The Country Music Assn. of Australia has entered into a deal with the free-to-air Southern Cross Ten Television Network to broadcast its CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia until 2009. The move to

The Country Music Assn. of Australia has entered into a deal with the free-to-air Southern Cross Ten Television Network to broadcast its CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia until 2009. The move to Ten ends a 33-year association with regional network Prime Television.

The gala, better known here as the Golden Guitar Awards because of the design of the trophies, is celebrating its 34th year. It will be held Jan. 28 at the Regional Entertainment Centre in the country's main country music center, Tamworth, in the state of New South Wales.

The ceremony is a keystone of the Telstra Country Music Festival, held in Tamworth from Jan. 20-29. The festival comprises more than 70 events, and draws about 50,000 to 60,000 visitors.

Ten is promising a prime time Saturday Feb. 4 timeslot for its broadcast, which will air through the network's metropolitan and regional affiliates.

Ten separately broadcasts the Australian Recording Industry Association's ARIA Awards in October.

The country awards will be headlined by Russell Crowe and his band the Ordinary Fear of God; Paul Kelly; John Williamson and Troy Cassar-Daley. Kelly is up for eight Golden Guitar awards, while Williamson and Cassar-Daley are each nominated in seven categories. Other performers include Sara Storer and Adam Harvey, who are each up for five Golden Guitars.

Winners are chosen by an industry panel. The top selling album category is based on sales.

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