2011 Golden Guitar Nominees

Since its inauguration year of 1973, the Country Music Awards of Australia, or CMAA, has been hosting its awards ceremony during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January each year. Approximately five thousand audience members arrive each year to support the awards and to find out who will walk away with the breathtaking Golden Guitar awards. The trophies are spectacular, as each trophy weighs approximately 1,5 kilograms due to them being cast from solid bronze and placed on a Tasmanian Blackwood base. The nominees for the 2011 Golden Guitar awards have recently been announced.

As the nominees in the various categories for the 2011 Golden Guitar awards get ready for the 22 January 2011, fans who are attending the festival and the awards evening will be looking forward to seeing many of their favorite artists and bands walk the red carpet. The nominees and their different categories were released as follows:

Male Artist of the Year
Lee Kernaghan – Planet Country
Graeme Connors – A Good Life
Adam Brand – It’s Gonna Be OK
Luke Austen -She’s So You
Markus Meier – A Different Land

Female Artist of the Year
Dianna Corcoran – Thank You For Cheating On Me
Kasey Chambers – Little Bird
Catherine Britt – Can’t Change A Thing
Tracy Killeen – Brave
Melinda Schneider – The Deadwood Stage

Album of the Year
Planet Country – Lee Kernaghan
Wrapped Up Good – The McClymonts
Little Bird – Kasey Chambers
Keep Breathing – Dianna Corcoran
Still Walking – Graeme Connors

New Talent of the Year
Luke Austen – She’s So You
McAlister Kemp -All Kinds Of Tough
Markus Meier -A Different Land
Tracy Killeen – Brave
Peter McWhirter – I Will Stand By You

Group or Duo of the Year
The Bostocks – Not By A Long Shot
Jonah’s Road – End Of The World
The Sunny Cowgirls – Summer
McAlister Kemp – All Kinds Of Tough
The McClymonts – Wrapped Up Good

Vocal Collaboration of the Year
Seven Spanish Angels – Adam Harvey & Troy Cassar-Daley
Here We Are – Anne Kirkpatrick & Bill Chambers
Both Sides Now – Adam Harvey & The McClymonts
Love Like A Hurricane – Kasey Chambers & Kevin Bennett
Sing Me Home – McAlister Kemp & Adam Brand

Instrumental of the Year
Dixie Breakdown – Ian Simpson & John Kane
Optimystical – Michael Fix
Run And Hide – The Bostocks
Badl Bounce – Steve Passfield
Pronto Tonto – Brendan Radford

Single of the Year
Wrapped Up Good – The McClymonts
Little Bird – Kasey Chambers
Planet Country – Lee Kernaghan
Thank You for Cheating On Me – Dianna Corcoran
A Beach House in the Blue Mountains – Graeme Connors

Heritage Song of the Year
Australian Boy – Written by Lee Kernaghan, Col Buchanan & Garth Porter
Nullarbor (The Biggest Backyard) – Written and Recorded by Kasey Chambers
Sacred Bones – Written by Luke Austen & Troy Cassar-Daley. Recorded by Luke Austen
Children of the Gurindji – Written by Sara Storer. Recorded by Sara Storer and Kev Carmody
Angels Without Halos – Written and Recorded by Graham Rodger

APRA Song of the Year
Little Bird – Written and recorded by Kasey Chambers
Planet Country – Written by Lee Kernaghan, Matt Scullion, Garth Porter, Colin Buchanan
It Don’t Buy You Love – Written by Drew McAlister & Mike Carr
Better Than This – Written by Rod McCormack & Adam Harvey
All The Money’s Gone – Written and Recorded by Graeme Connors

Video Clip of the Year
Australian Boy – Lee Kernaghan
Wrapped Up Good – The McClymonts
Calling Me Home – Sara Storer
Girl In The Mall – Felicity Urquhart
Little Bird – Kasey Chambers

Bush Ballad of the Year
The Cooper Coming Down – Written and Recorded by Graham Rodger
Say G’Day From Me – Written and Recorded Ian Quinn
Every Time He Travels Through Cloncurry – Written by Peter Denahy. Recorded by Luke Austen
The Battered Billy Tin – Written by Shaza Leigh & Ben Jacobs. Recorded by Brian Letton
Kings Without A Crown – Written by Ray Rose. Recorded by Tom Maxwell