2018 Apple Music Fans’ Choice Nominees

CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION UNVEILS 10 ARTISTS
COMPETING FOR COVETED 2018 APPLE MUSIC FANS’ CHOICE AWARD

Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award nominees announced in advance
of full nominee list roll-out today at 12:30pm EST on ET Canada Facebook LIVE

 

July 11, 2018 (Toronto, ON) - And they’re off! Last night marked the first CCMA Awards nominee announcement of 2018 as ET Canada unveiled the 10 nominees for the coveted Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award. With the remainder of the 2018 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Award nominations being announced later today (12:30pm EST), country music fans are encouraged to help crown this year’s Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award winner, by streaming their favourite artist on Apple Music or casting votes online.

The 2018 Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award nominees are:

  • Gord Bamford
  • Dean Brody
  • Chad Brownlee
  • Tim Hicks
  • High Valley
  • James Barker Band
  • Brett Kissel
  • Jess Moskaluke
  • Dallas Smith
  • Shania Twain

Here are the three ways fans can vote for their favourite 2018 Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award nominee:

1. Streaming on applemusic.com/CCMAawards. Votes will be plays of nominees’ songs in the Apple Music CCMA Fans’ Choice playlist. Any song played will count as one vote for the corresponding artist, with maximum one vote per song per day per Apple Music member. Each artist has two songs on the playlist. Apple Music will collect and verify these votes.

The Apple Music voting portal is active now through Thursday, September 6 at 3:00 a.m. EST.

2. Online through ccmafanvote.com — a voting website where nominees can encourage fans to visit to cast their vote. Here, fans will be able to vote multiple times for their favourite artist by simply clicking on an act’s photo to vote. To note: captchas will be set up to catch any bot voting attempts. The votes will be collected and verified via DMDS/Yangaroo.

The URL voting portal is active now through Sunday, September 9 at 9:00 p.m. EST, one hour into the live stream of the 2018 CCMA Awards Show.

3. Via #hashtag voting. Hashtag voting will coincide with Country Music Week, with fans encouraged to vote for their favourite Apple Music Fans’ Choice nominee by using the appropriate hashtag on Facebook and Twitter. Only one hashtag per post will count as a vote.

Retweets count as a vote. Fans can vote as often as they like. ExMachina will collect and verify these votes.

The hashtags are:

#FansChoiceGord
#FansChoiceDean
#FansChoiceChad
#FansChoiceTim
#FansChoiceHighValley
#FansChoiceJBB
#FansChoiceBrett
#FansChoiceJess
#FansChoiceDallas
#FansChoiceShania

The hashtag voting mechanism will be active Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 12:00 a.m. EST through to Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. EST (one hour into the live stream of the 2018 CCMA Awards Show).

URLs for voting sites are now live.

The winner of the 2018 Apple Music Fans’ Choice Awards will be announced live during the second hour of the 2018 CCMA Awards Show broadcast on CBC and cbcmusic.ca/ccmas on Sunday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Good luck to all nominees!

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About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)
Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2018 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Radio Starmaker Fund, the Government of Ontario, City of Hamilton, Tourism Hamilton and the Hamilton, Halton and Brant Regional Tourism Organization.

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