British Country Music Association
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|Abbreviation||BCMA, British CMA|
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.
|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||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||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||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||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||Travellin' Rose||Spur||C'est La Vie||Derek Thurlby||Nashville Sessions Vol 1. - Peter Kennedy||Damascus Road - Brian Hughes|
|2011||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|
|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||Phil Vassar||Traveller - Chris Stapleton||Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton|
|2015||Striking Matches||Southern Style - Darius Rucker||Stripes - Brandy Clark|
|2014||Chris Young||The Outsiders - Eric Church||The Mona Lisa - Brad Paisley||Nathan Carter||Jill Johnson|
|2013||Vince Gill||Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw||Shunie Crampsey||Hicks|
|2012||Toby Keith||Clancy's Tavern - Toby Keith||We Owned the Night - Lady Antebellum||Big Tom|
Country to Country
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. In 2014, the festival expanded to include Dublin, added Oslo and Stockholm dates in 2015 and Glasgow dates in 2016. 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.
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