Carolyn Dawn Johnson Leads CCMA Awards

Country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson was the top winner at tonight's (Sept. 13) Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA), held at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta. The artist took home four awards, includ

For the fourth year in a row, Arista Nashville's Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Terri Clark dominated the Canadian Country Music Awards, presented Monday (Sept. 13) in front of a crowd of 7,500 fans and industry figures at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

The show, hosted by Paul Brandt, was televised nationally by CBC Television, and by CMT in the United States.

Johnson took four major trophies. The Arista artist won honors for top album for "Dress Rehearsal," while "Simple Life" won for top single and video. "Die of a Broken Heart," co-written by Johnson and Shaye Smith, was named top song, and she performed it during the show.

Clark edged Johnson out in two major categories. She was named top female artist and won the coveted Fans' Choice Award, the sole category voted on by consumers. It was Clark's fourth consective Fans' Choice win; this year, in addition to Johnson, she beat out Shania Twain, Doc Walker and Jason McCoy.

One of the evening's biggest crowd ovations went to "Nashville Star" finalist George Canyon, recently signed to Universal South in Nashville, who won the Rising Star award. Canyon credited CMT Canada for broadcasting "Nashville Star," which brought him to the attention of country fans.

In other key categories, Open Road Recordings' Jason McCoy was named top male artist, while labelmate Doc Walker was named top group. Stony Plain Records act the Corb Lund Band took home the roots artist award.

During the ceremony, veteran Ontario bluegrass/country band the Good Brothers and Vancouver disc jockey "Weird" Harold Kendall were inducted into the CCMA Hall of Fame.