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CCMA Awards Reveals Plans & Performers for Reimagined 2020 Show

As countless award shows have been postponed or cancelled for 2020, the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has reimagined its biggest event of the year with a multi-city broadcast delivering performances and, it says, "more talent than ever-before" for the 2020 CCMA Awards on Global. With just under a month left until the celebration, the CCMA says it has produced an intimate and entertaining awards show that will pay tribute to Canadian country music.

“As we worked to create this show we didn’t want to lose sight that winning a CCMA Award is a monumental experience for an artist and that although it seems like everything has changed, the one thing that remains constant is the hard work and achievements of our artists,” says CCMA President Tracy Martin. “Every year we hand out awards that reflect the excellence found in Canada within our genre and we couldn’t imagine not doing that this year. We’re so grateful to our broadcast partner Global TV who, without hesitation, stepped in to help us create this incredibly memorable show.”

Filmed in the fields of Burl’s Creek Event Grounds (Ontario) — home to the four-time CCMA Award-winning Boots and Hearts Music Festival — and against the skyline of Nashville, the 2020 CCMA Awards presented will air on Global and stream live on the Global TV App Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. E.T./P.T.. The show will also broadcast on Corus radio stations Country 105 (Calgary), CISN Country 103.9 (Edmonton), and Country 104 (London/Woodstock).

With never-before-seen performances by Don Amero, Dean Brody, Jade Eagleson, Lindsay Ell, Hunter Brothers, James Barker Band, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Brett Kissel, JoJo Mason, Jess Moskaluke, Meghan Patrick, MacKenzie Porter, The Reklaws, Dallas Smith, Tebey + Marie Mai, and Tenille Townes, the 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD will also include appearances by international artists Kane Brown, Sam Hunt + Breland, and Tim McGraw.

“This year’s show is truly a passion project,” adds Martin. “The dedication of our team to make a safe space for us to create this musical love letter to our genre is not something I’ll soon forget. We hope the virtual audience loves it as much as we do.”

All eight of the artist based CCMA Awards — Fans’ Choice, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Rising Star and TD Entertainer of the Year —  will be given out on-air on September 27. The remaining Awards will be presented during a virtual Country Music Week, attended by CCMA members in the days leading up to the 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD broadcast.

To view a complete listing of the 2020 nominees, go to 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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