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The 2016 Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) Golden Guitar Awards Finalists were today announced at a special industry gathering in Sydney.

 

The 75 finalists were selected from over 500 nominations and offer an exciting balance between industry heavy weights and the emergence of newer artists.

 

The 2016 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards sees debut nominations for a number of artists including 2015 Toyota Star Maker Mickey Pye, 2014 X Factor finalists Caitlyn Shadbolt and Brothers3 all vying for QANTASLINK NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR.

 

Nominated for eight Golden Guitars, Lee Kernaghan is no stranger to the awards and leads the finalist's field with his album Spirit of the ANZACs. Lee is nominated for ALBUM OF THE YEAR, MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR, VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR (Spirit of the Anzacs), TOYOTA HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR (Teddy Sheean - Forever Eighteen), VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR (Spirit of the Anzacs), SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Spirit of the Anzacs) and SANITY TOP SELLING AUSTRALIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR.

 

Beccy Cole and Catherine Britt lead the female finalists with six nods a piece and will be up against one another in a number of categories including ALBUM OF THE YEAR, FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR, VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR, and TOYOTA HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR.

 

Nominated for seven Golden Guitars is Troy Cassar-Daley. The Brisbane based artist is one of Australia's most illustrious musicians and will celebrate his 35th year performing in Tamworth in 2016. Troy is nominated for ALBUM OF THE YEAR, MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR, TOYOTA HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR, and APRA AMCOS SONG OF THE YEAR with his album Freedom Ride. His song Two Weeks On, Two Weeks Off is up for VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR and Take a Walk in My Country is finalist in the SINGLE OF THE YEAR and VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR categories.

 

Also receiving seven nominations is Shane Nicholson. The artist's album Hell Breaks Loose is his sixth solo album and is a finalist in the categories ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR, MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR and SANITY TOP SELLING ALBUM OF THE YEAR. His single Secondhand Man is up for APRA AMCOS SONG OF THE YEAR, SINGLE OF THE YEAR and VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR, and Hermannsburg (the eighth song on Hell Breaks Loose) has been nominated for TOYOTA HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR. In addition to Nicholson's seven individual nominations, the multi-talented artist is also the Producer of Beccy Cole's album Sweet Rebecca which has been nominated for ALBUM OF THE YEAR. James Blundell (Come On In), Kevin Bennett and The Flood (Skin), Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes (The Mountain) and Mustered Courage (White Lies & Melodies) join Nicholson in the ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR category, while international superstar Tommy Emmanuel (Blood Brothers), 8 Ball Aitken & Pete Denahy (Broken Hill), Pete Denahy (Cluck Old Hen), Michael Fix (Two Time Shuffle) and Mickey Pye (Unleashed) contend for the INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR.

 

Other hotly contested categories include FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR, APRA AMCOS SONG OF THE YEAR, COUNTRY MUSIC CAPITAL NEWS GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR, BLUEGRASS RECORDING OF THE YEAR and BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres, said the Tamworth Country Music Festival is recognised world-wide, attracts significant visitation to the State and delivers important economic and community benefits.

 

“Congratulations to all of the finalists announced today for the 2016 Golden Guitar Awards, the most prestigious award ceremony for the Australian Country Music Industry.

 

“The NSW Government is proud to support the Tamworth Country Music Festival through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, and we look forward to welcoming the many performers and visitors to Tamworth in January next year for a spectacular event,” Mr Ayres said.

 

Country Music Association of Australia Vice President Roger Corbett said that this has been an incredible year for Australian Country Music.

“Finalists across all categories this year are of the highest calibre. Our Male Artist of the Year category was extremely strong this year, and we had nearly 70 nominations in Qantaslink New Talent of the Year.

 

“We have also seen some of the most gifted ladies of country music contend for Female Artist of the Year, whilst the Bush Ballad Of The Year sees very strong contenders in the award for Australia's unique musical style.” Tony Cramb, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for Toyota Australia, commented: “We're very excited to again be a part of the Golden Guitar Awards, it's such an important part of the country music industry and something we are Toyota are proud to support. The depth and calibre of the nominees, which includes a number of Toyota Star Makers is a great thing and we're already looking forward to the big night.” The Golden Guitar Awards is the pinnacle event of the Toyota Country Music Festival in Tamworth each year and the announcements have set up what will be a captivating evening when the winners are announced on the 23 January.

 

The Toyota Country Music Festival will be held from Friday 15 to Sunday 24 January 2016 with the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards on Saturday 23 January 2016 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre.

 

The Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth is proudly supported by the NSW Government though its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

 

Tickets for the 44th Annual Toyota Golden Guitar Awards are on sale now and information is available from www.tcmf.com.au.

 

Stay tuned for updates on the announcers, musical performances, special guests and the latest Golden Guitar Awards news by checking out the official Toyota Country Music Festival website www.tcmf.com.au.

