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Brett Kissel, Dallas Smith & Tenille Townes Each Take Home 3 CCMA Awards

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) celebrated the best in country music on Sunday, Sept. 27 as the 2020 CCMA Awards were broadcast nationally on Global TV. With seven artist-category awards handed out at the CCMA Music Industry Awards and eight additional awards handed out on-air, the CCMA created a memorable night of special performances amidst a global pandemic.

The 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD were filmed in two different countries over the course of four days earlier this summer. Capturing the beauty of Ontario and the excitement of Nashville, each performance of this year’s broadcast highlighted the incredible talent found within Canada and paid tribute to the country.

Vancouver’s Dallas Smith took home the coveted TD Entertainer of the Year award for the second consecutive year. Smith was also lauded for his outstanding accomplishments in 2020 on Saturday night at the CCMA Music Industry Awards where he took home awards in both the Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year presented by Music Canada and Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year categories.

Also celebrating three wins is Alberta’s Brett Kissel, who landed wins in the Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and for the second year in a row he took home Fans’ Choice. Brett also celebrated a win at the CCMA Music Industry Awards for Creator Director(s) of the Year.

2019’s breakout star Tenille Townes continued her ACM winning streak as she accepted awards in the Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the Year presented by SOCAN and Video of the Year categories.

Performed from both official CCMA Award locations, James Barker Band’s “Keep It Simple” earned Single of the Year status while The Washboard Union celebrated their third consecutive win in the Group or Duo of the Year category and second consecutive win in the Roots Album of the Year category.

Lindsay Ell wins Interactive Artist or Group of the Year for the second year in a row and Saskatchewan’s Tenille Arts celebrated her first-ever CCMA Awards win for Rising Star.

OFFICIAL 2020 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD WINNERS:

TD Entertainer of the Year

Dallas Smith

Album of the Year

Now or Never — Brett Kissel

Fans' Choice

Brett Kissel

Female Artist of the Year

Tenille Townes

Group or Duo of the Year

The Washboard Union

Male Artist of the Year

Brett Kissel

Single of the Year

“Keep It Simple” — James Barker Band

Rising Star

Tenille Arts

Interactive Artist or Group of the Year

Lindsay Ell

Roots Album of the Year

Everbound — The Washboard Union

Songwriter(s) of the Year presented by SOCAN

Tina Parol, Gordie Sampson, Tenille Townes

Song: “Jersey on the Wall (I'm Just Asking)”

(Performed by: Tenille Townes)

Top Selling Album of the Year

What You See Is What You Get — Luke Combs

Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year presented by Music Canada

The Fall — Dallas Smith

Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year

“Drop” — Dallas Smith

Video of the Year

“Jersey on the Wall (I'm Just Asking)”  — Tenille Townes

To view a full list of the 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD winners, visit ccma.org.

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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.
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