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Canadian Country Music Assocation announces 2003 Canadian Country Music Awards Nominees

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CCMA Official Website)- In celebration of its 27th anniversary, the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), together with the CBC and CMT Canada, has announced the nominees for the Year 2003 Awards Presentation.

Topping the list of 2003 Canadian Country Music Awards nominees is eight-time nominee, Shania Twain. The international superstar is a finalist in every major membership-voted category including two nominations for "CMT Video of the Year." In company with the Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and Anne Murray, Twain adds the eighth win potential with a nomination for "Top Selling Album" (a non-voting category).

Newcomer Aaron Lines received nominations in six categories and multiple CCMA award winner, Terri Clark, received five nominations. Fan favorites, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Adam Gregory, Brad Johner and Lisa Brokop scored with two nominations a piece, and award show host, Paul Brandt, acquired nominations for "Male Artist of the Year and the "Fans' Choice Award."

The 27th Annual Canadian Country Music Awards Show is scheduled to take place Monday, September 8, 2003, at Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome. The star-studded show will include live performances from many of this year's final list of nominees as well as an international act. (To be named in the coming weeks). The show will be broadcast live on the CBC at 8:00 PM EST, on CMT in the US, and a later broadcast on CMT Canada.
Tickets to attend the CCMA Award Show can be purchased through Ticketmaster on July 22nd.

2003 CCMA Award Nominees Fans' Choice Award:

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Cry A Little Gil Grand
Forever And For Always Shania Twain
I Just Wanna Be Mad Terri Clark
Rocket Girl Doc Walker
You Can't Hide Beautiful Aaron Lines

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Free Brad Johner
Living Out Loud Aaron Lines
Pain To Kill Terri Clark
Up! Shania Twain
Workin' On It Adam Gregory

SOCAN SONG OF THE YEAR
Cry A Little (written by Gil Grand / Odie Blackmon; recorded by Gil Grand)
Forever And For Always (written by Shania Twain / R.J. Lange; recorded by Shania Twain)
Free (written by Brad Johner / James Grandy; recorded by Brad Johner)
Rocket Girl (written by Jason McCoy / Denny Carr; recorded by Doc Walker)
Whiskey And Wine (written by Lisa Brokop / Ryan Reynolds; recorded by Lisa Brokop)

CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Cry A Little Gil Grand
Forever And For Always Shania Twain
I Just Wanna Be Mad Terri Clark
I'm Gonna Getcha Good Shania Twain
You Can't Hide Beautiful Aaron Lines

TOP SELLING ALBUM
Country Croonin' Anne Murray
Drive Alan Jackson
Home Dixie Chicks
Unleashed Toby Keith
Up! Shania Twain

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lisa Brokop
Terri Clark
Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Shania Twain
Michelle Wright

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Paul Brandt
Adam Gregory
Aaron Lines
Jason McCoy
Duane Steele

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Doc Walker
Emerson Drive
Ennis Sisters
The Good Brothers
Poverty Plainsmen

RISING STAR AWARD
Samantha King
Aaron Lines
Jake Mathews
Deric Ruttan
Dean Tuftin

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Kathleen Edwards
Great Big Sea
Sean Hogan
The Corb Lund Band
Jimmy Rankin






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