All the finalists for the 2020 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards

Tamworth Regional Council and the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) have announced the finalists for the 2020 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards – the 48th Country Music Awards of Australia.

At an all-star event at The Seymour Centre in Sydney hosted by The McClymonts, the finalists in all categories were revealed. And what a list it is!

Chairman of the Country Music Association of Australia, Daniel Biddle said: “Country Music is enjoying a new golden era in Australia, which is a testament to the incredible talent of artists such as those we are celebrating … From the first-time finalists to our legends of the industry, we thank them for continuing to inspire the public with their music and lead the way for Australian country music to shine well into the future.

Leading the charge with eight finalist categories each are Lee Kernaghan and Felicity Urquhart. In great news for the Toyota Star Maker family, 2018 winner Brad Cox is up for two awards, APRA AMCOS Song Of The Year and Apple Music Single Of The Year for ‘Rusty Strings’. These finalist placings follow a huge year for Brad in which he signed a global recording deal with Sony Music.

Presented in Tamworth, the country music capital, as the finale to the 10 day Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth, the event is much more than just the presentation of the coveted Golden Guitars. The night is a fast-paced concert, showcasing the cream of Australian country music artists and the songs that have left their mark on the fans throughout the past 12 months.

The Awards night gives fans the opportunity to rub shoulders with the biggest names in country music and see all of their favourite artists perform in one huge show – you can buy tickets here.

ALT COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Brad ButcherTravelling SalesmanMatt Fell
Hayley MarstenSpectacular HeartbreakMatt Fell
Jenny MitchellWildfiresMatt Fell
Kevin Bennett & The FloodBlood Red TiesGlen Hannah
Michael WaughThe WeirShane Nicholson

CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Amber LawrenceSparkStuart Stuart
Busby MarouThe Great DivideOscar Dawson
Cornell & CarrWe Go Way BackMatt Fell
Lee KernaghanBackroad NationLindsay Rimes
Morgan EvansThings That We Drink ToChris DeStefano

TRADITIONAL COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Angus GillWelcome to My HeartAngus Gill
Ashleigh DallasReflectionBrett Dallas
Felicity UrquhartFrozen RabbitGlen Hannah
Gina JeffreysBeautiful TangleRod McCormack
Sara StorerRaindanceMatt Fell

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Blake O’ConnorEverything I Feel
Brad ButcherTravelling Salesman
Lee KernaghanBackroad Nation
Michael WaughThe Weir
Morgan EvansThings That We Drink To

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Amber LawrenceSpark
Ashleigh DallasReflection
Felicity UrquhartFrozen Rabbit
Gina JeffreysBeautiful Tangle
Sara StorerRaindance

COUNTRY MUSIC CAPITAL NEWS GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

Busby MarouThe Great Divide
Cornell & CarrWe Go Way Back
Jetty RoadBecause We Can
Kevin Bennett & The FloodBlood Red Ties
The Viper Creek BandBeautiful Destruction

VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Andrew Swift & Gretta ZillerSecond Hand
Felicity Urquhart feat Karl BroadieSlow It Down
Lee Kernaghan with The Wolfe BrothersTill It Ends
Luke O’Shea & Lyn BowtellSing Me A Story
Sara Storer & Colin HayNext Year People

BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR

Allan CaswellCountry CopperAllan Caswell & Manfred Vijars
Dean PerrettHis Last Cattle DriveCarmelo Cacciola
Graham RodgerKnights Of The SaddleGraham Rodger
Jeff BrownMore Times Than I RememberJeff Brown and Kelly & Marian Dixon
John O’DeaThe Drover’s FriendJohn O’Dea

HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR

Brad ButcherFreshwater LadyBrad Butcher & Vaughan Jones
Felicity Urquhart feat Shanley DelWhere The Fruit Hangs LowFelicity Urquhart, Mick Thomas
Lee KernaghanThe Trucks Came ThroughLee Kernaghan, Colin Buchanan, Garth Porter
Luke O’Shea & Lyn BowtellSing Me A StoryLuke O’Shea & Felicity Urquhart
Sara StorerHayrunnerSara Storer

COCA-COLA INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR

Michael FixThe Balcony Brunch
Mickey PyeBridle Track
Mustered CourageDeath Mountain Run
Phil Emmanuel with Jacob FunnellGallaghers Lane
Rod McCormackTimeless Traveller

BLUEGRASS RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Allan CaswellBad Politics
Hillbilly GoatsBleed Me Dry
Kristy CoxYesterday’s Heartache
Mustered CourageHome Of Lost Lovers (The Ballad of Glen Turner)
Rod McCormackShimmers

QANTAS NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR

Blake O’ConnorWorth A Little More
Casey BarnesA Little More
Sinead BurgessReno
SeaforthLove That
The BuckleysDaydream

APRA AMCOS SONG OF THE YEAR

Brad CoxRusty StringsBrad Cox & Jackson Besley
Felicity UrquhartChain Of JoyFelicity Urquhart & Kim Richey
Lee KernaghanBackroad NationLee Kernaghan, Colin Buchanan, Garth Porter, Lindsay Rimes, Phil Barton
Luke O’Shea & Lyn BowtellSing Me A StoryLuke O’Shea & Felicity Urquhart
Sara StorerRaindanceSara Storer & Greg Storer

CMC VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR

Fanny LumsdenReal Men Don’t Cry (War On Pride)Dan Stanley Freeman & Fanny Lumsden
Felicity UrquhartChain Of JoyGlen Hannah
Lee KernaghanBackroad NationJay Seeney, Blacklist Productions
Sara StorerRaindanceDuncan Toombs, The Filmery
The Wolfe BrothersHey BrotherJay Seeney, Blacklist Productions

APPLE MUSIC SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Brad CoxRusty Strings
Felicity UrquhartChain Of Joy
Lee KernaghanBackroad Nation
Morgan EvansYoung Again
The Wolfe BrothersHey Brother

TOYOTA ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Amber LawrenceSparkStuart Stuart
Felicity UrquhartFrozen RabbitGlen Hannah
Lee KernaghanBackroad NationLindsay Rimes
Morgan EvansThings That We Drink ToChris DeStefano
Sara StorerRaindanceMatt Fell