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Shania Twain Leads the Way at the CCMA Awards Celebrate Country Music’s Best & Brightest

Canada’s country music industry celebrated its best and brightest over the weekend, first with the CCMA Gala on Saturday and then with the broadcasted CCMA Awards show from the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, ON on Sunday night. Broadcast live on CBC, the Sunday evening saw host Shania Twain awarded with Top Selling Album of the Year, Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year, the CCMA Generation Award, and the coveted Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award.
One-of-a-kind performances were at the heart of the show’s success, starting with the night’s opener – a Shania Twain tribute performed by Album of the Year winner Jess Moskaluke, Kira Isabella, and Madeline Merlo. Surrounded by a crowd of 10,000 country music fans, the 2018 CCMA Awards stage came to life as internet-sensation Mason Ramsey made his first Canadian award show appearance and international superstar Keith Urban performed his hit “Never Coming Down.”

Highlights also included collaboration performances by 2018 CCMA Award winner Brett Kissel (Interactive Artist of the Year) and Serena Ryder, a tribute performance for 2018 Hall of Fame inductee Terri Clark by Suzy Boggus, Jessica Mitchell, Meghan Patrick (2018 Female Artist of the Year) and Clark herself.

2018 CCMA Award Winners:

FORD Album of the Year

Past the Past – Jess Moskaluke

Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award

Shania Twain

Female Artist of the Year

Meghan Patrick

Group or Duo of the Year

The Washboard Union

Male Artist of the Year

Dallas Smith

Sirius XM Rising Star

The Reklaws

Single of the Year

“Chills” – James Barker Band

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) handed out 14 awards at the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards, presented by SOCAN, its second of three awards ceremonies being held this weekend in Hamilton, ON. The evening was brought to life with numerous performances, inductions into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame (Terri Clark and Jackie Rae Greening) and the presentation of two CCMA Awards of Achievement (Slaight Music Humanitarian Award and the Leonard T. Rambeau International Award).

It was also a night of repeat wins in a handful of artist award categories. Brett Kissel took home the CCMA Award for Interactive Artist of the Year for the fifth consecutive year while The Washboard Union celebrated their third win in the Roots Artist or Group of the Year category. Four-time 2018 CCMA Award nominees James Barker Band took home their first CCMA Awards win for Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year (“Chills”).

2018 CCMA GALA AWARD WINNERS

Interactive Artist or Group of the Year

Brett Kissel

Roots Artist or Group of the Year (presented by CCS Rights Management)

The Washboard Union

Songwriter(s) of the Year (presented by ole)

Skip Black, Aaron Goodvin, Catt Gravitt

Song: Lonely Drum (Performed By: Aaron Goodvin)

Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year (presented by ACTRA RACS)

“Chills” – James Barker Band

Guitar Player of the Year (presented by Yamaha)

Matt McKay

Keyboard Player of the Year (presented by Yamaha)

Bart McKay

Specialty Instrument Player of the Year (presented by Judy Marsales Real Estate)

Shane Guse – Mandolin

Radio Station of the Year (Large Market)

CISN-FM – Edmonton, Alberta

Radio Station of the Year (Medium or Small Market)

CHCQ-FM – Belleville, Ontario

Music Publishing Company of the Year

ole

Record Company of the Year (presented by Music Canada)

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

Jim Cressman – Invictus Entertainment Group

Stingray Video of the Year

“Sky Stays This Blue” – Dallas Smith

For more information, go to www.ccma.org.

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Mike Raine is the Senior editor of Canadian Musician.