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Vancouver singer tops list for Canadian country music awards

Vancouver singer Aaron Pritchett has earned six nominations including best male artist and best album for the 2006 Canadian country music awards to be given out Sept. 11

Singer Aaron Pritchett of British Columbia has earned six nominations for the Canadian Country Music Association awards, including top male artist and album.

The CCMA unveiled its nomination list Wednesday for the 2006 awards to be handed out Sept. 11 at a show in Saint John.

Pritchett, 35,has been nominated for male artist of the year and independent male artist, single of the year and best independent single, album and songwriter of the year.

"This is really shocking," the singer said. "I just expected to come up here and maybe get nominated for one or maybe two, or none … I'm almost speechless and that's pretty rare."

The Vancouver singer's Big Wheel album is his third.Pritchett captured the CCMA's best independent male artist award in 2005.

Pritchett, who distributes his albums through his own OPM Records, says he hopes his nominations will inspire other singers to do the same.

"I hope we start a fever," Pritchett said. "We produce the album, generate the album and make copies and give it to some of our friends to give to stores. It all works out very, very well."

Other artists with four nominations each include George Canyon, Terri Clark, Corb Lund and Amanda Wilkinson. Canyon and Clark garnered last year's top male and female awards respectively, while Wilkinson was honoured as best newcomer.

Theother nominations and categories are:

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

  • Big Wheel, Aaron Pritchett
  • East Bound And Down, The Road Hammers
  • It's Okay To Cry, Amanda Wilkinson
  • Missing An Angel, Johnny Reid
  • Somebody Wrote Love,George Canyon

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Amanda Wilkinson, Amanda Wilkinson
  • Big Wheel, Aaron Pritchett
  • Hair In My Eyes Like A Highland Steer, Corb Lund
  • Life Goes On, Terri Clark
  • Summertown Road, Brad Johner
  • The $#!t Hits The Fans, Wendell Ferguson


FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Lisa Brokop
  • Terri Clark
  • Patricia Conroy
  • Carolyn Dawn Johnson
  • Amanda Wilkinson

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • George Canyon
  • Brad Johner
  • Corb Lund
  • Jason McCoy
  • Aaron Pritchett

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

  • The Cruzeros
  • Doc Walker
  • Emerson Drive
  • The Poverty Plainsmen
  • The Road Hammers

INDEPENDENT MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Gord Bamford
  • Brad Johner
  • Corb Lund
  • Aaron Pritchett
  • Johnny Reid

INDEPENDENT FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Diane Chase
  • Patricia Conroy
  • Lisa Hewitt
  • Samantha King
  • Beverley Mahood

For a complete list of nominees and categories, check out the CCMA website. The awards show will air on CBC Television Sept. 11, airing at 8 p.m. in most time zones (8:30 p.m. NT).