On Friday evening, we announced the winners in the CMC Music Awards 2011 at a special event held at The Great Cask Hall, Hope Estate Winery in the Hunter Valley. 2011 was the first year that the annual CMC Oz Artist of the Year award was expanded into an award series and the winners of the four categories were voted entirely by CMC viewers.
ADAM BRAND’S, position as one of Australia’s leading country music artists was solidified with him being crowned CMC Oz Artist of the Year for the fifth time in a row. Unable to attend the awards as he is in Nashville, Brand said that he was humbled to win the prestigious award again. “This award is the most special of all awards because it’s voted by the most important people in the world; the fans,” Brand said in a video acceptance. ADAM BRAND has taken out this top prize every year of the award’s history.
Darling of country music, TAYLOR SWIFT, was voted CMC International Artist of the Year. In a special video she thanked her Australian fans for their ongoing support and sent a message of encouragement to those who have been affected by the recent natural disasters in this country. Swift also hinted that she would be visiting Australia very soon.
Taking home CMC Music Video of the Year was Australian mega star KEITH URBAN for the video Til Summer Comes Around from his fifth studio album Deying Gravity. Urban thanked his fans and CMC via a video acceptance.
Rising Australian stars, McALISTER KEMP, were awarded CMC New Oz Artist of the Year. The duo were scheduled to perform at the event, but had to pull out at the last minute after they were added to the Alan Jackson line up when Miranda Lambert cancelled her Australian tour earlier in the week due to illness.
The awards ceremony included performances by Canada’s DEAN BRODY and the evening’s hosts MARK & JAY O’SHEA. Australian star DIANNA CORCORAN also performed the McAlister Kemp song It Don’t Buy You Love in honour of the CMC New Oz Artist of the Year winners.
Guests included, Rob Hirst, The Sunny Cowgirls, Victoria Baillie, Jayne Denham and Mark Wells.
The CMC MUSIC AWARDS have struck a chord with viewers as it gives country music fans nationwide the opportunity to vote for the Australian country artists they think deserve to be crowned this country’s favourite.
Highlights from the awards event will be broadcast on CMC from Saturday 12 March.