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The 9th BCMAwards show has been rebranded and is now known as the Ascot Lawyers British Country Music Awards. The nominees for awards have just been announced and winners will be presented with a trophy at the Awards Show on Sunday October 25th 2015.
Headlining the show, all the way from Nashville, is Branch & Dean who will be performing along with Raintown, Honey Ryder, Richard Palmer, Luke & Mel, Laura Oakes, Beau Fuller and more.
The 2015 inductees (or their representatives) will be presented with a certificate and invited to become members of the British Country Music Hall of Fame at the Awards Show. They are Lloyd Coles (dj and radio presenter from Wales); Jackie Storrar (tv and radio presenter from Scotland); Stu Page (Country artist from England).
The nominees are:
Jim Worton; Donna Wylde; Darren Busby; Chris Mezza; Bob Keeley.
Glenn Rogers; Paul Bailey; Alan Gregory; Natalie Thurlow; Richard Palmer.
Act of the Year:
Henry Smith Band; The Thrillbillies; Gary Perkins & The Breeze; John Permenter Band; Texas Tornados.
Festival of the Year:
Kelso Festival; Rock Ridge Festival; Northern Nashville Festival; Quickdraw Festival; Broken Spoke Festival.
General Country Awards
Entertainer of the Year:
The Shires; Ward Thomas; Nathan Carter; Raymond Froggatt; Raintown.
Group of the Year:
Dexeter; Raintown; Honey Ryder; Henry Smith Band; Gary Quinn Band.
Male Vocalist of the Year:
Richard Palmer; Gary Perkins; Ben Earle (The Shires); Nathan Carter; Alan West.
Female Vocalist of the Year:
Laura Oakes; Claire McArthur-Bain (Raintown); Sasha McVeigh; Crissy Gudgin (The Shires); Carolynne Poole.
Duo of the Year:
Ward Thomas; The Shires; Luke & Mel; West & Black; Raintown.
Musician of the Year:
Lee Guyler; Justin Johnson; John Permenter; Iain Bradshaw; Andy Kingston.
Horizon Act of the Year:
Katy Hurt; Toria Lynn; Emma Swindells; The Rising; Outlander.
UK Song of the Year:
Luke & Mel (Something About A Woman);
The Shires (Made In England);
Honey Ryder (Born In A Bottle);
Laura Oakes (Snakes And Ladders);
Carolynne Poole (I Love You But Shut Up).
International Song of the Year:
Toby Keith (35 Mph);
Brandy Clark (Stripes);
Little Big Town (Girl Crush);
Miranda Lambert (Little Red Wagon).
Darius Rucker (Homegrown Honey).
International Album of the Year:
Striking Matches (Nothing But The Silence);
Lee Ann Womack (The Way I'm Livin');
Reba McEntire (Love Someone);
Brandy Clark (12 Stories);
Darius Rucker (Southern Style).
UK Album of the Year:
The Shires (Brave);
Chris Raddings (Coming Out Of The Shadows);
Honey Ryder (Born In A Bottle);
Sasha McVeigh (I Stand Alone);
Alan West (All Things For A Reason).
International Act of the Year:
Luke Bryan; Striking Matches; Brandy Clark; Lee Ann Womack; Darius Rucker.
The general concensus amongst the committee was that the award categories should be shared between the club acts and the aspiring young hopefuls who ply their trade in theatres and honky tonk style venues around the UK as well as on the international stage.
The 2015 nominees were chosen by popular votes via the British Country Music Awards website and via the Country music press. The deadline for voting was July 31st.
The final voting to decide the winners in each category will be by industry professionals.
The show, to be held at the Concorde Suite, Crane Lodge Road, Heathrow, London, is to be held at the earlier date of Sunday October 25th, 2015.
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