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Entries in for Toyota 51st Golden Guitar Awards, and Host revealed for nominees' announcement

13 November 2022

The stage is set for a star-studded 2023 Golden Guitar Awards, with Tamworth Regional Council, with the support of the Country Music Association of Australia Inc (CMAA) announcing a tremendous number of entries for the 51st event.

More than 620 entries have been received for the 2023 Golden Guitar Awards, which comes off the back of a record-breaking year in 2022.
CMAA Chairman, Mr. Dobe Newton said: “Following a history-making 50th Awards in April this year, we are delighted that our music community continues to support the Golden Guitar Awards. For more than five decades these awards have acknowledged the creativity of our writers, performers and producers and the investment of the industry businesses that support them. We celebrate their creativity and career achievements as our industry continues to grow.”

The Toyota 51st Golden Guitar Awards will be held at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC) on Saturday, 21 January, with tickets for the event now on sale.

Toyota Golden Guitar Awards Executive Producer, Mr. Peter Ross, said the 2023 Awards will return to its traditional timeslot of Saturday night, on the final weekend of the Festival.

“It will be very exciting to return to our usual timeslot, following the last two years and so far we’ve had strong ticket sales for the 2023 Awards, with several hundred sold. The 51st event will underpin the Awards iconic 50-year history and celebrate the industries bright and prosperous future. As always, we’re expecting a huge turnout from fans and artists alike.”

And the future of Australian country music is certainly strong with 53 entries from artists vying for the New Talent of the Year award.
Mr. Ross said: “This is a great endorsement of the unique experience the Tamworth Country Music Festival provides for artists by offering them a pathway from busking on the streets to one day winning a Golden Guitar Award.”

Songwriters will also take centre stage in 2023, with 99 entries for Song of the Year and 90 entries for Apple Music Single of the Year.
Tamworth Regional Council, with the support of the CMAA will reveal the nominees for the 2023 Golden Guitar Awards at 8:00am AEDT on Tuesday, 22 November 2022, via live stream on the Toyota Country Music Festival website and Facebook page, which will be hosted by 8 x Golden Guitar, ARIA and AIR Award winning artist Fanny Lumsden.

Mr. Ross said: “While the nominees announcement is usually held as an in-person industry and media event, the decision to go virtual has been made after consulting with the CMAA. The virtual announcement will be an exciting and effective way to celebrate our 2023 nominees and reach a large number of fans, artists and members of the country music community. “

Tamworth Regional Council and the CMAA wish all this year’s entrants the best of luck and look forward to welcoming artists, musicians, songwriters and fans back to the country music capital in 2023, to celebrate excellence in Australian country music.

To purchase tickets and keep up to date on the 2023 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards, visit
The nominees of the 2023 Golden Guitar Awards will also be featured in a special Apple Music playlist, which will be available from 22 November.

Tamworth Regional Council acknowledges the Gamilaroi/Kamilaroi people, who are the Traditional Custodians of this land. We would like to pay respect to Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in and visiting our region.