Dean Brody collects two major wins at the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Saskatoon, SK; Johnny Reid takes home Fans' Choice

2012 Canadian Country Music Association Award winners announced

SASKATOON, Sept. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - The 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards shook Saskatoon tonight during one of the most star-studded events in Canadian country music. Dean Brody set the stage for an outstanding night of performances with his opening number, Canadian Girls; and it was clear from the start that it would be a night to remember for the 2012 nominee.  With his most recent album, DIRT, recognized with awards earlier this weekend, Dean Brody received two 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards for Album of the Year and Male Artist of the Year.

Johnny Reid took home the coveted Fan's Choice Award, following his 2012 win for Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year. Carolyn Dawn Johnson went home with Female Artist of the Year and trio Hey Romeo took Group or Duo of the Year. Welcomed to the fold with her first CCMA Award was Rising Star Award winner, Kira Isabella.

One after another, the industry's biggest names and most exciting Canadian country recording artists graced The Canadian Country Music Association Awards stage to the delight of a packed audience at Saskatoon's Credit Union Centre. Presenters included Alan Doyle, Allan Hawco, Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle, Theo Fleury and 2012 CCMA Generation Award winner, Taylor Swift to name a few. The show also saw Saskatoon entertained by some of America's country heavyweights - Jason AldeanPistol Annies, Eric Church and Miranda Lambert.

The 2012 CCMA Awards broadcast featured more music than ever before with a total of nineteen performers taking the stage. Fans are encouraged to visit www.itunes.com/CCMAAwards to download the full albums for each of tonight's performers and nominees.

Nine Canadian Country Music Association Awards were bestowed throughout the night with wins going to the following:

FANS' CHOICE AWARD
Johnny Reid

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
DIRT - Dean Brody

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Carolyn Dawn Johnson

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Dean Brody

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Hey Romeo

CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
In This House - The Stellas

RISING STAR
Kira Isabella

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
They Don't Make Em' Like That Anymore - Jason Blaine

CCMA GENERATION AWARD
Taylor Swift

These wins marked the end of the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards and PotashCorp Country Music Week which took place in Saskatoon, SK September 6 - 9. The 2013 edition of Country Music Week will take place in Edmonton, AB from September 5-8, coming to a culmination with the 2013 Canadian Country Music Association Awards on Sunday, September 8, 2013.

About the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®)
Established in 1976, the CCMA® is committed to ensuring the growth of Canadian country music through education, communication, information, promotion and recognition. Core to the organization's efforts is Country Music Week - an annual event that heightens awareness and increases exposure for Canada's country artists. A culmination of Country Music Week, the Canadian Country Music Association Awards™ were inaugurated in 1982 and continue to celebrate the music and artists that represent Canada's unique culture.

SOURCE: CCMA

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