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Congratulations to Ward Thomas!
Country duo Ward Thomas have become the first British Country act to top the UK album chart.
Cartwheels, their second album entered the chart at number one improving on their debut which peaked at 41. The duo comprises twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas who grew up on a farm in Hampshire. Inspired by the Dixie Chicks they started writing in their teens and got a break when their singing teacher sent a demo tape to friends in Nashville.
Their self-titled debut went on to win album of the year at the 2014 British Country Music Awards.
Cartwheels was recorded in Nashville with Bobby Blazier and Chris Rodriguez who have worked with Wynonna Judd and Shania Twain respectively.
‘This is crazy!’ said the girls on learning they had reached number one. ‘We were just hoping for Top 40 and then here we are now. We literally don't know how to find the words’.
The duo's success follows that of The Shires, who became the first British Country act to breach the Top 10 last year.
The duo Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes who are The Shires also have a new album, My Universe, which is due for release next month and has been reviewed in the October issue of the magazine.
The rise of Country music has long struggled to find a foothold in the UK, with even established acts like Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers battling to match their US success. But the situation has changed in recent years, thanks in part to the support of BBC Radio 2 and the annual Country 2 Country festival which regularly brings some of the genre's biggest stars to the UK.
According to British Phonographic Industry (BPI) figures, Country music now represents 2.3% of the total UK album market, its highest level in nine years.
The 50th Annual CMA Awards
Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the 2016 CMA Awards Airs Live From the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday 2nd November on the ABC Television Network. Eric Church, Maren Morris, and Chris Stapleton top the list of final nominees for The 50th Annual CMA Awards with five nominations each. This year’s finalists represent the depth and range of Country Music over the past five decades from soulful traditionalists to contemporary groundbreakers.
Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban have received four nominations and Tim McGraw received three nominations for trophies that will be handed out on Country Music’s Biggest Night™.
The 50th Annual CMA Awards will be hosted once again by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
For the first time on ABC’s Good Morning America the announcement of the final nominees in six of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live from the historic stage of the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, which was home to the annual CMA Awards broadcast from 1974 to 2004. The announcement was made by Dierks Bentley, Cam and Keith Urban. Following Good Morning America the six remaining categories were announced by the nominated trio of artists on GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo! as well as the Good Morning America facebook page through Facebook Live, making the announcements a complete ABC takeover for the second year.
The complete list of nominees are:-
Entertainer Of The Year
Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban
Single Of The Year
Die A Happy Man - Thomas Rhett, Humble And Kind - Tim McGraw, My Church - Maren Morris, Nobody To Blame - Chris Stapleton, Record Year - Eric Church
Album Of TheYear
Black - Dierks Bentley, Hero - Maren Morris, Mr. Misunderstood - Eric Church, Ripcord - Keith Urban, Storyteller - Carrie Underwood
Song Of The Year
Burning House - Camaron, Die A Happy Man - Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett and Joe Spargur , Humble And Kind - Lori McKenna , My Church - Busbee and Maren Morris, Record Year - Eric Church and Jeff Hyde
Female Vocalist Of The Year
Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood
Male Vocalist Of The Year
Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban
Vocal Group Of The Year
Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band
Vocal Duo Of The Year
Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Joey + Rory, Maddie & Tae
Musical Event Of The Year
Different For Girls - Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
Home Alone Tonight - Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild
The Fighter - Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood
Think Of You - Chris Young (duet with Cassadee Pope)
You Are My Sunshine - Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton
Musician Of The Year
Jerry Douglas, Paul Franklin, Dann Huff, Brent Mason, Derek Wells
Music Video Of The Year
Burning House - Cam, Fire Away - Chris Stapleton, Humble And Kind - Tim McGraw, Record Year - Eric Church, Somewhere On A Beach - Dierks Bentley
New Artist Of The Year
Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Cole Swindell
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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