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Tenille Townes, Dallas Smith & More of Canadian Country Music's Brightest Honoured at CCMA Awards

Country Music Week has wrapped up in Calgary, and over the last three days the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has honoured dozens of musicians and industry professionals for their achievements in country music. First, on Friday, Sept. 6 the week’s first round of winners were announced at the CCMA Industry Brunch & Awards presented by Nielsen Music. That was followed on Saturday by the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards and then, on Sunday night was the big spectacle, with the televised CCMA Awards at Calgary’s iconic Scotiabank Saddledome, with the show hosted by Dallas Smith and Billy Ray Cyrus and televised and livestreamed by Global.

The week’s biggest awards were handed out last night at the televised awards show. Tenille Townes and show co-host Dallas Smith led the pack with multiple wins. Townes went home with her first-ever CCMA Awards this Country Music Week, taking both Single of the Year and Female Artist of the Year during the broadcast, adding to her earlier wins in the Anthem Entertainment Songwriter(s) of the Year and Video of the Year categories, for a total of four overall wins. Smith returned as the MNP Male Artist of the Year and also took home the coveted Entertainer of the Year, which returned to the CCMA Awards broadcast following a 30-year hiatus.

Show-stopping performances by Old Dominion and Tim Hicks had fans on their feet all night while never-before-seen collaborations from High Valley and Lindsay Ell and country sweethearts Meghan Patrick and Mitchell Tenpenny created special moments for all in attendance. Ford Album of the Year winners The Reklaws’ mashup performance of “Feels Like That” and “Country Roads” had fans cheering so loudly they could be heard all the way back in Toronto. Additional highlights included the show’s opening number, which saw Dallas Smith’s #1 hit single “Drop” flow into a collaboration performance of “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus and Terri Clark and international platinum-selling Morgan Wallen’s debut performance of his chart-topping hit “Whiskey Glasses” on the CCMA Awards stage.

Winners:

Entertainer of the Year
Dallas Smith

Ford Album of the Year
Feels Like That - The Reklaws

Apple Music Fans' Choice Award
Brett Kissel

Female Artist of the Year
Tenille Townes

Group or Duo of the Year
The Washboard Union

MNP Male Artist of the Year
Dallas Smith

Rising Star
Jade Eagleson

Single of the Year
"Somebody’s Daughter" -Tenille Townes

2019 CCMA GALA DINNER & AWARDS WINNERS

On Saturday, 13 awards were handed out the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards presented by SOCAN, the second awards ceremony being held on the weekend. The 2019 gala dinner and awards is the most formal event of Country Music Week. From industry executives and artist-driven companies to recognized songwriters and performers, a wide array of talent was honoured throughout the evening. Adding to the celebratory tone of the evening were performances by Don Amero, Shawn Austin, Jade Eagleson, Andrew Hyatt & Emma-Lee and MacKenzie Porter — some of whom graced the 2019 CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards stage for the first time.

Taking home their first-ever CCMA Awards were Alberta’s Lindsay Ell (Interactive Artist or Group of the Year presented by Miller Thomson) and Tenille Townes (Anthem Entertainment Songwriter(s) of the Year), both of whom have had an incredible year with number-one charting singles in Canada. The evening award ceremony also presented a tie in the Roots Album of the Year category, with both Donovan Woods and The Washboard Union earning the title for 2019.

The 2019 CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards winners:

Interactive Artist or Group of the Year presented by Miller Thomson
Lindsay Ell

Roots Album of the Year
TIE
Both Ways - Donovan Woods
What We’re Made Of - The Washboard Union

Anthem Entertainment Songwriter(s) of the Year
Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Tenille Townes
Song: "Somebody’s Daughter" (Performed by: Tenille Townes)

Top Selling Album of the Year
Graffiti U - Keith Urban

Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year presented by Music Canada
3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard - Guylaine Tanguay

Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year presented by ACTRA RACS
Long Live The Night - The Reklaws

Radio Station of the Year (Large Market)
CKBY-FM - Ottawa, ON

Radio Station of the Year (Medium or Small Market)
CKGY-FM - Red Deer, AB

Music Publishing Company of the Year
ole (Anthem Entertainment)

