Country Music Awards of Australia

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CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia
Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the Australian country music industry
CountryAustralia
Presented byCountry Music Association of Australia
First awardedJanuary 1973; 49 years ago (1973-01)
Websitewww.country.com.au
Television/radio coverage
NetworkCMC

The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia also known as the Golden Guitar Awards (originally named Australasian Country Music Awards) is an annual awards night held in January during the Tamworth Country Music Festival, in Tamworth, New South Wales, celebrating recording excellence in the Australian country music industry.[1] They are wholly owned and staged by the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA). The awards are hosted at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre (TRECC) on the Saturday night of the Australia Day long weekend and have been held annually since 1973.[2] The first award ceremony had just six awards. The awards show attracts a live audience of 5000 people from the media, the music industry and the public and is broadcast on free to air and pay TV, as well as through ABC Radio, streamed on Ben Sorensen's REAL Country and aired on other commercial and community radio stations.

Awards[edit]

The award winners are given a Golden Guitar trophy. These are cast in solid bronze on a base of polished Tasmanian Blackwood. They are 235 mm tall and weigh 1.5 kilos.

Australian Roll of Renown[edit]

Since 1976, the Australian Roll of Renown is an award to honour Australian and New Zealander country music artists who have shaped the industry by making a significant and lasting contribution to Country Music.

Major awards[edit]

Here is a list of major award winners.[3]

