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CMA hands out international honors

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 – The Country Music Association awarded two of its 2023 CMA International Awards and celebrated its return to C2C: Country to Country Festival in the United Kingdom and Europe this past week.

"After a historic year of international growth in county music, it is truly remarkable to have been at C2C this past week surrounded by the very fans who continue to contribute to our format's achievements," said Milly Olykan, CMA Vice President, International Relations and Development.

"In 2023, our genre reached unprecedented heights worldwide, and the momentum is set to continue in 2024. Presenting this unique array of country music to our fans feels especially rewarding this year, where we are at an exciting crossroads with our genre attracting wider engagement from artists, industry and fans who are wanting to participate more in country music."

Olykan and radio broadcaster Baylen Leonard, surprised Ross Jones, Editor of Holler, a U.K. multimedia county music platform, on March 7 with the Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award for his fresh media vision and efforts to expand country globally.

Longtime BBC radio host Ricky Ross was honored by artist Carly Pearce with the International Country Broadcaster Award for his successful broadcasting career on Sunday during an interview on BBC Radio Scotland's "Another Country."

CMA officials also returned to C2C with its CMA Songwriters Series and Introducing Nashville lineup. The CMA Songwriters Series show on March 7 marked the weekend's official kickoff and featured performances by Colbie Caillat, Lauren Alaina, Stephen Wilson Jr., Charlie Worsham and special guests Abbey Cone and Fancy Hagood.

Worsham, who pulled double duty as host, led the audience throughout the evening, featuring many different sounds, styles and stories from the performers.

CMA's international touring series, Introducing Nashville, featured performances by Karley Scott Collins, Conner Smith and Lauren Watkins, with Greylan James joining the lineup in Rotterdam.

Introducing Nashville took to the stage at RTM Stage in Rotterdam, Germany, Verti Music Hall in Berlin, Germany, Kollektivet Livet in Stockholm, Sweden, Lille Sal at the Konserthus in Oslo, Norway, The O2 in London, SSE Arena in Belfast and Ovo Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland .

CMA continues its international journey with a visit to Australia for the CMC Rocks festival as well as a stop in New Zealand, where CMA will host a special Introducing Nashville showcase featuring Cooper Alan, Priscilla Block and Megan Moroney.

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