Record Company of the Year
Warner Music Canada

Industry Person of the Year
Steve Coady - Vice President, Radio Promotions, Warner Music Canada

Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year
Paul Biro - Sakamoto Agency

Video of the Year
"Somebody’s Daughter" - Tenille Townes

2019 CCMA INDUSTRY BRUNCH & AWARDS WINNERS

On Friday, the awards got underway at the CCMA Industry Brunch & Awards presented by Nielsen Music. Always the kick-off to a weekend, the CCMA Industry Brunch & Awards recognized winners in 21 award categories this morning.

Taking place at the Telus Convention Centre and hosted by Country 105’s Robyn Adair, the CCMA Industry Brunch & Awards celebrated the country’s top talent through performances by Tenille Arts, Ryan Langdon, Nice Horse, Steven Lee Olsen and Emily Reid. Recognizing some of Canada’s most influential music industry professionals, the morning award ceremony saw CCMA Board of Directors member Amanda Kingsland take home the title of Music Director of the Year (Large Market) while her female-focused Girl Power Hour (Rogers Media) took home the trophy for Country Music Program or Special of the Year.

The 2019 CCMA Industry Brunch & Awards winners are:

Bass Player of the Year
Lisa Dodd

Guitar Player of the Year
Matt McKay

Keyboard Player of the Year
Bart McKay

Specialty Instrument Player of the Year
Mitch Jay

Drummer of the Year
Chad Melchert

Fiddle Player of the Year
Tyler Vollrath

Steel Guitar Player of the Year
Mitch Jay

Music Director of the Year (Large Market)
Amanda Kingsland - CKBY-FM - Ottawa, ON

Music Director of the Year (Medium or Small Market)
Paul Ferguson - CHCQ-FM - Belleville, ON

On-Air Personality(ies) of the Year (Large Market)
CISN in The Mornings with Chris, Jack & Matt - CISN-FM - Edmonton, AB

On-Air Personality(ies) of the Year (Medium or Small Market)
The Real Wake Up with Vinnie & Randi - CKGY-FM - Red Deer, AB

Booking Agency of the Year
The Feldman Agency

Country Club of the Year
Rock ’N’ Horse Saloon - Toronto, ON

Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition of the Year
Cavendish Beach Music Festival - Cavendish, PE

Country Music Program or Special of the Year
Girl Power Hour - Rogers Media

Management Company of the Year
Invictus Entertainment Group

Creative Director(s) of the Year
Design Team: Buckspring Inc., Photography: Andrik Langfield, Tanner Wendell Stewart, Jonathan Taylor Sweet, Paul Tellefsen
Albums: The Journey YYC Vol. 1, The Journey BNA Vol. 2, The Journey YYC-BNA Deluxe Volume; Single: Bittersweet feat. Lindsay Ell, Tour Graphics: The Journey Tour (Artist: Paul Brandt)

Recording Studio of the Year
Revolution Recording - Toronto, ON

Record Producer(s) of the Year
Jeff Dalziel
Album: Juliet (Artist: Dan Davidson)

Retailer of the Year
Apple Music

Video Director of the Year
Ben Knechtel
Video: "Ain’t My Fault" (Live From Toronto / 2019) (Artist: Jade Eagleson), Video: "Count The Ways" (Artist: Jade Eagleson)
Video: "Dear Drunk Me" (Artist: Chad Brownlee)
Video: "Feels Like That" (Artist: The Reklaws)
Video: "Forever’s Gotta Start Somewhere" (Artist: Chad Brownlee)
Video: "Got Your Name On It" (Artist: Jade Eagleson)
Video: "Keep It Simple" (Artist: James Barker Band)
Video: Long Live The Night (Artist: The Reklaws)
Video: "Lost" (Artist: Hunter Brothers)
Video: "Never Be The Same" (Artist: James Barker Band)
Video: "Save Some Of That Whiskey" (Artist: Jess Moskaluke)
Video: "The Worst Kind feat. Lindsay Ell" (Artist: Tim Hicks);

For more information, go to www.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.