British Country Music Association

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British Country Music Association
AbbreviationBCMA, British CMA
TypeMusic organization
HeadquartersUnited Kingdom

The British Country Music Association, also known as the BCMA or the British CMA, is a music organization formed to promote and support UK country music artists and to increase the profile of the genre in the United Kingdom. The BCMA is best known for its annual awards ceremony first held in 2006 that celebrates the achievements of both UK and international artists. Membership of the Association is made up of industry professionals, artists and members of the public. After being formed in the late 1960s, the BCMA acted not only as a force to further country music in the UK, but as a travel agency where tours to Nashville could be booked. However, interest began to wane in the 1990s and the BCMA was reduced to an occasional online bulletin before being revived in 2006, when the Hall of Fame was established, followed by the return of the awards show (which had been held at various stages up until the 1990s) in 2011.

BCMA Awards[edit]

UK Awards

Year Entertainer of the Year Male Vocalist of the Year Female Vocalist of the Year Horizon Act of the Year Duo of the Year Group of the Year Musician of the Year Album of the Year Song of the Year Video of the Year
2017 Thorne Hill Gary Quinn Jade Helliwell Emma Swindells The Shires The Southern Companion Luke Thomas Cartwheels - Ward Thomas Too Country For You - Darcy Hooked - Darcy
2016[1] Jess and the Bandits Laura Oakes The Southern Companion Holloway Road Jess and the Bandits Justin Johnson 1000 Days of Rain - The Southern Companion Bad Habit - Luke & Mel
2015[2] The Shires Ben Earle Outlander Ward Thomas Raintown Iain Bradshaw Brave - The Shires Something About A Woman - Luke & Mel My Name Is Trouble - Jess and the Bandits
2014[3] Raintown Richard Palmer Claire McArthur Bain The Shires Luke & Mel John Taylor Band Lee Guyer From Where We Stand - Ward Thomas The Power Of Me And You - Gary Quinn
2013[4] Henry Smith Gary Perkins Nancy Ann Lee Luke & Mel Raintown John Permenter Nashville Sessions Vol. 2 - Peter Kennedy He Don't Show Her Anymore - Gary Quinn
2012[5] Travellin' Rose Spur C'est La Vie Derek Thurlby Nashville Sessions Vol 1. - Peter Kennedy Damascus Road - Brian Hughes
2011[6] Darren Busby Nadine Sommers Pig Earth Kalibre Gary Perkins & The Breeze Gaynor Sutcliffe My Kind Of Paradise - Brian Hughes You're On Your Own - Steve Black

International Awards

Year International Act of the Year International Album of the Year International Song of the Year Irish Act of the Year European Act of the Year
2017 Jenn Bostic Welcome Home - Zac Brown Band Making Me Look Good Again - Drake White
2016[1] Phil Vassar Traveller - Chris Stapleton Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton
2015[2] Striking Matches Southern Style - Darius Rucker Stripes - Brandy Clark
2014[3] Chris Young The Outsiders - Eric Church The Mona Lisa - Brad Paisley Nathan Carter Jill Johnson
2013[4] Vince Gill Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw Shunie Crampsey Hicks
2012[5] Toby Keith Clancy's Tavern - Toby Keith We Owned the Night - Lady Antebellum Big Tom
2011[6] Brad Paisley

Country to Country[edit]

Main Article: C2C: Country to Country
In 2013, the BCMA, in collaboration with the American Country Music Association, the O2 Arena and SJM Concerts, developed the C2C: Country to Country festival which took place on 16–17 March 2013 in London. The festival allowed UK country fans to see some of the biggest names in US country music for the first time.[7] In 2014, the festival expanded to include Dublin, added Oslo and Stockholm dates in 2015 and Glasgow dates in 2016.[8] Despite the majority of main stage artists being American, C2C has a "Spotlight" stage and as well as pop-up stages in London. The BCMA have a stall at the festival each year where attendees can sign up to become BCMA members. C2C headliners include Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Faith Hill and Kacey Musgraves

Starting in 2017, the organisers of the C2C festival announced an annual Country Music Week, in which various UK and international artists would play various venues around London. The inaugural week was between October 2 and October 8 and featured artists such as Little Big Town, Marty Stuart, Kip Moore, Lindsay Ell, Randy Houser, Eric Paslay, Sonia Leigh, Drake White and Jace Everett.[9][10]


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