– Hamilton, Ontario
In case you missed the Canadian Country Music Awards (in order to see Keith Urban), I will try my very best to recap the event and the after party so that you will not have missed a thing!
The awards started off by naming Chad Brownlee the Rising Star. I chatted with Chad after the show, and along with being friendly (and reallyyyyyy cute), he also asked me to make a shout out to the London fans on his behalf. He was apparently in London a few weeks ago playing a private show in someone’s backyard. If this ‘someone’ is reading this…why weren’t Dave, Rachel and I invited?!
Tara Oram performed ‘1929’ before One More Girl rocked the stage with “Fall Like That.” The award for Video of the Year was handed out to Johnny Reid for “Today I’m Gonna Try and Change the World.” He also took home the hardware for Male Artist of the Year AND Fan’s Choice Award!
Jim Cuddy performed “Everyone Watched the Wedding,” and then Terri Clark took the stage with an acceptance speech for Female Artist of the Year that had us all teary eyed. The boys of Emerson Drive then took the stage to perform “Let Your Love Speak.”
Fans went wild when Toronto Blue Jays players JP Arencibia and Brett Lawrie took the stage to introduce Gord Bamford. Gord did a medley of songs and then brought his beautiful little girl up on stage to end with “My Daughter’s Father.”
Single of the Year went to our good friend Dean Brody for “Trail in Life,” before Taylor Swift came on the video board to introduce Doc Walker’s performance of “Country Girl.” Luke Bryan then hit the stage to do his song “Country Girl (Shake it for Me)” and had the crowd streaming as he did his Elvis-like pelvis shaking dance moves.
George Canyon took things down a notch with “When Love is All You’ve Got,” and had his good friend Richard Marx join him on stage. Terri Clark then performed Trooper’s “Here for a Good Time” before Backstreet Boy Howie D. took the stage to hand out the award for Best Group or Duo to Hey Romeo.
Dean Brody then performed “People Know You by Your First Name,” and had the entire crowd holding up white cards with our names on them. Dean also won Album of the Year for “Trail in Life.”
Country music superstar, Ronnie Dunn then took the stage for a tremendous performance of “Bleed Red” which gave everyone chills. The show capped off with a bang as Canadian country music superstar, Paul Brandt, took the stage to perform “Give it Away” and his hit single from a couple years back “Didn’t Even See the Dust.”
As the show wrapped up, I headed over to the CCMA After Party where I ‘worked the room’ on behalf of BX93! I was able to chat with Carolyn Dawn Johnson, High Valley, Tara Oram, Paul Brandt, Jaydee Bixby, Chad Brownlee, Dean Brody, Emerson Drive, George Canyon, Johnny Reid, Gord Bamford and Canadian country music icon, Michelle Wright. All artists send their love back to all of their fans in London!