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ONE of the coveted Golden Guitars has remained in Tamworth with First time Golden Guitar winner ASHLEIGH DALLAS awarded  BEST NEW TALENT.

Ashleigh is a third generation country artist and Tamworth local who was discovered by Kasey Chambers

Lee Kernaghan and Sara Storer have cemented their places as king and queen of Australian country music at 42nd Country Music Awards of Australia. 

LEE KERNAGHAN  scored  MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR, CMC VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR, SINGLE OF THE YEAR and the  SANITY TOP SELLING AUSTRALIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR adding another four trophies to his already impressive collection.

Lee's award winning song ‘Flying with the King’, a tribute to Slim Dusty was part of the night’s theme, with the country music icon and his wife, Joy McKean saluted throughout the show’s presentation.

SARA STORER’s return after a hiatus was heralded with no less than three Golden Guitars. Taking out the coveted  ALBUM OF THE YEAR award was the icing on the country cake that also included  FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR and Vocal COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR with John Williamson.

LUKE O’SHEA and  DREW McALISTER collected awards in Heritage Song of the Year and APRA Song of the Year for the  LUKE O’SHEA recording of ‘Lady Of the Land’, written by both and recorded by Luke O’Shea as a tribute to Slim’s Dusty’s wife, Joy McKean.

While  PETE DENAHY might have kept the crowd entertained with hilarious back stage crosses to award winners and country stars, he had to leave his post to collect his Golden Guitar for INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR

A special highlight of the night was the presentation of  THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to TED EGAN

 With a career spanning over forty years, Ted has recorded 30 albums, written ten books and presented on 13 episodes of the hour -long documentary ‘This Land Australia. Along with the Golden Guitar trophy, Ted's contribution to the industry was recognised with a performance of his song Drover’s Boy.

The full list of winners for the 42nd CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia is as follows:

 ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Lovegrass  - Sara Storer, produced by Matt Fell

 ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Black Coffee - Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, produced by Lachlan Bryan, Mat Duniam, Shaun Ryan and Rod McCormack

 MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Lee Kernaghan - Flying With The King

 FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Sara Storer - Lovegrass

 GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR O'Shea - Thank You Angels

 VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR Pozie - Sara Storer & John Williamson

 TOYOTA HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR Lady of the Land - written by Luke O'Shea & Drew McAlister, recorded by Luke O'Shea

 BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR

I Love Australia - written by Keith Jamieson, recorded by Jeff Brown

 INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR Cotton Eyed Joe - Pete Denahy

 QANTASLINK NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR

Ashleigh Dallas - Me

 APRA SONG OF THE YEAR

Lady of the Land - written by Luke O'Shea & Drew McAlister, recorded by Luke O'Shea

 CMC VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR

Flying With The King - Lee Kernaghan, directed by Duncan Toombs

 SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Flying With The King  - Lee Kernaghan

  TOP SELLING INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Red  – Taylor Swift (Universal Music)

 SANITY TOP SELLING  AUSTRALIAN  ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Beautiful Noise  – Lee Kernaghan (ABC Music)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Ted Egan

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