Tamworth Country Music Festival 2016: CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia | photos, video

So that's us done for the 2016 CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia. Troy Cassar-Daley confirmed his place in the pantheon of Australian country music while emotions ran high all night. 

The 2016 Golden Guitar Awards as it happened

10.45pm: And it's really only fitting that the two men of the moment - Troy Cassar-Daley and Paul Kelly - round out the night. 

And what a night it was!

10.25pm: Given how the rest of the night has panned out, this might not come as a massive shock, but ...

10.19pm: You want emotion? How about this:

10.15pm: A musical interlude if you will ... Golden Guitar winners Adam Eckersley performs Wheels. It goes like this:

10.08pm: Wow. What a night it's been for Troy Cassar-Daley.

An emotional TCD accepts Male Artist of the Year. It's been an emotional Golden Guitars - happy tears, happily.

10.02pm: And come on up again Lee Kernaghan - another Golden Guitar for the heartfelt Spirit of the Anzacs.  

9.56pm: Freedom Ride wins another Golden Guitar for Troy Cassar-Daley and Paul Kelly. That takes Troy's Golden Guitar count to 30. 

9.45pm: That's Golden Guitar No.35 for Lee Kernaghan. Congrats.

9.29pm: Rex Dallas and Tamworth's own @ashleighdallas present Bush Ballad of the Year Golden Guitar to Allan Caswell and Manfred Vigars for One Last Muster.

9.24pm: Peter Denahy is treating the crowd to a great performance of his award-winning Singin' Shoes.

9.08pm: Anne Kirkpatrick and Max Ellis induct Graeme Connors to the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown. And it's a bit emotional ... understandably.

9pm: Alternative Country Album of the Year goes to Shane Nicholson for Hell Breaks Loose!  The big question is ... will it?

8.50pm: Freedom Ride - Song of the year! Whattabout that?

Have a listen ... and hear Troy's inspiration

8.40pm: Another repeat offender tonight ... Golden Guitar No.2 for 2016 for  Pete Denahy. This time he collects the Bluegrass Recording of the Year Golden Guitar for Singin' Shoes.

8.31pm: We're back in awards mode, people, and the winner of the Instrumental of the Year goes to Pete Denahy with Cluck Old Hen.

How couldn't it with a title like that! Congrats Pete.

8.25pm: Beccy Cole is now onstage  at the Golden Guitars performing Sweet Rebecca . You know it, right?

8.21pm: The Country Music Capital News Group or Duo of the Year  award goes to ...

8.15pm: Another Golden Guitar for Mr Cassar-Daley - this one as Producer of the Year.

8.14pm: Recognising musical skills - gotta love it.

8.10pm: Dobe Newton - what a man. What an impact.

8.10pm: Classy touch, Lee Kernaghan

8.03pm: We might well see and hear more from Lee Kernaghan tonight but let's not get too far ahead. He's won a Golden Guitar for the video clip accompanying Spirit of the Anzacs.

Find 4.54 minutes and watch it below

Spirit of the Anzacs (Official Music Video)

7.53pm: Well, Christie Lamb, there's nothing broken about this record!  She is the New Talent of the Year Award winner.

7.43pm: You know this bloke - he's snared the odd 27 Golden Guitars previously ... come on down Troy Cassar-Daley!

Rocking the car park, then the red carpet 

Looking sharp. Pic: Simon McCarthy

Looking sharp. Pic: Simon McCarthy

6.16pm: The Adam Eckersley Band rock the red carpet

5.58pm: A familiar face on the red carpet ...

5.53pm: Might be as close to a trophy as anyone in an Essendon jumper gets this year. It's Lachlan Bryan and mates The Wildes.

5.48pm: Catherine Britt - you think she's going to get a huge welcome? Ohhh yeah! And she's nominated for female album of the year for Bone Shaker.

5.42pm: Caitlyn Shadbolt is here!

5.33pm: James Blundell arrives in the red carpet. Finalist in Alternative Country Album of the Year.

5.26pm: And hello Mr and Mrs Harvey 

5.05pm: And it won't be long now

And while the dedicated are waiting for some familiar faces at TRECC, Jared Porter keeps their toes tapping.

@thendl: @jaredportermusic performing at TRECC as the crowds roll in for tonight's #GoldenGuitar awards. #tcmf2016

@thendl: @jaredportermusic performing at TRECC as the crowds roll in for tonight's #GoldenGuitar awards. #tcmf2016

@traviscollinsonline said on Instagram: "They put their big awards night in OUR hands? Muuahahahah! *evil laugh* LOOK OUT." Is he right????

@traviscollinsonline

@traviscollinsonline

@amberlawrencemusic: "They're working on me big time #goldenguitars#tamworthcountrymusicfestival #willitwork ?" Ohhh, Amber ...

@amberlawrencemusic

@amberlawrencemusic

Well, tonight's the night - have a look at what's happened so far today in Australia's country music capital ...

Earlier on Saturday ...

The Cavalcade on Saturday morning was a bit wet. Well, it was probably a lot wet for a fair few people - our photographers included. Check out their photos here

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Friday night: The 2016 Toyota Star Maker title was run and won - congrats to WA's Karin Page. She triumphed over the two other finalists - Missy Lancaster and the homegrown Allison Forbes. Check out the photos from the Concert for Rural Australia at Bicentennial Park: right here

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Friday night: And the winner is Maddy Lang. She was crowned the Queen of Country Music, Dominique Judd the princess, and Adina Hanley voted in by her fellow entrants as Miss Congeniality, at Friday night's gala dinner at the Tamworth Jockey Club. Continue reading

Adina Hanley, Maddy Lang and Dominique Judd. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Adina Hanley, Maddy Lang and Dominique Judd. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Remember this?

We're waiting for the action to start ... hang tough, and remember what happened 12 months ago. Click on the photo for a blast from the past.

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