2014 CCMA Awards Show proves that Country rocks in Edmonton

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EDMONTON, Sept. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The 2014 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Awards Show, hosted by Jann Arden and Rick Mercer, celebrated eight CCMA Award categories in a televised ceremony, live from Rexall Place in Edmonton. The 2014 CCMA Awards Show was broadcast across Canada on CBC-TV at 8:00pm (8:30pm NT) and 10:00pm EST on CMT (Canada).

Crowd favourite Gord Bamford took home awards for both Male Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for his song, "When Your Lips Are So Close." Jess Moskaluke and Tim Hicks both won their first CCMA Awards: Moskaluke for Female Artist of the Year and Hicks for CCMA Rising Star Award.

Johnny Reid won his fifth Fans' Choice Award and Dean Brody won his third Album of the Year award, for Crop Circles. Amanda Wilkinson, and brother Tyler, Small Town Pistols, accepted the award for Group or Duo of the Year, and Brett Kissel took home the award for CMT Video of the Year for "3-2-1".

The 2014 CCMA Awards Show brought together a wide array of Canadian country music's brightest stars and included performances by Jess Moskaluke; Tim Hicks; Dallas Smith; Kira Isabella;  Gord Bamford;  Terri Clark;  Paul Brandt with MacKenzie Porter and Lindsay Ell; Dean Brody and Brett Kissel. The show opened with a high energy collaboration featuring The Road Hammers, Paul Brandt, George Canyon and Tom Cochrane. Co-host Jann Arden also performed alongside Autumn Hill.

International country acts Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town also performed their songs of the summer: "Drunk on a Plane" and "Day Drinking".

The full list of 2014 CCMA Award winners announced at the CCMA Awards Show is:

Fans' Choice Award
Johnny Reid

Single of the Year
"When Your Lips Are So Close" – Gord Bamford

Album of the Year
Crop Circles – Dean Brody

CMT Video of the Year
"3-2-1" – Brett Kissel

Female Artist of the Year
Jess Moskaluke 

Male Artist of the Year
Gord Bamford

Group or Duo of the Year
Small Town Pistols

Rising Star
Tim Hicks

MEDIA NOTE: The complete list of all 2014 CCMA Award winners from
ceremonies held throughout Country Music Week can be found at ccma.org.

Country Music Week 2015 and the 2015 CCMA Awards Show will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

About the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®)

Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the CCMA Award Show. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2014 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canada Music Fund", Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Alberta, the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Tourism.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages. 

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada's new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future generations. Through to 2020, it will increase its investment in prime time television programming, and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

About CMT (Canada)
Available in over 9.5 million homes, Corus Entertainment's CMT is Canada's source for country music lifestyle programming. Exploring themes relevant to country music and country music fans, the network offers an exciting mix of comedy and dramatic series, movies and country music news, videos, concerts and specials. CMT's Video Advantage Program, established in 2000, supports the production of original music videos for Canadian artists. The station's website, www.cmt.ca, is Canada's number one website dedicated to country music.


For further information: Media Contacts: Dayna Shiskos, publicist, CBC, 416-205-7973, dayna.shiskos@cbc.ca; Tiffany Astle, 416-554-7329, tiffany@penelopepr.com


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