Canadian Country Superstars Retain Their Status at CCMA

Brett Kissel

Sunday night was a case of Canada’s top Country Music stars retaining their status as reigning Canadian Country Music Association winners with Flat Lake, Alberta native Brett Kissel taking home four CCMA Awards – while Langley B. C’s Dallas Smith and Grande Prairie Alta’s Tenille Townes both took home three major awards during the 2020 CCMA Awards presented live on Global Television.

The current COVID-19 Virus may have prevented the original gathering from being staged in London Ontario as originally planned but the split presentation sites of Burls Creek Event Centre and Nashville Tennessee added a unique twist to this event.

Kissel, who got to sing “Drink About Me” at the Burl’s Creek location, was the Fans Choice and  Male Artist Of The Year recipient as well as winning for Top Album Of The Year for `Now Or Never’ and a CCMA Creative Director’s Award winner.

Dallas Smith
Dallas Smith

Smith captured the coveted TD Entertainer Of The Year award for the second straight year and also claimed awards for Top Selling Canadian Album for `The Fall’ and Top Selling Canadian Single for “Drop”.

Townes retained her crown as Queen of Country Music females by winning the Top Female Artist Of The Year award for the second straight time while also winning Top Video Of The Year for Jersey On The Wall, a track which also won her (with cohorts Gord Sampson and Tina Parol) Top Songwriter Of The Year plaudits.

Vancouver’s Washboard Union claimed Group/Duo Of The Year for their third straight year (the first band to pull off such a feat in over a decade) and also won Roots Album Of The Year for an unprecedented 5th straight year with their `Everbound’ release.

Washboard Union Dock Rock
Washboard Union

The James Barker Band from Woodville Ontario won Single Of The Year plaudits for “Keep It Simple”, Weyburn, Saskatchewan newcomer Tenille Arts was named 2020 Rising Star winner, Calgary guitar gun-slinger Lindsay Ell was voted Interactive Artist/Group Of The Year and Charlotte North Carolina’s Luke Combs took Top Selling Album Of The Year honours for his `What You See Is What You Get` release.

Despite the virtual nature of the 2020 CCMA’s, the broadcast featured an all-star cast of performers including Kissel, Smith, Dean Brody and Red Deer’s The Reklaws with an international contingent featuring Tim McGraw, Kane Brown and Sam Hunt and a Nashville gathering of talent which included Meghan Patrick, Lindsay Ell, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Mackenzie Porter and Tenille Townes.

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