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While Toronto has been buzzing with the 37th Toronto International Film Festival and music stars from Selena Gomez to Rob Zombie and Natalie Maines descending on the city to help promote certain films, two provinces west in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the Canadian country music industry was having its own four-day celebration. PotashCorp Country Music Week wrapped Sunday night with the 30th annual Canadian Country Music Association Awards.
The show, held at Credit Union Centre before an audience of 11,000 – and broadcast live on national public television CBC with encore airings on privately owned CMT – featured the inaugural Generation Award, given to Taylor Swift, who was on hand to accept the honor bestowed on an international “cross-generational superstar” who pushes “country music forward introducing this genre of music to a new audience,” according to the CCMA, whose board selects the recipient.
Most of the other CCMAs had been given out at the day before. Like Canada’s multi-genre Juno Awards, the televised ceremony was short on awards and big on performances, 19 in all, including Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Eric Church, Terri Clark, Johnny Reid, George Canyon, The Stellas and former Default rocker-turned-country guy Dallas Smith.
Of the eight awards handed out, Dean Brody won two: album of the year for DIRT and male artist. He opened the show with his No. 1 hit “Canadian Girls” but lost single of the year to Jason Blaine for “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore.” Fans’ Choice went to Reid, group of the year to Hey Romeo, female artist to Carolyn Dawn Johnson, CMT Video to “In This House” by The Stellas and Rising Star to 19-year-old Kira Isabella from Ottawa.
Watch Brody’s video for “Canadian Girls” below.
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