The Canadian Country Music Association handed their annual awards over the weekend — and some big names went home happy.
41-year-old B.C. native Dean Brody was awarded Songwriter of the Year for his platinum-certified single “Bring Down the House”. The hit song also led him to receive the Top Selling Canadian Single award as well as CMT Video of the Year
Brody was named songwriter of the year for his song Bring Down The House, which also earned him the titles of single of the year and CMT video of the year.
26-year-old Country crooner Brett Kissel snagged himself a perfect set, taking home his third-straight Interactive Artist of the Year award, and also won Male Artist of the Year and the coveted Fan Favourite award, with Kissel joking that he borrowed some campaigning tips from the U.S. election.
“Now that I’ve spent so much time in Nashville and watching the presidential race with Clinton and Trump, I’ve been inspired because it’s like no stone left unturned, these people don’t hold off any punches,” Kissel said before the awards ceremony, reports CBC News.
“My big motto’s been, ‘Don’t vote for Trump, don’t vote for Clinton, vote for Brett Kissel.'”
Other names awarded at the event include: The Washboard Union (Roots Artist of the Year), Yoan (Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year, “Yoan”), Luke Bryan (Top Selling Album of the Year, “Kill The Lights” and Eric Ethridge (CCMA Discovery award).
This year’s winners of musician awards are as follows: Travis Switzer (Bass Player of the Year), Chad Melchert (Drummer of the Year), Jason Barry (Guitar Player of the Year), Mike Little (Keyboard Player of the Year), Ed Ringwald (Steel Guitar Player of the Year). Shane Guse doubled up on his award, taking home one for Specialty Instrument Player of the Year for the Mandolin and one for Fiddle Player of the Year.
Moving to the Hall of Fame wing, Murray McLauchlan was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Paul Mascioli was honoured with the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Stan Klees Builder award. Mike Stevens received the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award in recognition of charity efforts he founded with ArtsCan Circle.