Shania Twain impressed at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards on Sunday, not only as the host but as the night’s biggest winner, taking home four trophies.
Canada’s celebration of the best in country music kicked off with a tribute to Twain’s legendary career as Jess Moskaluke, Kira Isabella and Madeline Merlo took to the stage at the FirstOntario Centre to perform a medley of the “You’re Still The One” singer’s hits. Twain herself joined the women for “Honey, I’m Home”.
The night only got better for the 53-year-old country-pop icon from there, as her latest album Now was awarded with Top Selling Album of the Year and Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year. Twain also received the coveted Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award and was presented the Generation Award by Canadian pop star Alessia Cara.
“My musical influences have always been diverse but country music gave me a home, a place where a fast-talking girl from northern Ontario, who dreamt for bigger things for her and her family, could be heard,” Twain said (via CBC).
Throughout the night, the “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” hitmaker gave shoutouts to the various women nominated for awards and called for more progress for women in the country music industry.
“I’m thrilled to see women in country dominating the album of the year category. But we can go further by recognizing a place for diversity in country music by being inclusive and by really respecting what women of country have always been able to deliver: heart, soul and a kick-ass guitar riff.”
Elsewhere, Moskaluke took home the trophy for Album of the Year for her record Past the Past, while Dallas Smith won Male Artist of the Year and Meghan Patrick won Female Artist of the Year.
Keith Urban was also in attendance to induct Canadian country legend Terri Clark into the 2018 Hall of Fame and perform his song “Never Coming Down”.
OFFICIAL 2018 CCMA AWARD WINNERS:
FORD Album of the Year
Past the Past – Jess Moskaluke
Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award
Female Artist of the Year
Group or Duo of the Year
The Washboard Union
Male Artist of the Year
Sirius XM Rising Star
Single of the Year
Chills – James Barker Band
A complete list of 2018 CCMA Award winners can be found at ccma.org.