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CCMA Awards 2012 Nominees + Lots More Performers!

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Johnny Reid, Gord Bamford and Dean Brody lead the CCMA Award nominations


September 9 is going to be one of the biggest nights Saskatoon has ever seen, and it's all live on CBC. We'll be with some of the most popular country music names in Canada - nay, the world - who will descend on Saskatchewan's largest city to celebrate and honour the best this nation has to offer. Today, along with even more big name performers for the ceremony, the nominations for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards have been announced by CBC Radio 2's Tom Power.


Leading the way this year is Johnny Reid with eight nods to his name, taking his overall haul of CCMA Award nominations to a whopping thirty - of which he's won half. He's closely followed by Dean Brody and Gord Bamford, both with seven nominations each. Here are the big ten categories for this year's CCMA Awards, and remember to head to CCMA.org for a full list of nominations and to vote for the Fans' Choice Award.


Fans' Choice Award:

Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Terri Clark
Hey Romeo
Johnny Reid


Single of the Year:

Canadian Girls Dean Brody
Fire It Up Johnny Reid
Is It Friday Yet? Gord Bamford
Somebody Somewhere Dallas Smith
They Don't Make Em' Like That Anymore Jason Blaine


Album of the Year:

16 & 1 Doc Walker
Dirt Dean Brody
Fire It Up Johnny Reid
Give It Away Paul Brandt
Roots And Wings Terri Clark


Songwriter(s) of the Year:

Canadian Girls (written by Dean Brody; performed by Dean Brody)
Fire It Up (written by Marty Dodson/Alan Frew/Johnny Reid; performed by
Johnny Reid)
Is It Friday Yet? (written by Gord Bamford/Roger Brown/Byron Hill;
performed by Gord Bamford)
Mainstreet, 1979 (written by Deric Ruttan; performed by Deric Ruttan)
They Don't Make 'em Like That Anymore (written by Jason Blaine/Deric Ruttan; performed by Jason Blaine)


CMT Video of the Year:

Canadian Girls Dean Brody
Fire It Up Johnny Reid
Give It Away Paul Brandt
I'm Your Man Ryan Laird
In This House the Stellas


Female Artist of the Year:

Victoria Banks
Terri Clark
Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Tara Oram
Michelle Wright


Male Artist of the Year:

Gord Bamford
Jason Blaine
Dean Brody
Chad Brownlee
Johnny Reid


Group or Duo of the Year:

Doc Walker
Emerson Drive
Hey Romeo
High Valley
The Stellas


Roots Artist or Group of the Year:

Ridley Bent
Shane Chisholm
Sean Hogan
Corb Lund
Jimmy Rankin


Rising Star:

Kira Isabella
Ryan Laird
Codie Prevost
Dallas Smith
The Stellas


Check out the full list of nominations at the CCMA website.


As well as the nominations announcement, a host of new performers have been added to the CCMA Awards lineup. Joining Paul Brandt, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Johnny Reid, George Canyon, Deric Ruttan and Dean Brody in performing at the ceremony are will be the following country stars:


Jason Aldean


With over six million fans on Facebook, we don't need to tell you how eminent Jason Aldean is in the country music world. With four albums to date, he's had fifteen top ten singles on the Hot Country Songs chart, with seven of them reaching number one. Aldean will be taking a big ride to Saskatoon for the CCMAs on September 9.



Gord Bamford


Bamford came to Canada as a kid from Australia and has his mother to thank for encouraging his music career. Two years ago, he was named the Male Artist of the Year at the CCMA Awards. Among another string of awards, Bamford's fifth and latest record, Is It Friday Yet? was released in March. Check out his latest single below:



Chad Brownlee


Last year, Brownlee received the 2011 Rising Star Award in Hamilton. With his career on the up and up, Brownlee will perform in front of tens of thousands of fans in Saskatoon's Credit Union Centre. Did you know that Brownlee is no stranger to arenas despite his fledgling career? Brownlee was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks and played minor league hockey before a series of injuries unfortunately ended his career. He's lucky he had this sort of talent to fall back on...



Terri Clark


Last year, Terri Clark was named Female Artist of the Year at the CCMAs. Over her career, she's had multiple number one singles in her native Canada and south of the border in the USA. Her latest album - self released after deciding to leave a major label - received rave reviews. Roots and Wings won the Country Album of the Year at the 2012 Junos. Check out the latest single, Wrecking Ball, below:



High Valley


The guys from High Valley are great friends with Paul Brandt - as he told us when we spoke CCMAs - and will reunite with him at the awards in Saskatoon this year. They toured together earlier this year, and have also toured with the likes of Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Reba McEntire. Nominated for CCMA Awards and Junos aplenty, their most recent record, Love is a Long Road, showcases their talent and creativity. Here's their latest single, Let It Be Me:



The CCMA Awards will be live on CBC Television across the country on September 9 at 8pm

Johnny Reid photo credit: Margaret Malandruccolo

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