Kasey Chambers was the big winner at the 33rd Golden Guitar Awards, Australia's leading country music ceremony, held Saturday (Jan. 15) in Tamworth, New South Wales.

Kasey Chambers was the big winner at the 33rd Golden Guitar Awards, Australia's leading country music ceremony, held Saturday (Jan. 15) in Tamworth, New South Wales.

The singer, signed to EMI Music in Australia and Warner Bros. in the United States, converted three of her six nominations into trophies. She won female vocalist of the year, best-selling album of the year for "Wayward Angel" and single of the year for "Like a River."

Melinda Schneider took two, with "Family Tree" (Compass) claiming album of the year and "Real People" winning the Australasian Performing Right Assn. award for song of the year.

Slim Dusty posthumously won the video category for "Get Along" (EMI). Lee Kernaghan and Colin Buchanan's tribute song to the late artist, "Missin' Slim" (ABC), took the heritage song category.

Others winners included Adam Harvey, named best male vocalist for the third year in a row; Jedd Hughes (ABC/Universal) for new talent; and Bella for vocal group.

The ceremony is the flagship event of the 10-day Telstra Country Music Festival, which ends on Jan. 23.