Johnny Reid Leads 2011 Canadian Country Music Award Nominations
Johnny Reid Leads 2011 Canadian Country Music Award Nominations

Johnny Reid, who last year sold more albums in Canada than Michael Buble, leads all 2011 Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) nominees with a six nods, it was announced today, July 27.

The awards show, celebrating the best in Canadian country music, will take place on Sept. 12 at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, and will be broadcast live on CBC Television with repeat broadcasts on Country Music Television (CMT).

Country Music Week with live club shows, songwriters' cafes, fanfest and gala dinner -will lead up to the awards, starting on the Sept. 9.

"Each of today's nominees has contributed greatly to the success of the Canadian recording industry and helped to raise the profile of Canadian music to even greater heights, "said CCMA executive director Don Green in a press statement. "The incredible talent of these artists, emerging to established, make them a force to be reckoned with on the world stage. This year's nominees truly demonstrate the influence and creativity of Canadian country music."

Reid's six nominations are Fans' Choice, Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and CMT Video of the Year for "Today I'm Gonna Try And Change The World," Album of the Year and Male Artist of the Year. His album, "A Place Called Love," also received nominations for Album Design of the Year, Website of the Year and Video Director of the Year.

Dean Brody follows behind with five nominations: Fans' Choice Award, Single of the Year for "Trail In Life," Album of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Male Artist of the Year. His team were also acknowledges for Album Design of the Year and Website of the Year.

Brody will also perform on the broadcast, in addition to Paul Brandt and an earlier announced line-up of George Canyon, Terri Clark, Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Johnny Reid and American artist Ronnie Dunn.

Three artists each garnered four nominations a piece, Canyon for Fans' Choice Award, Album of the Year and CMT Video of the Year for Better Be Home Soon, and Male Artist of the Year; Gord Bamford winner of the three 2010 Canadian Country Music Awards and Deric Ruttan go head-to-head in the categories of Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, CMT Video of the Year and Male Artist of the Year.

Fans' Choice Award nominee Doc Walker is also nominated for CMT Video of the Year, and Group or Duo of the Year) and recognized in the Rising Star category are Jaydee Bixby, Chad Brownlee, High Valley, Ladies of the Canyon and Codie Prevost.

The complete list of 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards nominees:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
A Place Called Love - Johnny Reid
Better Be Home Soon - George Canyon
Love Rules - Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Sunday Afternoon - Aaron Lines
Trail In Life - Dean Brody

FANS' CHOICE AWARD
Dean Brody George Canyon Terri Clark Doc Walker Johnny Reid

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
My Daughter's Father - Gord Bamford
That's How I Wanna Go Out - Deric Ruttan
Today I'm Gonna Try And Change The World - Johnny Reid
Trail In Life - Dean Brody
Watching You Walk Away - Shane Yellowbird

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR
Put Some Alcohol On It (written by Gord Bamford/Roger Brown/Byron Hill; recorded by Gord Bamford)
That's How I Wanna Go Out (written by Lee Thomas Miller/Deric Ruttan; recorded by Deric Ruttan)
Today I'm Gonna Try And Change The World (written by Brent Maher/Johnny Reid; recorded by Johnny Reid)
Trail In Life (written by Dean Brody; recorded by Dean Brody)
Watching You Walk Away (written by Troy Kokol/Willie Mack/Kenny Sitter; recorded by Shane Yellowbird)

CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Better Be Home Soon - George Canyon
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Doc Walker
My Daughter's Father - Gord Bamford
That's How I Wanna Go Out - Deric Ruttan
Today I'm Gonna Try And Change The World - Johnny Reid

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Victoria Banks Terri Clark Carolyn Dawn Johnson Tara Oram Tenille

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gord Bamford Dean Brody George Canyon Johnny Reid Deric Ruttan

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Doc Walker Emerson Drive The Heartbroken Hey Romeo High Valley

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Ridley Bent Shane Chisholm Kirsten Jones Corb Lund Jimmy Rankin

