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Brett Kissel & James Barker Band Lead the 2019 CCMA Award Nominees

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced its nominees for the 2019 CCMA Awards. Leading the pack with five nominations each are 2018 Single of the Year Award-winning group James Barker Band and reigning Interactive Artist of the Year Brett Kissel.

Kissel is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Apple Music Fans' Choice Award, Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, MNP Male Artist of the Year, and Anthem Entertainment Songwriter(s) of the Year. James Barker Band will compete to take home wins in the Apple Music Fans' Choice Award, Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year, Single of the Year, and Anthem Entertainment Songwriter(s) of the Year categories.

Following closely behind with four nominations apiece are Paul Brandt (Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award, MNP Male Artist of the Year), Lindsay Ell (Female Artist of the Year, Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, Single of the Year, Video of the Year), Tim Hicks (Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award, MNP Male Artist of the Year), The Reklaws (Album of the Year, Apple Music Fans' Choice Award, Group or Duo of the Year, Video of the Year), Tenille Townes (Female Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Anthem Entertainment Songwriter(s) of the Year, Video of the Year) and Dallas Smith (Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Apple Music Fans' Choice Award, MNP Male Artist of the Year).

Returning to the 2019 CCMA Awards broadcast after a 30-year hiatus, the Entertainer of the Year Award will see Paul Brandt, Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel and Dallas Smith go head to head to win the most coveted award of the night.

Chosen by Canadian country music fans, the Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award nominees were announced late last night. Nomination leaders Brett Kissel and James Barker Band will compete with fellow country heavyweights Gord Bamford, Paul Brandt, Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, Hunter Brothers, The Reklaws, Dallas Smith and Guylaine Tanguay for fan votes heading into the biggest night of country music in Canada.

Voting for the Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award is now open. Canadian country music fans can vote by streaming on www.applemusic.com/CCMAawards or by visiting www.ccma.org/applemusicfanschoice. All rules and regulations for the voting process can also be found online.

To view a complete listing of the 2019 CCMA Awards nominees, go to www.ccma.org.

The 2019 CCMA Awards presented by TD will broadcast live from Calgary, AB on Global at 9 p.m. EST/PST. Livestream details to be announced at a later date.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.