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Reid leads Canadian awards show with eight nominations

Friday, July 20, 2012 – Johnny Reid led the Cananadian Country Music Association nominations on Thursday with eight, including album and single of the year.

Dean Brody earned seven nominations, while Gord Bamford grabbed six.

The 2012 CCMA Awards will be broadcast live on CBC Television on Sunday, Sept. 9 in Saskatoon.

All of (the) nominees deserve ample recognition for their excellence as well as their tremendous contribution to Canadian country music," said Don Green, Executive Director, CCMA. "This year's nominees reflect the depth of musical talent in Canada, and we're so proud to be able to recognize those artists - both established and emerging - who have impacted Canadians with their music."

Reid's "Fire It Up" was nominated for Album of the Year, and the title track was nominated for Single of the Year, Songwriters of the Year and Video of the Year. Reid has also been recognized with nominations for Fans' Choice Award, Male Artist of the Year, Interactive Artist of the Year and Record Producer of the Year.

Brody had nominations for Single of the Year, Video of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for "Canadian Girls" and Album of the Year for "DIRT." Brody was also nominated for Fans' Choice Award,Male Artist of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year.

Nominees were:

FANS' CHOICE AWARD
Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Terri Clark
Hey Romeo
Johnny Reid

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Canadian Girls - Dean Brody
Fire It Up - Johnny Reid
Is It Friday Yet? - Gord Bamford
Somebody Somewhere - Dallas Smith
They Don't Make Em' Like That Anymore - Jason Blaine

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
16 & 1 - Doc Walker
DIRT - Dean Brody
Fire It Up - Johnny Reid
Give It Away - Paul Brandt
Roots And Wings - Terri Clark

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR
Canadian Girls (written by Dean Brody; performed by Dean Brody)
Fire It Up (written by Marty Dodson/Alan Frew/Johnny Reid; performed by Johnny Reid)
Is It Friday Yet? (written by Gord Bamford/Roger Brown/Byron Hill; performed by Gord Bamford)
Mainstreet, 1979 (written by Deric Ruttan; performed by Deric Ruttan)
They Don't Make Em' Like That Anymore (written by Jason Blaine/Deric Ruttan; performed by Jason Blaine

CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Canadian Girls - Dean Brody
Fire It Up - Johnny Reid
Give It Away - Paul Brandt
I'm Your Man - Ryan Laird
In This House - The Stellas

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Victoria Banks
Terri Clark
Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Tara Oram
Michelle Wright

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gord Bamford
Jason Blaine
Dean Brody
Chad Brownlee
Johnny Reid

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Doc Walker
Emerson Drive
Hey Romeo
High Valley
The Stellas

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Ridley Bent
Shane Chisholm
Sean Hogan
Corb Lund
Jimmy Rankin

RISING STAR
Kira Isabella
Ryan Laird
Codie Prevost
Dallas Smith
The Stellas

2012 CCMA ALL-STAR BAND AWARD NOMINEES
DRUMS Matthew Atkins (Jason Blaine) Mark Branconnier (Gord Bamford/Studio) Steve Broadhurst (Doc Walker) Chad Melchert (Gord Bamford) Brad Tebble (Hey Romeo)

BASS Nick Czarnogorski (Johnny Reid/The Stellas) Lisa Dodd (Gord Bamford) Curtis Ebner (Hey Romeo) Dennis Marcenko (One More Girl/The Higgins) Travis Switzer (Deric Ruttan/Jason Blaine/PEAR)

GUITAR Jason Barry (Jason Blaine/Dean Brody/Aaron Lines) Ryan Davidson (Gord Bamford) Darren Gusnowsky (Hey Romeo) Matt McKay (Gord Bamford/Carolyn Dawn Johnson/Session) Murray Pulver (Doc Walker)

KEYBOARDS Keith Floen (The Travelling Mabels/Session) Scott Galloway (Dean Brody) Mike Little (Alee/George Canyon) Bart McKay (Brad Johner/Aaron Lines) Rob Shapiro (Hey Romeo)

FIDDLE Denis Dufresne (PEAR/Deric Ruttan) Lynae Dufresne (PEAR) Shane Guse (Jason Blaine/George Canyon/The Western Swing Authority) Donny Parenteau (Donny Parenteau) Ali Raney (Jason Blaine/Jason McCoy/Tara Oram)

STEEL GUITAR Jeff Bradshaw (Session) John Ellis (Ridley Bent/Session) Smokey Fennell (Danny Hooper/Brett Kissel/Krysta Scoggins) Doug Johnson (Jason Blaine/Tonya Kennedy/Session) Ed Ringwald (George Canyon)

SPECIAL INSTRUMENT Shane Chisholm - Gastank Bass (Shane Chisholm) Denis Dufresne - Mandolin (PEAR) Shane Guse - Mandolin (Jason Blaine/George Canyon) Robin Pelletier - Mandolin (Gord Bamford) Curtis Rempel - Mandolin (High Valley)

2012 CCMA INDUSTRY AWARD NOMINEES MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR Cache Entertainment Inc. Hummel Entertainment MDM Recordings Inc. O'Reilly International Entertainment Management RGK Entertainment Group Inc.

