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Grande Prairie native Tenille Townes continued her wins Sunday night at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards, winning Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Masquerades and the Single of the Year for Girl Who Didn’t Care.

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Townes, who also co-hosted the evening with American artist Blanco Brown, also took home the award for Songwriter of the Year for the same song, which was announced at the gala dinner and parties on Saturday. music industry awards. Country icon George Fox and producer Randall Prescott were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

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Townes kicked off the night on acoustic guitar, which turned into a fiery duet with Brown.

“It’s so good to be back home in Alberta,” she said after winning Female Artist of the Year, before paying tribute to female artists, or heroes, who preceded her, including Michelle Wright, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Patricia Conroy. . Townes has won five of the seven awards for which she has been nominated. She won four CCMA awards in 2019, which was the last time she performed in Calgary. She said winning album of the year was especially significant since the majority of songs on Masquerades were written during the pandemic.

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“(I felt) so lost and so isolated and the whole world was going through so much,” she said. “Being able to find healing in music at that time was such a light for me. This album will always represent that for me.

Paying homage to the past and looking to the future were themes on Sunday night, including celebrating greater gender inclusion. An all-star lineup sang hits from yesteryear, including Tim Hicks’ run at Blue Rodeo TrySACHA offering her version of Michelle Wright Take it like a man and Tyler Joe Miller in Shane Yellowbird Pickup.

Behind the scenes, Hall of Fame inductee George Fox spoke about the country music scene in the 1990s. He joined Jade Eagleson earlier this week for a Legends show at the Arts Common as part of the Country Music Week, where they performed an unlikely cover of Steppenwolf’s born to be wild.

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Dallas Smith, winner of the Fans Choice Award and Male Artist of the Year, poses for a photo at the CCMA 2022 at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia
Dallas Smith, winner of the Fans Choice Award and Male Artist of the Year, poses for a photo at the CCMA 2022 at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia Photo by Azin Ghaffari /Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

There is currently a career retrospective exhibit at the National Music Center dedicated to Fox’s long career.

“I wish there was a category for best dressed country singer,” he said. “I had all the crazy leather jackets and the silver belt buckle you could see from the balcony and the ostrich skin pants and all that.”

Other winners announced on Sunday included Andrew Hyatt of Sudbury, Ont., for the Rising Star Award.

Dallas Smith won Fans’ Choice and Male Artist of the Year, which he dedicated to his wife and band.

The Reklaws of Ontario, who were not present, received the award for best-selling Canadian single of the year on Saturday. The duo, consisting of siblings Jenna and Stu Walker, also picked up the first win of the night for group or duo of the year.

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Drag performer Kaos speaks to the media during CCMA 2022 at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia
Drag performer Kaos speaks to the media during CCMA 2022 at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia Photo by Azin Ghaffari /Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Other awards on Saturday went to Calgary band Nice Horse bassist/vocalist Brandi Sidoryk, who won Bassist of the Year, while Nice Horse took home Video of the Year for his song. High school, which they shot during the height of the pandemic. They beat heavyweights such as Townes, Gord Bamford and Jade Eagleson in the category.

“It was a really special win for us,” Nice Horse drummer Krista Wodelet said on the red carpet before the show. “We did the whole video ourselves and it was completely DIY. We made it on green screens in our living room and put it together. It was really special.

Eagleson, who had six nominations, won best-selling Canadian album of the year for Honky Tonk Revival Saturday. Eagleson, who walked the red carpet with his wife Marina, has earned the most nominations of any male entertainer this year but won just one trophy.

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“This one wasn’t planned,” he said ahead of Sunday’s show. “We went to dinner and all of a sudden we won a prize. We are really happy. We have one, if we lose the rest, we can always say at least that we have material.

Nice Horse speaks to the media at CCMA 2022 at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia
Nice Horse speaks to the media at CCMA 2022 at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia Photo by Azin Ghaffari /Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Red carpet fashion ran the gamut on Sunday night, from the mandatory elegant dresses to Eagleson and George Fox’s country-gentleman outfit, baseball cap and t-shirt ensemble by Rising Star-winner Andrew Hyatt, man-in-look black sported by Bret Kissel and spiked and leather ensemble by Calgary-based drag queen Kaos. Kaos was a presenter this year and joined Calgary expat Lindsey Ell for a performance of Just in time, which celebrated inclusivity and diversity. Kaos participated in the third season of Canada’s Drag Race.

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“Country is all kinds of things, it’s not just cowboys and hats,” she said on the red carpet. “That’s all.”

Ell, who had just completed a European tour, said it was great to be back in Calgary, although she admitted she felt more pressure when performing in front of her many family members. and his friends in the Calgary audience. She applauded the growing diversity and inclusion in the genre and for the performers who “bravely stepped up and said exactly who they are. It takes a lot of courage. »

The general mood on the red carpet was one of gratitude, especially the return to full festivities after a few years of canceled or scaled-down awards shows during the pandemic.

“Everyone is so happy to be together,” said Alberta country singer Aaron Goodvin, who was up for single of the year for boy like me and performed several times during Country Music Week. “I am a hug. Whenever I can kiss someone, I’m in. I probably kissed the same people 10 times this weekend. This is how I connect with people. It was awesome.

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