Veteran John Williamson and the ARIA-winning husband and wife team Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson are among the best-placed nominees leading in to the 37th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, details for which were revealed today (Nov. 12).

At the upcoming 2009 ceremony, Williamson should add to his 23 career "Golden Guitars," as the awards are known, with nominations in six categories for his album "Hillbilly Road" (EMI). The singer is up for APRA song of the year, album of the year, male artist of the year, heritage song of the year, bush ballad of the year and vocal collaboration of the year. "Hillbilly Road" is Williamson’s 38th album in recording career spanning as many years.

Chambers and Nicholson have collected five nominations on the heels of their chart-topping album "Rattlin' Bones" (Liberation Music), which won the best country album trophy at last month's ARIA Awards in Sydney. Peter Denahy, whose star has risen off the back of Internet buzz for his comedy track "Sort Of Dunno Nothin'" (Compass Bros Records), is also in the running for five trophies.

Other multi-nominees on the night include the McClymonts, Catherine Britt, Melinda Schneider and Jasmine Rae.

Organized by the Country Music Assn. of Australia (CMAA), the event will take place Jan. 24, 2009 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Convention Centre.

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