Gord Bamford, Dean Brody Top Contenders at 2013 CCMAs
July 17, 2013By Leah Collins
Gord Bamford performs at the 2012 Canadian Country Music Awards. The singer-songwriter is the top contender going into the 2013 CCMAs. --Canadian Press
Thank God it's...Wednesday?
The 2013 Canadian Country Music Association Awards return to CBC Sept. 8, and Gord Bamford leads this year's nominations with seven nods including fans' choice, male artist of the year and best album. (The artist's fifth studio record, Is It Friday Yet? is the disc being honoured -- in case you were wondering about that "TGIW" joke.)
The full slate of nominees was announced in Toronto Wednesday morning, and following Bamford in overall nods is B.C.'s Dean Brody with six nominations in five categories (he's up against himself for songwriter of the year).
Further multiple honourees involve fan-favourite usual suspects such as last year's big winner Johnny Reid (two nods), Terri Clark (four nods), Dallas Smith (three nods) and Emerson Drive (two nods). The last two artists will also perform at the September 8 show in Edmonton, along with American guests The Band Perry. The full show will be broadcast live from the city's Rexall Centre on CBC-TV.
As an unplugged preview of the spectacle to come, Emerson Drive stomped through single "She's My Kind of Crazy" during Wednesday's press conference, and Toronto/Calgary duo Autumn Hill also ran through a tune to prove their mettle as Rising Star nominees.
Bamford almost missed seeing the show -- and the news of his seven nominations altogether.
The Lacombe, Alberta singer-songwriter was only in Toronto by chance, and the winner of 2012's Songwriter of the Year trophy turned up at the press conference dressed for the driving range.
"I didn't even know this was happening," Bamford told CBC Live. "This is why I'm wearing flip flops and a ball cap.
"I'm really shocked to be honest with you, with the nominations. It's a great feeling," Bamford said.
Other nominees, like Autumn Hill, were thrilled Bamford made it -- so they could finally meet the CCMAs veteran in person. Granted, they more excited to score a Rising Star nomination.
"It feels incredible to know that a piece of art that we've made has been accepted, or listened to at all, is just -- we're over the moon right now," the band's Mike Robins told CBC Live. Added his bandmate Tareya Green, "Seeing our face on the screen with Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Terri Clark" -- both stars are up for female artist of the year -- "those are people I grew up listening to." She continued: "We're totally overwhelmed right now."
We'll be sharing more video reactions from this year's nominees, including Lindi Ortega and Emerson Drive on CBC Live. Check back to the site later on.(Update: Watch the video below.)
The awards show returns to CBC September 8, with a live broadcast from Edmonton.
The 2013 CCMA Award nominees are:
FANS' CHOICE AWARD
Gord Bamford Dean Brody George Canyon Terri Clark Johnny Reid (Voting is now open to the public at CCMA.org.)
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
"It's Friday" -- Dean Brody feat. Great Big Sea "Jumped Right In" - Dallas Smith "Leaning On A Lonesome Song" -- Gord Bamford "Main Street, 1979" - Deric Ruttan "Show Some Respect" - Bobby Wills
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Classics II - George Canyon Is It Friday Yet? - Gord Bamford Jumped Right In - Dallas Smith Roll - Emerson Drive Small Town Pistols - Small Town Pistols SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR
"Baby I Know It" (written by Caeland Garner/Johnny Reid; performed by Johnny Reid feat. Carolyn Dawn Johnson) "Bob Marley" (written by Dean Brody; performed by Dean Brody) "Cool" (written by Jason Blaine/Deric Ruttan; performed by Jason Blaine) "It's Friday" (written by Dean Brody; performed by Dean Brody feat. Great Big Sea) "Leaning On A Lonesome Song" (written by Gord Bamford/Buddy Owens/Ray Stephenson; performed by Gord Bamford) CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
"A Little More Work" - Kira Isabella "Hope & Gasoline" - Beverley Mahood "I'm Movin' On" - Terri Clark feat. Dean Brody "Leaning On A Lonesome Song" - Gord Bamford "Maybe You Remember Me Now" - Hey Romeo FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Terri Clark Jaida Dreyer Kira Isabella Carolyn Dawn Johnson Michelle Wright MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gord Bamford Dean Brody Chad Brownlee Dallas Smith Bobby Wills
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Emerson Drive Hey Romeo High Valley Small Town Pistols The Stellas ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Clayton Bellamy Shane Chisholm The Heartbroken Corb Lund Lindi Ortega
Autumn Hill Tim Hicks MacKenzie Porter Tebey Bobby Wills INTERACTIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Terri Clark Leah Daniels High Valley Codie Prevost Tenille For CCMA Industry Award nominees and honourees in the All-Star Band Award categories, visit ccma.org.