RISING STAR
Jaydee Bixby Chad Brownlee High Valley Ladies Of The Canyon Codie Prevost

2011 CCMA All-Star Band Award Nominees

DRUMS
Matthew Atkins (Jason Blaine/Deric Ruttan)
Mark Branconnier (Gord Bamford)
Steve Broadhurst (Doc Walker)
Chad Melchert (Adam Gregory)
Kenny Post (Victoria Banks/Aaron Lines/Session)

BASS
Chris Byrne (George Canyon)
Shane Chisholm (Shane Chisholm)
Steve Farrell (Gord Bamford)
Dennis Marcenko (The Higgins/One More Girl/Various)
Travis Switzer (Jason Blaine)

GUITAR
Jason Barry (Victoria Banks/Dean Brody/Aaron Lines)
Jay Buettner (George Canyon/One More Girl)
Darren Gusnowsky (Hey Romeo)
Matt McKay (Gord Bamford)
Murray Pulver (Doc Walker)

KEYBOARDS
Don Jorgensen (Six West/Jo Hikk)
Mike Little (George Canyon)
Bart McKay (Brad Johner/Aaron Lines)
Steve O'Connor (Jim Cuddy/One More Girl/Session)
Rob Shapiro (Hey Romeo)

FIDDLE
Denis Dufresne (Deric Ruttan)
Shane Guse (Jason Blaine/George Canyon/The Western Swing Authority)
David Pichette (Emerson Drive)
Ali Raney (Jason Blaine/Tara Oram)
Ben Rutz (Johnny Reid)

STEEL GUITAR
Jeff Bradshaw (Gord Bamford)
Evan Ehgoetz (Shane Yellowbird)
John Ellis (Ridley Bent/One More Girl)
Doug Johnson (Tonya Kennedy/Session/Terry Sumsion)
Ed Ringwald (George Canyon)

SPECIAL INSTRUMENT
Shane Chisholm - Gastank Bass (Shane Chisholm)
Denis Dufresne - Mandolin (Pear/Deric Ruttan)
Shane Guse - Mandolin (Jason Blaine/George Canyon/The Western Swing Authority)
Mike Little - Accordion (George Canyon)
Curtis Rempel - Mandolin (High Valley)

2011 CCMA Industry Award Nominees

MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Cressman Sakamoto Agency O'Reilly International Entertainment Management
RGK Entertainment Group Inc. Stark Ravings Victoria Banks Entertainment

BOOKING AGENCY OF THE YEAR
The Agency Group Big Air Entertainment Cressman Sakamoto Agency
Mitchell Entertainment Paquin Entertainment

RON SAKAMOTO TALENT BUYER OR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Kelly Berehulka (Casinos of Winnipeg) Jim Cressman (Cressman Sakamoto Agency)
Lindsay Ell/Rod Tate (Calgary Stampede) Karen Mondor (Casino Regina)
Larry Werner (Big Valley Jamboree)

COUNTRY CLUB OF THE YEAR
Cook County Saloon - Edmonton, AB The Corral - Oshawa, ON
Cowboys - Calgary, AB Cowboys - Winnipeg, MB
Ranchman's Cookhouse & Dancehall - Calgary, AB

ALBUM DESIGN OF THE YEAR
Margaret Malandruccolo/Antoine Moonen - A Place Called Love (Johnny Reid)
Hal Schrenk/Mario Varia/Macarena Yanez - Get Loud (Codie Prevost)
Erick Anderson - Sweet Sundown (Jason Blaine)
Ashley Champagne/Guppy Graphic Design/Kinetic Studios/Mark Labrie - That's What I Am (Hey Romeo)
Kristin Barlowe/Cut+Paste Design/Jill Snell/Jeff Sylvester - Trail In Life (Dean Brody)

