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The nominees for the prestigious British Country Music Awards have been announced. The show is to be held again in London on October 30th 2016.
This event has attracted and become the benchmark for many artists who were previously unknown to the Country music fans who just attend the many events around the club scene and as Country music in the UK grows more and more young acts have been enticed to the genre and so these awards recognise those up and coming artists both here and abroad as well as the more celebrated performers. They are open to all.
Members of the British Country Music Association will have the final say on the winners when voting takes place this month.
Of the nominees Ben Earle gets three nominations including two with Crissie Rhodes as part of The Shires. Nathan Carter gets another nod for Entertainer of the Year, he was nominated too in 2014 and 2015 as was Raintown who must be doing something right, they have four nominations this year, one for Entertainer and the other three in Video, Album and Group categories. Gary Perkins, who recently won CCN Band of the Year also gets a nomination in the Entertainer category.
Newcomers to the awards nominations are The Southern Companion, Ashton Lane, Thorne Hill and Red Sky July. A spokesman said: ‘The quality of the British acts who have come to the fore since British Country music has stepped up to the mark means we shall be soon listening to more of our own acts rather than importing them from across the world. We can match the US with quality, we just need to get them publicised more. The likes of The Southern Companion, Holloway Road, The Shires and Ward Thomas are creating waves and it is no wonder the large recording companies have opened offices in London.’
The nominees are:
Entertainer of the Year
The Shires, Nathan Carter, Jess & The Bandits, Raintown, Gary Perkins
Group of the Year
Dexeter , Raintown, Jess & The Bandits, Gary Quinn Band, Red Sky July
Female Vocalist of the Year
Laura Oakes, Claire McArthur-Bain (Raintown), Katy Hurt, Jessica Clemmons (Jess & The Bandits), Crissie Rhodes (The Shires)
Musician of the Year
Lee Guyler, Justin Johnson, Scott Poley, Sarah Jory, John Pettifer
Duo of the Year
Ward Thomas, The Shires , Luke & Mel, Holloway Road, Ashton Lane
UK Album of the Year
Belle Cannon - Evolution, The Southern Companion - 1000 Days Of Rain, Raintown - Writing On The Wall, Thorne Hill - No More Holding Back, Red Sky July - The Truth And The Lie
Male Vocalist of the Year
Thorne Hill, Ben Earle (The Shires), Nathan Carter, Pete Kennedy, Gary Quinn
Horizon Act of the Year
The Southern Companion, Narn, Acoustic Journey, Samantha Lloyd, Fitzwallace
UK Song of the Year
The Southern Companion - Crash, Katy Hurt - Love You More, Luke & Mel - Bad Habit, Ashton Lane - Seventeen, Raintown - Nineteen Again
International Song of the Year
Chris Stapleton - Tennessee Whiskey , Thomas Rhett - Die A Happy Man , Tim McGraw - Humble And Kind, Maren Morris - My Church, Carrie Underwood - Smoke Break
International Album of the Year
Chris Stapleton - Traveller , Thomas Rhett - Tangled Up, Carrie Underwood - Storyteller, Eric Church - Mr Misunderstood, Chris Young - I’m Coming Over
International Act of the Year
Little Big Town, Dixie Chicks, Phil Vassar, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore
Video of the Year
Thorne Hill - Open Road, Raintown - Writing On The Wall, Luke & Mel - Bad Habit, Gary Quinn - Dodge Your Bullet, The Southern Companion - Drive
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