Country music takes centre stage
Who was in the spotlight at the 2018 CCMAs?
Forget the cowboy hats, guitar solos and passionate speeches.
Mason Ramsey — the 11-year-old American viral video sensation — stole the show at the 2018 Canadian Country Music Awards in Hamilton on Sunday.
Ramsey was discovered when somebody filmed him singing a classic country song in the aisles at Walmart.
Since then, he’s been signed to a major record label and performed a bunch of big gigs.
Canadian country superstar Shania Twain gave him a glowing introduction:
Twain, who hosted the show, was also the biggest winner of the night, taking home four awards.
Originally from Timmins, Ont., she is the best-selling female artist in the history of country music, according to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
Twain made her big entrance to the stage in a sparkly purple dress following a performance of some of her biggest hits by Jess Moskaluke, Kira Isabella and Madeline Merlo.
Twain accepted the CCMA Generation Award, marking her career on the international stage, from pop singer Alessia Cara.
She took a moment to give Cara — who won the Grammy for best new artist in 2018 — a shout-out.
Saskatchewan’s Moskaluke took home the award for album of the year.
In her speech, she called her album Past the Past a “piece of my soul.”
People in the crowd stood up when the James Barker Band took to the stage to perform Good Together.
Singer Connor Stephen said they were surprised to win single of the year for Chills.
Full list of winners:
Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award - Shania Twain
Ford album of the year - Past the Past, Jess Moskaluke
Female artist of the year - Meghan Patrick
Male artist of the year - Dallas Smith
Group or duo of the year - The Washboard Union
Roots artist or group of the year - The Washboard Union
SiriusXM Rising Star - The Reklaws
Single of the year - Chills, James Barker Band
Video of the year - Sky Stays This Blue, Dallas Smith
Songwriter(s) of the year - Alexander Black, Aaron Goodvin, Cathy Gravitt: Lonely Drum (performed by Aaron Goodvin)
Interactive artist or group of the year - Brett Kissel
Bass player of the year - Travis Switzer
Drummer of the year - Ben Bradley
Fiddle player of the year - Tyler Vollrath
Guitar player of the year - Matt McKay
Keyboard player of the year - Bart McKay
Specialty instrument player of the year - Shane Guse (mandolin)
Steel guitar player of the year - Mitch Jay
Music director of the year (large market) - Amanda Kingsland, CKBY-FM, Ottawa, Ont.
Music director of the year (medium/small market) - Paul Ferguson, CHCQ-FM, Belleville, Ont.
Booking agency of the year - The Feldman Agency
Country club of the year - Ranchman's Cookhouse and Dancehall, Calgary
Country festival, fair or exhibition of the year - Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Cavendish, P.E.I.
Country music program or special of the year - Jess Moskaluke: Home Movie (Corus Entertainment)
Management company of the year - Invictus Entertainment Group
Music publishing company of the year - ole
Record company of the year - Warner Music Canada
Industry person of the year - Steve Coady, vice-president, radio promotions, Warner Music Canada
Creative director(s) of the year - Design team: Antoine Moonen (Mediavandals), Photography: Delaney Royer (Past the Past, Jess Moskaluke)
Recording studio of the year - Bart McKay Productions, Saskatoon.
Record producer(s) of the year - Jeff Dalziel (What We’re Made Of, The Washboard Union)
Retailer of the year - Spotify Canada Inc.
Ron Sakamoto talent buyer or promoter of the year - Jim Cressman, Invictus Entertainment Group
Video director of the year - Stephano Barberis (videos: The Bad Guy, Meghan Patrick; Coming Clean, Shirley Gnome; Dirt Covered Rhinestone, Jade Mya; Heart Of A Woman, Johnny Reid; Hold The Line, Jesse Mast; Might As Well Be Me, Chad Brownlee; Neon Smoke, Gord Bamford; Out Of The Blue, Chad Brownlee; Sky Stays This Blue, Dallas Smith; Something To Wrap My Heart Around, JoJo Mason; What We’re Made Of, The Washboard Union)