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
deanbrody.com (Dean Brody) - Mike Kent/Mitch Nevins, Webmasters
docwalker.ca (Doc Walker) - Ashley Harms/Mitch Nevins, Webmasters
gordbamford.com (Gord Bamford) - Bella Spur Innovative Media Inc., Webmaster
heyromeo.com (Hey Romeo) - Ashley Harms/Kathryn Hummel, Webmasters
johnnyreid.com (Johnny Reid) - New Medio/Tracey Wilder, Webmasters

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Stephano Barberis (Here To Heaven - Marlee Scott; Passenger Window - Melissa Rae Barrie;
Put Some Alcohol On It - Gord Bamford)
Antonio Hrynchuk (Day After You - Chad Brownlee; Standing Strong & True (For Tomorrow) -
Various Artists; Watching You Walk Away - Shane Yellowbird)
Margaret Malandruccolo (1929 - Tara Oram; I'm Your Man - Ryan Laird; The Day I Fall - One More Girl; Today I'm Gonna Try And Change The World - Johnny Reid)
Warren P. Sonoda (Hillbilly Girl - Jason Blaine; Pictures On A Crooked Wall - Tenille;
That's How I Wanna Go Out - Deric Ruttan; The Big Spoon - Jo Hikk)
Joel Stewart (Hands Of A Working Man - Johnny Reid)

MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Grand & Gee Music Group ole Quinnford Music Publishing
Royalty Music Publishing Inc. Universal Music Publishing Group

RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR
Jason Blaine (Sweet Sundown - Jason Blaine)
George Canyon/Richard Marx (Better Be Home Soon - George Canyon)
Hey Romeo/Byron Hill (That's What I Am - Hey Romeo)
Carolyn Dawn Johnson/Frank Rogers (Love Rules - Carolyn Dawn Johnson)
Bart McKay (The Man I Am Inside - Chad Klinger)

RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR
Armoury Studios - Vancouver, BC Barrytone Studios - St. Clements , ON
Bart McKay Productions - Saskatoon, SK MCC Recording Studio - Calgary, AB
Mushroom - Vancouver, BC

RECORD COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Black T Records E1 Music Canada On Ramp Records Inc. Open Road Recordings
Royalty Records Inc.

RECORD COMPANY PERSON OF THE YEAR
Warren Copnick (Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.) Ed Harris (Royalty Records Inc.)
Ron Harwood (EMI Music Canada) Ron Kitchener (Open Road Recordings)
Louis O'Reilly (306 Records/On Ramp Records) Rob Smith (Royalty Records Inc.)

RETAILER OF THE YEAR
Costco HMV Canada Inc. iTunes Canada Lammle's Western Wear & Tack Walmart Canada Corp.

2011 CCMA Broadcast Award Nominees

COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAM OR SPECIAL OF THE YEAR
Canadian Coast To Coast (CJVR - FM) Chevrolet Cross Canada Countdown (CMT)
Doc Walker's Dock Party (CMT) Shane Yellowbird: Music City USA (CMT)
The Dakota Sessions (CMT)

COUNTRY FESTIVAL, FAIR, OR EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR
Big Valley Jamboree - Camrose, AB Calgary Stampede - Calgary, AB
Craven Country Jamboree - Craven, SK Dauphin's Countryfest - Dauphin, MB
Manitoulin Country Fest - Little Current, ON

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Major Market
Larry Donohue (CFCW) - Edmonton, AB Mike McGuire (CISN-FM) - Edmonton, AB
Mark Patric (CJJR-FM) - Vancouver, BC Scott Phillips (CKRY-FM) - Calgary, AB
Jay Richards (CJWW) - Saskatoon, SK

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Secondary Market
David Baker (CJVR-FM) - Melfort, SK Tim Day (CKGY-FM) - Red Deer, AB
Cal Gratton (CIXM-FM/CJVR-FM) - Whitecourt, AB/Melfort, SK
Kelly Moore (CJKC-FM) - Kamloops, BC Peter Walker (CJKX-FM) - Oshawa, ON

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