Nominees for the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards were announced in Toronto this morning. There are plenty of familiar faces among those in the running.
Lacombe, Alberta's Gord Bamford set the pace with seven nominations, including single of the year for "Leaning on a Lonesome Song," songwriter of the year and male artist of the year.
Bamford was in town working on a showcase with the Boom Chucka Boys, so he was able to take in the announcement in person. In fact, his work with the Boom Chucka Boys earned him a nomination for producer of the year.
"Any time you can get recognized with the talent in these categories, it’s just awesome,” he said.
The singer is a familiar presence at the awards, having taken home songwriter of the year last year for "Is It Friday Yet?" That song could earn Bamford some more hardware, as his album of the same name is up for album of the year.
It seems Friday is also a big day for Dean Brody, who is up for single of the year for his song "It's Friday." Do you see the theme developing here? Brody is close on Bamford's heels with five-and-change nominations (he's featured on Terri Clark's "I'm Moving On," which is nominated for video of the year). Brody also has two songs in the running for songwriter of the year, "Bob Marley" and "It's Friday."
Terri Clark has four nominations, including interactive artist of the year, and Dallas Smith is up for three, including male artist of the year. Another favourite in the running is Scottish transplant Johnny Reid, whose devoted posse of followers known as the Tartan Army has helped him take home the Fans' Choice Award in each of the past four years.
Lindi Ortega says she was excited to be nominated for roots artist of the year for various reasons.
"I love Corb Lund, so I'm honoured to be nominated in the same category as him," she says. "And I've never been before, so I'm very excited about this."
The CCMA Awards will be held on Sept. 8 in Edmonton, Alta., and will be broadcast on CBC Television. Check back in to CBC Music for our complete coverage.