TROY Cassar-Daley was the big winner at Saturday night’s 41st CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia ceremony in Tamworth, taking home four Golden Guitars to add to his already huge collection.
The Queensland artist was a finalist in seven categories and won Single of the Year, APRA Song of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year, which brings his total to 25 Golden Guitars.
The latest swag of gongs means he’s the third-highest winner of Golden Guitars, behind Lee Kernaghan, who is on 29, and Slim Dusty, who won 37 in his career.
It also means Troy has relegated John Williamson to fourth place, with 24 Golden Guitars to his name.
Troy had so many awards he gave his final one, for Album of the Year, to his manager, Roxanne Brown, who said it would take pride of place in her loungeroom with another he had given her.
“I’m going to get booted for winning all these,” Troy said.
“In the awards, we’re all mates and we’re barracking for each other.”
Catherine Britt was also a finalist in seven categories and took out the Female Artist of the Year award.
West Australian artist Chelsea Basham won Telstra New Talent of the Year with Laugh It Off.
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