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CMA announces international honors

Monday, March 19, 2018 – The Country Music Association presented international awards this past week during C2C: Country to Country festival in London and CMC Rocks QLD festival in Australia.

Canadian singer/songwriter Dean Brody, BBC Radio 2's Mark Hagen, Little Big Town, Spotify's John Marks, AEG Presents' Milly Olykan and Chris Country's Chris Stevens received honors.

Brody took the Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award. The award recognizes U.S. The artist must have furthered the popularity of country and brought attention to country music in their country

Brody received the honor Down Under. In 2016, Brody won his second Juno Award for his album "Gypsy Road," which featured the single "Bring the House Down." The song was certified double Platinum in Canada and became the highest-selling digital single ever for a Canadian artist. His most recent album, "Beautiful Freakshow, features "Time," the number 1 country song in Canada for 13 weeks straight in 2017. Brody has won 16 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards and last year won CCMA Songwriter of the Year, Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year for "Time" and the coveted Fans' Choice Award.

Hagen won the Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in the media as they relate to country outside the U.S.

Hagen, a 40-year television and radio veteran producer, currently works for BBC Radio 2 where he produces "Bob Harris Country," the U.K.'s only national country radio program, as well as BBC Radio 2's coverage of the CMA Awards, "CMA Fest" and "CMA Country Christmas."

LBT took the International Artist Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by a U.S.-based artist who has demonstrated the most significant growth, development and promotion of the country outside of the U.S.

Since its first appearance at the inaugural C2C festival in 2013, LBT is the only act to perform at C2C 3 times, returning last week as festival headliners. In 2017, the group completed a seven-day U.K. tour, including included a sold-out performance at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The Jo Walker-Meador International Award went to Marks and Milly Olykan. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual in advocating and supporting country's marketing development in territories outside the U.S.

Marks is the Global Editor for country at Spotify where he curates over 25 country playlists, including his primary playlist, Hot Country. He also is a CMA board member.

As VP of Live Music and Major Arena Events for AEG Presents, Olykan is the Festival Director and co-promoter of C2C, the U.K. and Ireland's largest country festival.

The International Country Broadcaster Award went to Chris Stevens, recognizing outstanding achievement by a radio broadcaster or syndicated radio reporter outside the U.S. who has made important contributions for the development of country music in their country.

Stevens launched Chris Country Radio simply because he wanted to hear more country on U.K. radio.

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