OTTAWA — Tenille Townes could be lined up for some major wins at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards tonight.
The singer-songwriter from Grande Prairie, Alta. is the leading nominee with nods in six categories.
Those include female artist, songwriter, and entertainer of the year, as well as the fans’ choice award.
Other big contenders at Canada’s biggest night in country music include Dean Brody and Brett Kissel with five nods each. James Barker Band, the Reklaws and Dallas Smith each have four.
The CCMA Awards air on Global T-V, but the show will look quite different this year without the boisterous arena of fans.
Most of it was pre-taped last month in Barrie, Ont. and Nashville as organizers moved forward in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Appearances by international artists Kane Brown, Sam Hunt and Tim McGraw will deliver some extra star power, while there will be performances by Don Amero, Jess Moskaluke and Tebey who will duet with Quebecois pop star Marie Mai.
Among the CCMA categories slated to be given out on the broadcast are entertainer of the year, where the Reklaws and Dallas Smith are nominated alongside Townes, Brody and Kissel.
Single of the year nominees are Jade Eagleson (“Count the Ways’”, Smith (“Drop”), James Barker Band (“Keep It Simple”), High Valley (“Single Man”) and Brody (“Whiskey in a Teacup”).
Album of the year nominees include Brody’s “Black Sheep,” Kissel’s “Now or Never,” Tenille Arts for “Love, Heartbreak, & Everything Between,” James Barker Band’s “Singles Only” and Meghan Patrick with “Wild As Me.”