.I didn't attend this year, as I figured taking one year off after the last 18 would be good for me as busy as I have been with several projects as of late. To be honest , I didn't think I stood a chance of winning after all of these years." 
Johnny Reid who makes his homecoming concerts in Glasgow & Edinburgh next week, missed out on the top awards this year, but still had the Top Selling Canadian Country album, for "Fire It Up" (which also won the same award last year)

The main 2013 CCMA Award winners :
Fans’ Choice Award - Terri Clark
Single of the Year  -  “Leaning On A Lonesome Song” - Gord Bamford
Album of the Year  -  Is It Friday Yet? – Gord Bamford
CMT Video of the Year  - “Leaning On A Lonesome Song” – Gord Bamford
Female Artist of the Year  - Kira Isabella
Male Artist of the Year - Dean Brody
Group or Duo of the Year  -The Stellas
CCMA RISING STAR Award - Bobby Wills
Roots Artist or Group of the Year  - Corb Lund
Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year   -  Fire It Up by Johnny Reid

Also over the weekend, it was a deeply moving moment for the crowd to see the 2013 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees celebrate Rita MacNeil and Ed Harris were both honoured for their lifelong commitment to furthering country music in Canada.

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