BOOKING AGENCY OF THE YEAR The Agency Group Big Air Entertainment Cressman Sakamoto Agency Paquin Entertainment

RON SAKAMOTO TALENT BUYER OR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR Kelly Berehulka (Casinos of Winnipeg) Jim Cressman (Cressman Sakamoto Agency) Lindsay Ell/Rod Tate (Calgary Stampede) Rob Waloschuk (Dauphin's Countryfest/Performance Promotions) Larry Werner (Big Valley Jamboree/Panhandle Productions)

COUNTRY CLUB OF THE YEAR Cook County Saloon - Edmonton, AB The Corral - Oshawa, ON Duke's Country Club - Grande Prairie, AB Ralph's Texas Bar & Steakhouse - Medicine Hat, AB Ranchman's Cookhouse & Dancehall - Calgary, AB

ALBUM DESIGN OF THE YEAR
Mitch Nevins/Mark Maryanovich/Jill Snell - DIRT (Dean Brody) Patrick Duffy/Rob Waymen - Is It Friday Yet? (Gord Bamford) Jason Blaine/Megan Chalmers - Life So Far (Jason Blaine) Mediavandals/Brandon Heard/Sheila Hash - Love Me Or Leave Me (Chad Brownlee) Antoine Moonen/Ivan Otis - Roots And Wings (Terri Clark)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Gord Bamford Dean Brody Chad Brownlee Hey Romeo Johnny Reid

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Stephano Barberis (Is It Friday Yet? - Gord Bamford; Somebody Somewhere - Dallas Smith) Antonio Hrynchuk (Carried Away - Chad Brownlee; Down Dusty Roads - Bryce Pallister) Margaret Malandruccolo (I'm Your Man - Ryan Laird; In This House - The Stellas; Maybe - One More Girl) Troy Niemans (I'm Gone - Victoria Banks; Honky Tonk Groupie - Codie Prevost; I Will Wait - Six West) Warren P. Sonoda (Saddle Up - George Canyon)

MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANY OF THE YEAR EMI Music Publishing Grand & Gee Music Group ole Royalty Music Publishing Inc. Universal Music Publishing Group

RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR Gord Bamford/Byron Hill (Is It Friday Yet? - Gord Bamford) Jason Blaine/Jason Barry (Life So Far - Jason Blaine) John Ellis (16 & 1 - Doc Walker) Bart McKay (Journey On - Todd Richard) Johnny Reid (Fire It Up - Johnny Reid)

RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR Armoury Studios - Vancouver, BC Barrytone Studios - St. Clements, ON Bart McKay Productions - Saskatoon, SK MCC Recording Studio - Calgary, AB The Drive Shed Recording Studios - Toronto, ON

RECORD COMPANY OF THE YEAR EMI Music Canada On Ramp Records Inc. Open Road Recordings Royalty Records Inc. Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.

RECORD COMPANY PERSON OF THE YEAR Warren Copnick (Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.) Brianne Deslippe (Open Road Recordings) Ron Harwood (EMI Music Canada) Ron Kitchener (Open Road Recordings) Rob Smith (Royalty Records Inc.)

RETAILER OF THE YEAR HMV Canada Inc. iTunes Canada Lammle's Western Wear & Tack Walmart Canada Corp.

COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAM OR SPECIAL OF THE YEAR Canadian Coast To Coast (CJVR-FM) Canadian Country Spotlight (Syndicated) Chevrolet Top 20 Countdown (CMT) Employee Of The Week (CMT) Johnny Reid - Fire It Up Live (CMT)

COUNTRY FESTIVAL, FAIR, OR EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR Big Valley Jamboree - Camrose, AB Calgary Stampede - Calgary, AB Dauphin's Countryfest - Dauphin, MB Manitoulin Country Fest - Little Current, ON Summer Send Off - Ponoka, AB

2012 CCMA BROADCAST AWARD NOMINEES MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR- SECONDARY MARKET Shilo Bellis - CJXL-FM - Moncton, NB Tim Day - CKGY-FM - Red Deer, AB Cal Gratton - CIXM-FM/CJVR-FM - Whitecourt, AB/Melfort, SK KT Timmermans - CFRM-FM - Little Current, ON Peter Walker - CJKX-FM - Oshawa, ON

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