British Country Music Awards Nominations Announced!

  • Awards to be hosted by BBC Radio 2 and Amazing Radio presenter Baylen Leonard
  • Nominations to be announced on Monday July 11
  • Previous winners include The Shires, Brandy Clark, Ward Thomas, Brad Paisley, Luke & Mel, Striking Matches
  • Awards weekend opens with a Best of British Showcase featuring Dexeter, The Southern Companion, Thorne Hill, Gary Quinn and guest American Beau Fuller.
  • The Awards ceremony will feature performances from Red Sky July, Katy Hurt, Holloway Road and many more.

    The nominees for the prestigious British Country Music Awards have been announced.
    This event has attracted and become the benchmark for many artist s who were previously unknown to the Country music fans who just attend the many events around the club scene and as Country music in the UK grows more and more young acts have been enticed to the genre and so these awards recognise those up and coming artists both here and abroad as well as the more celebrated performers. They are open to all.
    Members of the British Country Music Association will have the final say on the winners when voting takes place.

    Of the nominees Ben Earle gets three nominations including two with Crissie Rhodes as part of The Shires. Nathan Carter gets another nod for Entertainer of the Year, he was nominated too in 2014 and 2015 as was Raintown who must be doing something right, they have four nominations this year, one for Entertainer and the other three in Video, Album and Group categories. Gary Perkins, who recently won CCN Band of the Year also gets a nomination in the Entertainer category.

    Newcomers to the awards nominations are The Southern Companion, Ashton Lane, Thorne Hill and Red Sky July. A spokesman said: ‘The quality of the British acts who have come to the fore since British Country music has stepped up to the mark means we shall be soon listening to more of our own acts rather than importing them from across the world. We can match the US with quality, we just need to get them publicised more. The likes of The Southern Companion, Holloway Road, The Shires and Ward Thomas are creating waves and it is no wonder the large recording companies have opened offices in London.’

    For more details of the Awards Show and the Best of British event to be held the day before at the same venue in London or go to
    The nominees are:

    Entertainer of the Year
    The Shires
    Nathan Carter
    Jess & The Bandits
    Gary Perkins

    Group of the Year
    Jess & The Bandits
    Gary Quinn Band
    Red Sky July

    Female Vocalist of the Year
    Laura Oakes
    Claire McArthur-Bain (Raintown)
    Katy Hurt
    Jessica Clemmons (Jess & The Bandits)
    Crissie Rhodes (The Shires)

    Musician of the Year
    Lee Guyler
    Justin Johnson
    Scott Poley
    Sarah Jory
    John Pettifer

    Duo of the Year
    Ward Thomas
    The Shires
    Luke & Mel
    Holloway Road
    Ashton Lane

    UK Album of the Year
    Belle Cannon – Evolution
    The Southern Companion – 1000 Days Of Rain
    Raintown – Writing On The Wall
    Thorne Hill – No More Holding Back
    Red Sky July – The Truth And The Lie

    Male Vocalist of the Year
    Thorne Hill
    Ben Earle (The Shires)
    Nathan Carter
    Pete Kennedy
    Gary Quinn

    Horizon Act of the Year
    The Southern Companion
    Acoustic Journey
    Samantha Lloyd

    UK Song of the Year
    The Southern Companion – Crash
    Katy Hurt – Love You More
    Luke & Mel – Bad Habit
    Ashton Lane – Seventeen
    Raintown – Nineteen Again

    International Song of the Year
    Chris Stapleton – Tennessee Whiskey
    Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man
    Tim McGraw – Humble And Kin d
    Maren Morris – My Church
    Carrie Underwood – Smoke Break

    International Album of the Year
    Chris Stapleton – Traveller
    Thomas Rhett – Tangled Up
    Carrie Underwood – Storyteller
    Eric Church – Mr Misunderstood
    Chris Young – I’m Coming Over

    International Act of the Year
    Little Big Town
    Dixie Chicks
    Phil Vassar
    Thomas Rhett
    Kip Moore

    Video of the Year
    Thorne Hill – Open Road
    Raintown – Writing On The Wall
    Luke & Mel – Bad Habit
    Gary Quinn – Dodge Your Bullet
    The Southern Companion – Drive