Country music legends Keith Urban and Beccy Cole led the winner’s tally at tonight’s 40th Jayco CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, collecting two Golden Guitars respectively.
During an unforgettable evening to celebrate the Award’s 40th anniversary, Keith proved that he is still a favourite amongst Australian audiences, taking out ‘Male Artist of the Year’ and ‘Sanity Top Selling Album of the Year’ for his album Get Closer, while Beccy won a Golden Guitar for ‘Female Artist of the Year’ for Songs & Pictures, as well as Vocal Collaboration of the Year with Kasey Chambers for their duet ‘Millionaires’.
Adam Harvey secured the night’s most prestigious award – ‘Album of the Year’ for Falling Into Place, produced by Rod McCormack.
Melbourne foursome Jetty Road took out ‘Group or Duo of the Year’, while country music’s sweetheart Catherine Britt, scored a win for ‘Single of the Year’ for her song ‘Sweet Emmylou’.
Performing live on the night, both Shane Nicholson and O’Shea collected Golden Guitars for ‘APRA Song of the Year’ and ‘Telstra New Talent of the Year’ respectively.
The evening, hosted by Ray Hadley OAM and Felicity Urquhart, featured a range of special surprises and performances but none were surpassed by Anne Kirkpatrick closing the show with a moving tribute of ‘Looking Forward, Looking Back’, the song made famous by her late father Slim Dusty.
The full list of winners for the 40th Jayco CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia are:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR Falling Into Place - Adam Harvey, produced by Rod McCormack (Sony Music)
SANITY TOP SELLING ALBUM OF THE YEAR Get Closer - Keith Urban (EMI Music Australia)
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Keith Urban - Long Hot Summer (EMI Music Australia)
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Beccy Cole – Waitress (Core Music)
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR Jetty Road - Serves You Right
VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR Millionaires - Beccy Cole & Kasey Chambers (Core Music)
TELSTRA NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR O'Shea – Smash (Sony Music)
APRA SONG OF THE YEAR Bad Machines - Written & recorded by Shane Nicholson (Liberation Music)
VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR Children Of The Gurindji - Sara Storer & Kev Carmody, directed by Duncan Toombs (ABC Music)
SINGLE OF THE YEAR Sweet Emmylou - Catherine Britt (ABC Music)
TOYOTA HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR I Am Australian - The Bushwackers
FENDER INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR OMFG - Davidson Brothers
BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR Channel Country Ground - Written by Merv Maltman, recorded by Dean Perrett & Lee Kernaghan
2011 PRODUCER OF THE YEAR- Matt Fell
2011 ENGINEER OF THE YEAR- Ted Howard
2011 MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR - Mark Punch
Click here for a collection of images from the night.
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