September 9, 2018
2018 CCMA Award Winners
SHANIA TWAIN ROCKS THE COUNTRY AS HOST OF 2018 CCMA AWARDS
AND TAKES HOME FOUR MONUMENTAL AWARDS
2018 CCMA Awards streamed globally for the first time ever by CBC,
making the show live around the world
Sunday, September 9 (Hamilton, ON) -- It’s official. Hamilton knows how to throw an epic party. Tonight, the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) took over FirstOntario Centre for Canada’s biggest night in country music, celebrating the world’s top talent from the 2018 CCMA Awards stage. Broadcast live on CBC, the evening saw host Shania Twain awarded with Top Selling Album of the Year, Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year, the CCMA Generation Award and the coveted Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award.
One-of-a-kind performances were at the heart of the show’s success, starting with the night’s opener -- a Shania Twain tribute performed by FORD Album of the Year winner Jess Moskaluke, Kira Isabella and Madeline Merlo. Surrounded by a crowd of 10,000 country music fans, the 2018 CCMA Awards stage came to life as internet-sensation Mason Ramsey made his first Canadian award show appearance and international superstar Keith Urban performed his hit “Never Coming Down”.
Highlights also included collaboration performances by 2018 CCMA Award winner Brett Kissel (Interactive Artist of the Year) and Serena Ryder, a tribute performance for 2018 Hall of Fame inductee Terri Clark by Suzy Boggus, Jessica Mitchell, Meghan Patrick (2018 Female Artist of the Year) and Clark herself.
OFFICIAL 2018 CCMA AWARD WINNERS:
FORD Album of the Year
Past the Past - Jess Moskaluke
Apple Music Fans' Choice Award
Female Artist of the Year
Group or Duo of the Year
The Washboard Union
Male Artist of the Year
Sirius XM Rising Star
Single of the Year
Chills - James Barker Band
MEDIA NOTE: A complete list of 2018 CCMA Award winners can be found at ccma.org.
Country Music Week will return to Calgary, AB for the first time in a decade for 2019. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to official CCMA digital platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube) for updates.
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.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.
About CBC Music
CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Music app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering over 100 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit www.cbcmusic.ca