The winners of the 6th Annual CMC Music Awards have been announced, with superstar Adam Brand being crowned Oz Artist of the Year at the star-studded ceremony hosted by Morgan Evans and Kelsea Ballerini.
"I think the CMC Awards and CMC Rocks are a real landmark," Brand said. "They are getting stronger every year and they're a force to be reckoned with. It's an amazing thing and I never take it for granted and I'm very grateful."
Music legend Lee Kernaghan also had a huge night, winning awards for CMC Oz Male Artist of the Year, CMC Oz Video and the ARIA Highest Selling Australian Album.
"This is a definitely a fireball night," Kernaghan said. "One of the greatest things about these awards are that they are the ones that are voted by fans who come to the show, buy the albums and tune into CMC. My heart is swelling with gratitude to those people supporting me not only this year but for the last 24 years."
Singer-songwriter Amber Lawrence was crowned CMC Female Oz Artist of the Year for the second year in a row on the strength of her fourth album Superheroes.
"I am absolutely blown away and CMC is one of the reasons I have had a 10 year career," Lawrence said. "I remember in 2005 when my video first played on CMC I screamed the house down, it was such a dream. To get this award, I really didn't expect it and to win it again this year is a very big honour. CMC has such a big part to play and I am very thankful."
Keith Urban took home the CMC International Artist of the Year, his fourth win in this category, and CMC International Video of the Year, his fifth win in this category, this year for 'Raise 'em Up' featuring Eric Church.
Emerging star Caitlyn Shadbolt has undeniably made an impression since the release of her self-titled debut EP and is one of the new breed of artists bringing a fresh, contemporary stamp to Australian Country Music and was this evening was awarded CMC New Oz Artist of the Year.
Tasmanian country rockers The Wolfe Brothers, who first burst on the scene as runners up on Australia's Got Talent, were awarded CMC Group or Duo of the Year.
Also for a CMC Music Awards first, the ARIA Highest Selling International Album was awarded to Alan Jackson for Angels and Alcohol.
The awards included stellar acoustic performances by first-class international and local artists, including Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia and co-host Kelsea Ballerini. Local artists Adam Harvey and Shane Nicholson also performed, and Beccy Cole debuted an original song for the event, 'Look Ma I'm On CMC'.
Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans will once again excite audiences at CMC Rocks QLD 2016 from Friday March 11 to Sunday March 13 at Willowbank near Ipswich, and telecast on CMC April 7 at 8pm.
Foxtel and CMC are proud to partner with Tourism and Events Queensland to bring the CMC Music Awards to Queensland. CMC Music Awards and CMC Rocks QLD are part of the It's Live! in Queensland events calendar, showcasing Australia's best live events in spectacular destinations.