CELEBRITY and star power are expected in spades at the 2019 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards Finalists and official launch of Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Live among the action, The Leader will bring you all the announcements as they happen from ABC Studios Ultimo on Tuesday.
Hosted by Adam Brand and Amber Lawrence, the awards are an opportunity to celebrate the achievements, life milestones and new music of Australia’s biggest and upcoming country music stars.
Plenty of today’s big names started at Tamworth Country Music Festival, with Lawrence herself reflecting on her first show in the park.
“My first time playing the opening concert in the park, the most torrential storm hit Tamworth and it was touch and go whether the show would go on,” she said.
“But thankfully it did, and the fans turned up with their raincoats, gum boots and umbrellas.
“There was mud everywhere, but what a great time we had.”
Keep an eye on our Instagram page and website throughout the day where we’ll be catching up with artists, finalists and fans from the red carpet throughout the day.
Sister trio The McClymonts’ took out three awards from their six nominations with Country Music Album of the Year, Contemporary Country Album of the Year and Country Music Capital News Group or Duo of the Year.
Travis Collins and Amber Lawrence were celebrating after also collecting three awards from their six nominations.
Their first collaboration together, Our Backyard, saw them take home, Regional Australia Bank Vocal Collaboration of the Year, APRA AMCOS Song of the Year and Single of the Year, which also saw the song’s co-writer, Matt Scullion collect a Golden Guitar.
Alt-Country Album of the Year winner Kasey Chambers became the 51st person to be honoured with the industry's most prestigious award, The Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown.
Rounding out the album of the year awards was Ashleigh Dallas with her album Lighthouse awarded the inaugural Traditional Country Album of the Year, which also saw her father Brett Dallas accept a Golden Guitar for producing the album.
Golden Guitars for Male and Female Artist of the Year went to Shane Nicholson and Aleyce Simmonds.
Other dual Award winners include the Davidson Brothers who have picked up Bluegrass Recording of the Year (Back Where I Started) and Coca-Cola Instrumental of the Year (Evelyn’s Kitchen).
QantasLink New Talent of the Year went to Brad Butcher and Bush Ballad of the Year to Dean Perrett (Henbury Blues) and its writer Neville Anderson.
The event also saw the awarding of the previously announced 2018 Sanity Top Selling Album of the Year Golden Guitar Award, which went to country super-star Lee Kernaghan for The 25th Anniversary Album.
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