CMC Music Awards Winners And Red Carpet Gallery

Foxtel’s Country Music Channel (CMC) has announced the winners for the 7th Annual CMC Music Awards 2017 during a LIVE broadcast on CMC from The Star Gold Coast.

The Annual CMC Music Awards is the only viewer voted Country Music Awards, allowing music fans to vote for their favourite Australian and international Country artists they think deserve to be awarded over eight categories.

Country music rising star TRAVIS COLLINS has cemented his position as the one to watch in country music, taking out three awards including the coveted CMC Australian Artist of the Year Award previously won by Adam Brand for the last two years. Collins also took out CMC Male Artist of the Year and CMC Australian Video of the Year and is part of the ARIA Award for Highest Selling Australian Artist for Adam Brand and The Outlaws.

Collins took to the stage to perform his award winning single ’Call Me Crazy’, which he co-wrote with Damien Leith, topping off a successful night and year so far with three Golden Guitar Award wins also under his belt. Collins looks sure to shine brighter and is becoming one of Australia’s most exciting country/rock music talents.

Country music king and four time GRAMMY® Award winner KEITH URBAN, took home both the CMC International Artist of the Year, his fifth win in this category and CMC International Video of the Year, his fourth win in this category, this year for his single ‘Wasted Time’ from his eighth studio album “Ripcord”.

URBAN was also awarded with the ARIA Highest Selling International Album Award for “Ripcord” and thanked his fans and CMC via a video acceptance speech. Urban said: “I feel very proud tonight, thank you. The tour I just had in Australia was the most fun I ever had touring ever, so thank you for everyone that came out and saw us play and for supporting the album. I feel extremely grateful. We tour all over the world and there is always something around me that makes me feel Aussie no matter where I go. I am always going to feel that way and I am very grateful and grateful for these awards”.

Music legend LEE KERNAGHAN has earned his place as one of Australia’s leading contemporary music artists who have made a huge impact on country music in Australia. Coinciding with the 25 Year Anniversary of Lee's debut album “The Outback Club” (1992), the CMC Music Awards this evening celebrated the road paved by Kernaghan by honouring him with the CMC Hall of Fame Award which recognises artists who have had an impact on Australian country music beyond their own.

CHELSEA BASHAM, the gifted singer-songwriter from the West Australian wheat belt has established herself as one of Australia’s hottest new talents and tonight took out the award CMC Female Australian Artist of the Year which she adds to her three hit singles, a Golden Guitar win and APRA award nomination. 

Emerging star FANNY LUMSDEN was awarded CMC New Australian Artist of the Year. Lumsden has undeniably made an impression since the release of her debut album “Small Town Big Shot” which earned her a nomination for the 2016 ARIA Award for Best Country Album.

Multi-award winning country music trio THE McCLYMONTS took out CMC Group or Duo of the Year. Throughout their ten year career, The McClymonts have released four studio albums which have received 2x Gold Sales Accreditations, 10x Golden Guitar Awards, 2x ARIA Awards, an APRA Award and CMA Award for Global Artist of the Year. They have released twenty hit singles along the way, and won countless fans and critics as they toured extensively around Australia and the USA. 

The 7th Annual CMC Music Awards featured a stellar line-up of artists performing including Grammy Award winning group LITTLE BIG TOWN who made their debut Australian visit and performed their single ‘Better Man’ written by Taylor Swift from their eighth studio album “The Breaker”.

In a moving tribute to Lee Kernaghan, fellow country music artists banded together to perform a celebratory medley of Lee’s greatest hits including Adam Brand performing ‘She’s My Ute’, Catherine Britt and Jasmine Rae singing “Hat Town’, Travis Collins performed ‘Flying With The King’, Christie Lamb and Caitlyn Shadbolt performed ‘Boys From The Bush’ and The Wolfe Bros performed ‘Australian Boy’. Lee Kernaghan ended the spectacular evening by performing ‘Outback Club Reunion’.

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