Country Music Awards of Australia
Year Album of the Year Song of the Year (APRA) Female Artist of the Year Male Artist of the Year Top Selling Album of the Year
1973 Me & My Guitar by Slim Dusty "Lights On the Hill" by Slim Dusty not awarded not awarded Redback on the Toilet Seat by Slim Newton
1974 Live At Tamworth by Slim Dusty "Goondiwindi Grey" by Tex Morton "Dust On Mother's Bible" by Suzanne Prentice "July You're a Woman" by Reg Lindsay Heaven Is My Woman's Love by Col Joye
1975 Australiana by Slim Dusty "The Biggest Disappointment" by Slim Dusty "What Kind of a Girl Do You Think I Am" by Jean Stafford "The Biggest Disappointment" by Slim Dusty not awarded
1976 Lights On the Hill by Slim Dusty "Santa Never Made It to Darwin" by Bill & Boyd "I Can Feel Love" by Heather McKean "My Lancashire Yodelling Lass" by Rex Dallas Worst in the World by Slim Dusty
1977 Angel of Goulburn Hill by Slim Dusty "Three Rivers Hotel" by Slim Dusty "Sweet Country Music" by Suzanne Prentice Angel of Goulburn Hill by Slim Dusty Things I See Around Me by Slim Dusty
1978 Country Travellin' by The Hawking Bros "Indian Pacific" by Slim Dusty How Great Thou Art by Suzanne Prentice Silence On the Line by Reg Lindsay Indian Pacific by Slim Dusty
1979 One Day At a Time by The Hawking Bros "Beat of the Government Stroke" by Slim Dusty "Grievous Angel" by Anne Kirkpatrick "Marty" by Slim Dusty One Day At a Time by The Hawking Bros
1980 Walk a Country Mile by Slim Dusty "Three Empty Bottles" by Dave Pincombe Hello Love by Jean Stafford "The Empty Arms Hotel" by Reg Lindsay Walk a Country Mile by Slim Dusty
1981 The Man Who Steadies the Lead by Slim Dusty "One Armed Bandit" by Allan Caswell & Brian Caswell "That Glory Bound Train" by Jean Stafford "I Love You So Rebecca" by Johnny Chester The Man Who Steadies the Lead by Slim Dusty
1982 The Lady and the Cowboy by Jewel Blanch & Arthur Blanch "His Spurs Are Rusty Now" by Rex & Colin Dallas "I Can Love You" by Jewel Blanch "Rough Around The Edges " by Johnny Chester Who Put the Roo in the Stew by Webb Bros
1983 Too Late for Regrets by Arthur Blanch "Used to Be a Gold Song" - Allan Caswell & Keith Potger Send All The Ghosts Away by Jewel Blanch "An Ad in The Weekly Times" by Johnny Chester One Day At a Time by Suzanne Prentice
1984 On the Wallaby by Slim Dusty "I Was Only 19" by John Schumann/Redgum "Beautiful Lady" by Patsy Riggir "I've Come a Long Way" by Arthur Blanch "I Was Only 19" by John Schumann/Redgum
1985 Trucks On the Track by Slim Dusty "Queen in the Sport of Kings" by John Williamson You'll Never Take the Country Out of Me by Patsy Riggir "What Do Lonely People Do" by Arthur Blanch Trucks On the Track by Slim Dusty
1986 Road Thru the Heart by John Williamson "The Garden" by Allan Caswell You Remind Me of a Love Song by Patsy Riggir "You and My Guitar" by John Williamson Yodelling Man by Roger Tibbs
1987 Mallee Boy by John Williamson "He's a Good Bloke When He's Sober" by Slim Dusty Now I'm Easy by Deniese Morrison "True Blue" by John Williamson Patsy Rigger Country by Patsy Rigger
1988 Neon City by Slim Dusty "The Old Time Tent Shows" by Alan Hawking "I'm Stronger Than I Look" by Evelyn Bury "Black Jack Blues Again" by Allan Caswell Mallee Boy by John Williamson
1989 Boomerang Café by John Williamson "We've Done Us Proud" by Slim Dusty "Battle Hymn of Love" by Deniese Morrison "Cloncurry Cattle Song" by James Blundell Boomerang Café by John Williamson
1990 Warragul by John Williamson "Kimberley Moon" by James Blundell "You've Gotta Learn to Dance" by Deniese Morrison "Kimberley Moon" by James Blundell Warragul by John Williamson
1991 Coming Home by Slim Dusty "The Blue Heeler" by James Blundell "Sarah's Memory" by Norma Murphy "Age of Grace" by James Blundell Two Singers, One Song by Slim Dusty & Anne Kirkpatrick
1992 Out of the Blue by Anne Kirkpatrick "Things Are Not the Same On the Land" by Slim Dusty "I Guess We've Been Together Too Long" by Anne Kirkpatrick "The River" by Keith Urban JW's Family Album by John Williamson
1993 The Outback Club by Lee Kernaghan "Boys from the Bush" by Lee Kernaghan "Tamworth" by Norma O'Hara Murphy "Boys from the Bush" by Lee Kernaghan This Road by James Blundell
1994 Three Chain Road by Lee Kernaghan "Three Chain Road" by Lee Kernaghan "Two Stars Fell" by Gina Jeffreys "Three Chain Road" by Lee Kernaghan Touch of Water by James Blundell
1995 Homeland by Graeme Connors "Songs from the Homeland" by Graeme Connors "Girls Night Out" by Gina Jeffreys "Songs from the Homeland" by Graeme Connors Three Chain Road by Lee Kernaghan
1996 1959 by Lee Kernaghan "The Great Australian Dream" by Graeme Connors "Didn't We Shine" by Gina Jeffreys "End of the Road" by Troy Cassar-Daley Mulga to Mangoes by John Williamson
1997 December Moon by Tania Kernaghan "The Road Less Travelled" by Graeme Connors "Where the Murray Meets the Darling" by Tania Kernaghan "The Road Less Travelled" by Graeme Connors 1959 by Lee Kernaghan
1998 True Believer by Troy Cassar-Daley "Living in the Circle" by Dead Ringer Band "Dunroamin' Station" by Tania Kernaghan "Little Things" by Troy Cassar-Daley Pipe Dream by John Williamson
