Tuesday, 13 September 2011

2011 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

CCMA Press Release

Johnny Reid and Dean Brody lead the pack as winners at the 2011 canadian country music awards in Hamilton, ON
( September 12, 2011)



2011 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Hamilton, ON (September 12, 2011) – The 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards rocked Hamilton tonight during one of the most star-studded events in Canadian country music. Johnny Reid set the stage for an outstanding night of performances with this opening number, Let’s Go Higher; and it was clear from the start that it would be a night to remember for the 2011 nominee.  With his most recent album, A Place Called Love receiving the title of Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year at last night’s Gala Awards, Johnny Reid received three 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards for CMT Video of the Year (Today I’m Gonna Try And Change The World), Male Artist of the Year and the coveted Fans’ Choice Award.

Dean Brody took home two 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards throughout the course of the night; Single of the Year  for Trial of Life  and Album of the Year for Trial of Life as well. Terri Clark went home with Female Artist of the Year and trio Hey Romeo took Group or Duo of the Year. Last year’s New Artist Showcase winner Chad Brownlee won his first Canadian Country Music Award for Rising Star.  
One after another, Canada’s biggest names and most exciting Canadian country recording artists graced The Canadian Country Music Awards stage to the delight of a packed audience at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum. Presenters included Deric Ruttan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Ronnie Dunn, Ron James, Howie Dorough and Michelle Wright as well as a rare duet with  Doc Walker and Luke Bryan, collaborating on a performance of their songs that share the same name, Country Girl.
Eight Canadian Country Music Awards were bestowed throughout the night with wins going to the following:

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD -  Johnny Reid
SINGLE OF THE YEAR - Trail In Life Dean Brody 
ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Trail In Life Dean Brody 
CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR - Today I’m Gonna Try And Change The World – Johnny Reid
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR - Terri Clark
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR - Johnny Reid
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR - Hey Romeo
RISING STAR - Chad Brownlee

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES CELEBRATED AS THE CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2011 GALA DINNER AND ALL STAR BAND AWARD WINNERS
Hamilton, ON (September 12, 2011) - Yesterday was a day full of award ceremonies for the 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards. Two award ceremonies, the Gala Dinner Awards and the All-Star Band Awards & Jam Session ended the weekend but only started the fun. The final round of awards will be handed out tonight at the 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, ON.

The Gala Dinner boasted outstanding performances by Victoria Banks, FACTOR presenting artist Chad Brownlee, Shane Chisholm , Terri Clark, Katie Love Hess, High Valley, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Jimmy Rankin and The Band Perry. This year’s two Hall of Fame Inductions were held during the Gala honouring Michelle Wright  and Bill Langstroth . The Slaight Music Humanitarian Award recipient, Johnny Reid was honoured and also received recognition as Top Selling Canadian  Album of the Year.

2011 GALA DINNER WINNERS 

ARTIST HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE - Michelle Wright

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR - Trail In Life (written by Dean Brody; recorded by Dean Brody)

Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year (Canadian Sales only)  -  Johnny Reid
Top Selling International Album of the Year (Canadian sales only)  -  Taylor Swift

Drums - Steve Broadhurst (Doc Walker)
Bass - Shane Chisholm (Shane Chisholm )
Guitar - Jason Barry (Victoria Banks/Dean Brody/Aaron Lines)
Keyboards - Rob Shapiro (Hey Romeo)
Fiddle - Denis Dufresne (Deric Ruttan) / Shane Guse (Jason Blaine/George Canyon/The Western Swing Authority)
Steel Guitar -Ed Ringwald (George Canyon)
Special Instrument
Denis Dufresne – Mandolin (Pear/Deric Ruttan)

RECORD COMPANY OF THE YEAR - Open Road Recordings
Station of the Year (major market)  - CJJR FM, Vancouver
Station of the Year (second market)  - CKGY FM, Red Deer
BUILDER HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE - Bill Langstroth *

Quotes - Medicine Hat, Alta.-raised Terri Clark was named female artist of the year and gave an emotion-filled speech after the 2010 death of her mother from cancer.
Shaking, shaking, shaking — I’m going to try and say this without crying,” said Clark, who performed a cover of Trooper’s For a Long Time later on. “But this is first CCMA that I’ve won that my mom hasn’t been sitting in the front row smiling at me.”

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SOURCES - The full list of awards can be found at www.ccma.org
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