 

Full list of Toyota Golden Guitar Awards Finalists 

 

 

Album/Track Title              

Artist                    

Producer/Songwriter/Collaborator

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

     

Boneshaker

Catherine Britt

Producer: Ryan Hadlock

 

Freedom Ride

Troy Cassar-Daley

Producer: Troy Cassar-Daley

 

Spirit Of The Anzacs

Lee Kernaghan

Producer: Garth Porter

 

Sweet Rebecca

Beccy Cole

Producer: Shane Nicholson

 

The Famine and The Feast

O'Shea

Producer: Jay O'Shea, Mark O'Shea, Ilya Toshinsky, Mark Moffatt

 

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

     

Come On In

James Blundell

Producer: Nick Howard, Theo Posthumus & Karen Waters

 

Hell Breaks Loose

Shane Nicholson

Producer: Matt Fell

 

Skin

Kevin Bennett and The Flood

Producer: Glen Hannah

 

The Mountain

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes

Producer: Lachlan Bryan, Mat Duniam, Shaun Ryan, Damian Cafarella

 

White Lies & Melodies

Mustered Courage

Producer: Forrester Savell

 

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

     

Cowboys & Sunsets

Roo Arcus

   

Freedom Ride

Troy Cassar-Daley

   
Hell Breaks Loose Shane Nicholson    
Spirit Of The Anzacs Lee Kernaghan    
Wired Travis Collins    
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR      
Boneshaker Catherine Britt    
Heartbeat Jasmine Rae    
Other Side Of Town Ashleigh Dallas    
Silver Lining Tori Darke    
Sweet Rebecca Beccy Cole    
COUNTRY MUSIC CAPITAL NEWS GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR      
Hearts On Fire Jetty Road    
Skin Kevin Bennett and The Flood    
The Famine and The Feast O'Shea    
The Second Album Adam Eckersley Band    
White Lies & Melodies Mustered Courage    
VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR      
Catch You Luke O'Shea Performers: Luke O'Shea & Amber Lawrence  
Precious Times Beccy Cole Performers: Beccy Cole, Sara Storer, Gina Jeffreys  
Spirit Of The Anzacs Lee Kernaghan & Special Guests Performers: Lee Kernaghan & Special Guests (Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Jon Stevens,
Amy & George Sheppard, Shannon Noll, Megan Washington)
 
Two Weeks On, Two Weeks Off Troy Cassar-Daley Performers: Troy Cassar-Daley & Jimmy Barnes  
You And Me Against The World Catherine Britt Performers: Catherine Britt & Steve Earle  
BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR      
Bundarra Dust Norma O'Hara Murphy Songwriters: Norma O'Hara Murphy  
Just Drift Back In Time Tom Maxwell Songwriter: Ray Rose  
Lorraine Dean Perrett Songwriter: Ian Quinn  
One Last Muster Allan Caswell Songwriters: Allan Caswell & Manfred Vijars  
Territory Man Graham Rodger Songwriters: Graham Rodger & Merv Maltman  
TOYOTA HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR      
Broken Soldiers Beccy Cole Songwriter: Beccy Cole  
Freedom Ride Troy Cassar-Daley Songwriter: Troy Cassar-Daley  
Hermannsburg Shane Nicholson Songwriter: Shane Nicholson  
Teddy Sheean - Forever Eighteen Lee Kernaghan Songwriters: Garth Porter, Colin Buchanan, Lee Kernaghan  
Turn My Hand To Roo Arcus Songwriters: Roo Arcus & Allan Caswell  
INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR      
Blood Brothers Tommy Emmanuel    
Broken Hill 8 Ball Aitken & Pete Denahy    
Cluck Old Hen Pete Denahy    
Two Time Shuffle Michael Fix    
Unleashed Mickey Pye    
BLUEGRASS RECORDING OF THE YEAR      
Bumcrack Beccy Cole    
Can't Hide From The Moonshine Mustered Courage    
Lonesome and Blue Runaway Dixie    
Rabbit in a Log The Hillbilly Goats    
Singin' Shoes Pete Denahy    
QANTASLINK NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR      
Broken Record Christie Lamb    
Brothers Never Part Brothers3    
She's Getting Stronger Seleen McAlister    
Shoot Out The Lights Caitlyn Shadbolt    
When She's Drinkin' Mickey Pye    
APRA AMCOS SONG OF THE YEAR      
Boneshaker Catherine Britt Songwriters: Catherine Britt, Tony Buchen  
Freedom Ride Troy Cassar-Daley (feat. Paul Kelly) Songwriter: Troy Cassar-Daley  
Joshua Aleyce Simmonds Songwriter: Aleyce Simmonds  
Secondhand Man Shane Nicholson Songwriters: Shane Nicholson  
Spirit Of The Anzacs Lee Kernaghan & Special Guests Songwriters: Garth Porter, Colin Buchanan, Lee Kernaghan  
VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR      
Boneshaker Catherine Britt Director: Lisa Camillo  
Parade O'Shea Director: Mark O'Shea  
Secondhand Man Shane Nicholson Director: Josh Favaloro  
Spirit Of The Anzacs Lee Kernaghan & Special Guests Director: Duncan Toombs  
Take A Walk In My Country Troy Cassar-Daley Director: Duncan Toombs  
SINGLE OF THE YEAR      
Boneshaker Catherine Britt    
Heartbeat Jasmine Rae    
Secondhand Man Shane Nicholson    
Spirit Of The Anzacs Lee Kernaghan    
Take A Walk In My Country Troy Cassar-Daley    
SANITY TOP SELLING AUSTRALIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR      
Hell Breaks Loose Shane Nicholson Producer: Matt Fell  
Spirit Of The Anzacs Lee Kernaghan & Special Guests Producer: Garth Porter  
Sweet Rebecca Beccy Cole Producer: Shane Nicholson  
The Famine and The Feast O'Shea Producer: Jay O'Shea, Mark O'Shea, Ilya Toshinsky, Mark Moffatt  
Wired Travis Collins Producer: Travis Collins