Looking back the 2016 Canadian Country Music Awards

Canadian Country Music Awards

Canadian Country Music Awards winner for Female Artist of the Year Jess Moskaluke with SiriusXM's Jeff Leake.

The Canadian Country Music Awards are great and are only going to get better.

Music has a cycle. In the 70’s we liked rock; the 80’s were filled with synth pop; the early 90’s was country and then it became alternative. In 2000 we really liked rhythmic pop and now we are once again we’re all over country music. Country music almost died in the late 90’s – there was no fanfare, media basically stopped covering events and concerts, and the genre was forced to re-invent itself.

With record sales dropping and radio stations flipping away from the country format, artists, managers and record labels had to make some very big decisions that dramatically impacted the genre. They opened the doors and made themselves available, and outworked everyone else. No other genre was as outgoing as country. The artists met every fan, played every show they could, but more importantly they supported one another. Keep in mind, this was at a time when social networking meant meeting someone face to face. Every show, and every festival started becoming bigger as the entire country music community started to communicate their experiences. Nobody in music had fan clubs the way country music artist did at the time. Once online social networks like MySpace and Facebook came on board country music was a leader in adopting. The artists were already communicating with fans through fan clubs, but now it was easier for fans to share a message from their favorite artist. This DIY approach revolutionized the entire industry.

Country music fans support their artists in big numbers. In Canada there are large outdoor festivals in every province, generating well over $100 million for communities from coast to coast.

Now to the CCMA’s. The Canadian Country Music Awards celebrate everything in country music, from artists to composers, to performers, to booking agents managers, labels and beyond. When you go to the CCMA’s you are getting one thing: country music from today’s biggest stars. The 2016 CCMA’s sold out London’s Budweiser Garden’s months in advance of the televised gala. And the fans were treated to a very special show. Tim Hicks kicked off the two hour program with special guest Colin James. There were performances from Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Chad Brownlee, Terri Clark, Cold Creek CountyHigh Valley, Brett Kissel with Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Madeline Merlo, Jess Moskaluke and Johnny Reid.

You don’t need to be the biggest fan of country music to appreciate just how great the CCMA’s are – you just need to be breathing.

Get ready Saskatoon, the party is coming your way in 2017.

 

List of 2016 Canadian Country Music Award Winners

 

2016 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

ARTIST INDUCTEE
Murray McLauchlan

STAN KLEES BUILDER AWARD – BUILDER INDUCTEE
Paul Mascioli

CCMA AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT

2016 SLAIGHT MUSIC HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Mike Stevens
ARTIST AWARDS

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD presented by SiriusXM
Brett Kissel

ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Jack Daniel’s 

Tin Roof – Gord Bamford

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jess Moskaluke

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Brett Kissel

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
High Valley

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Bring Down The House – Dean Brody

CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR presented by Coors Banquet 
Bring Down The House – Dean Brody

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR presented by ole 
Dean Brody
Song: Bring Down The House (Performed By: Dean Brody)

ROOTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Washboard Union

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Brett Kissel

RISING STAR
The Washboard Union

CCMA DISCOVERY AWARD presented by Country 107.3
Eric Ethridge

MUSICIAN AWARDS

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Travis Switzer

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
Chad Melchert

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Shane Guse

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jason Barry*

KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mike Little

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Shane Guse – Mandolin

STEEL GUITER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ed “Pee Wee Charles” Ringwald*

*This is Jason and Ed’s fifth win in their respective musician categories. As such, they are now entered into the All-Star Band Hall of Honour. The Hall of Honour is reserved for musicians who have been awarded the same CCMA Musician Award five (5) or more times. Upon achieving their fifth award, their name is entered into the Hall in celebration of their great contribution to Canadian country music.


INDUSTRY AWARDS

BOOKING AGENCY OF THE YEAR
Invictus Entertainment Group

COUNTRY CLUB OF THE YEAR
Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall – Calgary, AB

COUNTRY FESTIVAL, FAIR OR EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR
Boots and Hearts Music Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON

COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAM OR SPECIAL OF THE YEAR
Chevy Top 20 Countdown – CMT Canada

MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Invictus Entertainment Group

MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
ole

RECORD COMPANY OF THE YEAR
MDM Recordings Inc.

RECORD COMPANY PERSON OF THE YEAR
Steve Coady – Warner Music Canada

RECORD PRODUCERS OF THE YEAR
Mickey Jack Cones, Brett Kissel, Bart McKay
Album: Pick Me Up (Artist: Brett Kissel)

RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR
Pick Me Up
Design Team: Patrick Duffy [Attention]; Photography: Juan Pont Lezica (Artist: Brett Kissel)

RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR presented by Fanshawe College
Barrytone Studios – St. Clements, ON

RETAILER OF THE YEAR
iTunes Canada

RON SAKAMOTO TALENT BUYER OR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Jim Cressman – Invictus Entertainment Group

TOP SELLING ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Arts & Entertainment Health Insurance Plan
Kill The Lights – Luke Bryan

TOP SELLING CANADIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Music Canada
Yoan – Yoan

TOP SELLING CANADIAN SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Bring Down The House – Dean Brody

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Stephano Barberis
Video: Cheap Seats (Artist: Dallas Smith), Video: Don’t Let Her Be Gone (Artist: Gord Bamford),
Video: Hearts On Fire (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: So Much For Taking It Slow (Artist: Bobby Wills)

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