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BCMA Awards 2016
This year’s BCMA Awards Show, held at the Concorde House in London was a two day occasion with the Saturday evening being a Best of British with a visitor from the USA and the Awards Show on the Sunday evening. For the awards show itstself guests were requested to wear evening outfits and most people obliged making it a glittering and glitzy event.
Editor of Up Country magazine, Rob Davis was presented with the award for UK Services To Industry which was well received.
Geordie Jack and his lovely wife Irene were present for accepting his Induction into the British Country Music Hall of Fame. Other inductees were Lyn Jones and Darren Busby.
The show opened with host Baylen Leonard, of BBC Radio 2 Country, moving all the acts and awards on effortlessly. The evening was a mix of live music before each of the presentations of the awards. That took the usual form of an announcer coming on to list the nominees, with a video presentation of excerpts from their performances, announcement of the award and the awardee making a brief statement of thanks.
The votes are cast by the members of the BCMA.
Entertainer and Group of the Year - Jess & The Bandits
Male Vocalist of the Year - Gary Quinn
Female Vocalist of the Year - Laura Oakes
Duo of the Year - Holloway Road
Horizon act of the Year - Southern Companion
Special Achievement Award - The Shires
Musician of the Year - Justin Johnson
UK Song of the Year - Luke & Mel, Bad Habit
UK Album of the Year - Southern Companion, 1000 Days Of Rain
Video of the Year - Luke & Mel
International act of the Year - Phil Vassar
Inrernational Song of The Year - Chris Stapleton
International Services To Industry - Kirt Webster
CMA 50th Anniversary Awards Show
As you would expect this year’s CMA Awards show was filled with surprises and outstanding performances from all that is good in Country music. Once again Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood took over the role of presenters, something which seems to be their role every year now, this being their ninth.
This year the show boasted more live presentations than ever before in its history and had taken great care to acknowledge the veterans while making way for the new generation. This year’s parade spotlighted Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Maren Morris, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, Roy Clark, Clint Black, Martina McBride, Chris Stapleton, Elle King, Pentatonix, Dwight Yoakam, Jason Aldean and Jennifer Nettles.
Along with the luminous line-up of performers was a parade of familiar names to hand out the awards. Singer Cam, who was nominated for Song and Music Video of the Year for Burning House, was there as was Cole Swindell, Lee Greenwood, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, Olivia Newton-John, the Oak Ridge Boys, Barbara Mandrell, Brenda Lee, Lily Tomlin, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Garner and Matthew McConaughey.
Country stars celebrated Dolly Parton at the CMA Awards when she took home the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Jennifer Nettles and Pentatonix kicked off a tribute to Dolly, beginning with an a cappella version of her hit Jolene. Reba McEntire then took over singing 9 To 5 with a full band, followed by Kacey Musgraves who sang Here You Come Again. Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride then came out to join the others for a group rendition of I Will Always Love You which brought tears to Dolly’s eyes.
Complete list of winners:-
Entertainer of the Year - Garth Brooks
Male Vocalist of the Year - Chris Stapleton
Female Vocalist of the Year - Carrie Underwood
New Artist of the Year - Maren Morris
Album of the Year - Eric Church, Mr Misunderstood
Single of the Year - Die A Happy Man, Thomas Rhett
Song of the Year - Humble And Kind, Tim McGraw
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