1999 Hat Town by Lee Kernaghan "Last Man Standing" by Adam Brand "Dancin' with Elvis" by Gina Jeffreys "Goondiwindi Moon" by Lee Kernaghan Hat Town by Lee Kernaghan
2000 The Captain by Kasey Chambers "They Don't Make 'em Like That Anymore" by Troy Cassar-Daley "The Captain" by Kasey Chambers "They Don't Make 'em Like That Anymore" by Troy Cassar-Daley The Way It Is by John Williamson
2001 Good Friends by Adam Brand "Good Things in Life" by Adam Brand "This Heart" by Beccy Cole "Good Friends" by Adam Brand Looking Forward Looking Back by Slim Dusty
2002 Workin' Overtime by Adam Harvey "Not Pretty Enough" by Kasey Chambers "Too Strong to Break" by Beccy Cole "Shake of a Hand" by Adam Harvey Barricades & Brickwalls by Kasey Chambers
2003 Electric Rodeo by Lee Kernaghan "Born to Survive" by Troy Cassar-Daley "The Story of My Life" by Beccy Cole "Born to Survive" by Troy Cassar-Daley Electric Rodeo by Lee Kernaghan
2004 Beautiful Circle by Sara Storer "Raining on the Plains" by Sara Storer Beautiful Circle by Sara Storer "Call It Love" by Adam Harvey Golden Road by Keith Urban
2005 Family Tree by Melinda Schneider "Real People" by Melinda Schneider "Pony" by Kasey Chambers "That's What You Call a Friend" by Adam Harvey Wayward Angel by Kasey Chambers
2006 Chandelier of Stars by John Williamson "Lonesome But Free" by Troy Cassar-Daley Firefly by Sara Storer "Lonesome But Free" by Troy Cassar-Daley Chandelier of Stars by John Williamson
2007 The New Bush by Lee Kernaghan "Poster Girl (Wrong Side of the World)" by Beccy Cole "Poster Girl (Wrong Side of the World)" by Beccy Cole The New Bush by Lee Kernaghan The New Bush by Lee Kernaghan
2008 I'm Doin' Alright by Adam Harvey "Land Cries Out" by Sara Storer "Then There's Me" by Dianna Corcoran "Everything's Going to Be Alright" by Troy Cassar-Daley Stronger by Melinda Schneider
2009 Rattlin' Bones by Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson "Rattlin' Bones" by Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson "What I Did Last Night" by Catherine Britt "Get On Down the Road" by Adam Brand Rattlin' Bones by Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
2010 I Love This Place by Troy Cassar-Daley "Big Big Love" by Troy Cassar-Daley "Roller Coaster" by Felicity Urquhart I Love This Place by Troy Cassar-Daley Defying Gravity by Keith Urban
2011 Still Walking by Graeme Connors "Little Bird" by Kasey Chambers "Little Bird" by Kasey Chambers A Good Life by Graeme Connors Planet Country by Lee Kernaghan
2012 Falling Into Place by Adam Harvey "Bad Machines" by Shane Nicholson "Waitress" by Beccy Cole "Long Hot Summer" by Keith Urban Get Closer by Keith Urban
2013 Home by Troy Cassar-Daley "Home" by Troy Cassar-Daley "Charlestown Road" by Catherine Britt Home by Troy Cassar-Daley Home by Troy Cassar-Daley
2014 Lovegrass by Sara Storer "Lady of the Land" by Luke O'Shea Lovegrass by Sara Storer "Flying With the King" by Lee Kernaghan Beautiful Noise by Lee Kernaghan
2015 Bittersweet by Kasey Chambers "Three Brothers (The Great War)" by Luke O'Shea "Superheroes" by Amber Lawrence Sing You You by Luke O'Shea
2016 Freedom Ride by Troy Cassar-Daley "Freedom Ride" by Troy Cassar-Daley Boneshaker by Amber Lawrence Freedom Ride by Troy Cassar-Daley Spirit of the Anzacs by Lee Kernaghan
2017 Things I Carry Around by Troy Cassar-Daley "Call Me Crazy" by Travis Collins Silos by Sara Storer Hard Light by Travis Collins Ripcord by Keith Urban
2018 Endless by The McClymonts "Our Backyard" by Travis Collins & Amber Lawrence More Than Meets the Eye by Aleyce Simmonds Love and Blood by Shane Nicholson The 25th Anniversary Album by Lee Kernaghan
2019 Country Heart by The Wolfe Brothers "Ain't Seen It Yet" by The Wolfe Brothers Lioness by Beccy Cole Brave & The Broken by Travis Collins Graffiti U by Keith Urban
2020 Frozen Rabbits by Felicity Urquhart "Chain of Joy" by Felicity Urquhart Frozen Rabbits by Felicity Urquhart Things That We Drink To by Morgan Evans Backroad Nation by Lee Kernaghan
2021 Fallow by Fanny Lumsden "The High Price of Surviving" by Shane Nicholson Fallow by Fanny Lumsden Wreck Me by Travis Collins The Speed of Now Part 1 by Keith Urban
2022[4] Living in Colour by Shane Nicholson "And You Will Have Your Way" by Shane Nicholson Ashleigh Dallas Troy Cassar-Daley The World Today by Troy Cassar-Daley

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodbridge, Claude; Woodbridge, Margaret (3 December 1992). "Gearing-up for Tamworth music awards". The Canberra Times. National Library of Australia. p. 16. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  2. ^ Tjis, Andrew (3 January 2007). "Tamworth Prepares Country Music Awards and Festival". Undercover (Paul Cashmere, Ros O'Gorman). Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Golden Guitar Award Winners". www.country.com.au. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  4. ^ Maguire, Kemii (20 April 2022). "2022 Golden Guitar Awards see Cassar-Daley take out Slim Dusty record, Shane Nicholson and Ashleigh Dallas collect top gongs". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 21 April 2022.