Yesterday, the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced the final nominees in 34 CCMA Award categories. Topping the list of hopefuls with five nominations apiece are Dean Brody and Brett Kissel, while Gord Bamford, Johnny Reid, Dallas Smith, and The Washboard Union are close behind with four nominations each. Cold Creek County, Jess Moskaluke, and Bobby Wills scored three nominations apiece.
The nominees for the 2016 CCMA Fans’ Choice Award nominees were also announced. Voted on by Canadian country music fans, the choices this year are all male: Dean Brody, Brett Kissel, Johnny Reid, Dallas Smith and Yoan.
Voting for the Award is now open. Those who vote have the opportunity to enter the CCMA Ultimate Fan Contest, which will see one winner flown to London to attend Country Music Week 2016 and present the CCMA Fans’ Choice Award live on the Awards Show. Cast your vote and enter the contest at ccmafanvote.dmds.com
Eight awards will be presented during the 2016 CCMA Awards Show on Sunday, September 11, Returning as host will be television personality Jessi Cruickshank, and the show will be broadcast on CBC at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
In a press release, the irrepressible Cruickshank noted that "I am thrilled to be back as your CCMA Awards Show host! This time around, I guarantee the show will be bigger, the stars will be brighter and the jeans will be tighter. Giddy Up.”
“Congratulations to the 155 CCMA Members from the Canadian country music community that are receiving nominations, 40 of whom are receiving a CCMA nomination for the first time,” shared Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association. “Let this be an acknowledgement and accolade of the hard work they’ve put into their craft over the last year. We are so proud of the accomplishments of our CCMA family, and look forward to celebrating with everyone this September in London.”
In all, 42 CCMA Awards will be given out over three awards ceremonies during Country Music Week in London, Ontario, September 8 – 11. Ticket and event information regarding Country Music Week can be found at ccma.org. Performers for the 2016 CCMA Awards show will be announced throughout the month of August.
For a complete list of 2016 CCMA Awards nominees to-date, visit ccma.org
About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)
Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2016 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Ontario, the City of London and Tourism London.