This year’s Canadian Country Music Awards will be hosted by a true national treasure.
On Monday the Canadian Country Music Association announced that none other than Shania Twain will be hosting the 36th annual awards show, which will broadcast live from Hamilton, Ont. on the CBC on Sunday, Sept. 9.
“I’m so excited to host the CCMA Awards this year,” Twain said. “It’s such a pivotal moment in country music as the industry evolves we’re seeing a new generation of deeply talented artists emerge and I look forward to being a part of the celebration of them and also celebrating some of the trailblazers before them.”
The Canadian country music icon, who recently released her first album in nearly ten years and is heading out on tour this summer, will also be the second artist ever to receive the CCMA’s Generation Award, celebrating her impact on the country music industry.
“I’m deeply honoured to be receiving the Generation Award this year,” Twain said of the honour. “If I inspire anyone to embrace their creative liberty and write what they really think and feel without limitation, then that is all I can hope for. Music can bridge gaps and bring people together and we should all work together to ensure that everyone has the freedom to sing and express their truth.”
Tickets to attend the event at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre will be available April 27, with select tickets available for pre-sale from CBC Music starting April 25.
The 2018 CCMA Awards will honour the best in Canadian country music, and is set to feature performances by some of the biggest names in the industry, along with new emerging talent.