The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) had a vision of how to celebrate Canada’s biggest night in country music and the country music community is so grateful for their foresight and creativity. They did what everyone thought was so very difficult to do – they showed the world that Canada knows how to bring it. They created an unforgettable evening of epic performances highlighting the incredible talent that all Canadians have come to love in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. The 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD were filmed from Burl’s Creek, Ontario, and Nashville, Tennessee, over the course of four days earlier this summer and were broadcast nationally on Global TV on September 27. There were seven artist-category awards handed out on Saturday, September 26, at the CCMA Music Industry Awards and eight awards handed out on September 27 on-air from two different countries, which were made this year’s awards show so unique.
There were some amazing collaborations to grace this most-coveted (and unconventional) stage this year. Dean Brody and The Reklaws performed “Can’t Help Myself” in the middle of a country field surrounded by fans in their cars beaming their headlights onto the artists. There was the cool concept of the James Barker Band performing “Keep it Simple” from both official CCMA Award locations. A special collaboration that was the most-fitting finale and the pinnacle of the night featured Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Tenille Townes, Lindsay Ell, and Meghan Patrick performing Blue Rodeo’s “Lost Together” on the rooftop stage at the Westin Nashville.
The 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD also delivered the biggest talent lineup fans have ever seen and Sunday evening had a lot of magical moments. To see up and coming artists like Don Amero, Tenille Townes, and Jade Eagleson join the stage with greats like the immeasurable talented Jess Moskaluke, the Hunter Brothers with their chilling pitch-perfect harmonies, the quintessential Brett Kissel, and the absolutely incredible Dallas Smith, just to name a few, was a great tribute to the country that we all call home. What’s more, the vitality and commitment to bring it from everyone on each of those stages was magnificent. Those performances tied together to deliver a powerful show.
Vancouver’s Dallas Smith took home the coveted TD Entertainer of the Year award for the second consecutive year. Smith was also lauded for his outstanding accomplishments in 2020 on Saturday night at the CCMA Music Industry Awards where he took home awards in both the Top-Selling Canadian Album of the Year presented by Music Canada and Top-Selling Canadian Single of the Year categories.
Also celebrating three wins was Alberta’s Brett Kissel, who landed wins in the Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and for the second year in a row he took home Fans’ Choice. On Saturday night, Kissel also celebrated a win at the CCMA Music Industry Awards for Creator Director(s) of the Year.
2019’s breakout star Tenille Townes continued her ACM winning streak as she accepted awards in the Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the Year presented by SOCAN and Video of the Year categories.
The Washboard Union took home the CCMA 2020 Group of the Year for the third year in a row and the Roots Artist/Album Award for the fifth consecutive year.
Lindsay Ell won the Interactive Artist or Group of the Year for the second year in a row and Saskatchewan’s Tenille Arts celebrated her first-ever CCMA Awards win for Rising Star.
Here are the 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD winners:
TD Entertainer of the Year
Album of the Year
Now or Never — Brett Kissel
Female Artist of the Year
Group or Duo of the Year
The Washboard Union
Male Artist of the Year
Single of the Year
“Keep It Simple” — James Barker Band
Interactive Artist or Group of the Year
Roots Album of the Year
Everbound — The Washboard Union
Songwriter(s) of the Year presented by SOCAN
Tina Parol, Gordie Sampson, Tenille Townes
Song: “Jersey on the Wall (I’m Just Asking)”
(Performed by: Tenille Townes)
Top-Selling Album of the Year
What You See Is What You Get — Luke Combs
Top-Selling Canadian Album of the Year presented by Music Canada
The Fall — Dallas Smith
Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year
“Drop” — Dallas Smith
Video of the Year
“Jersey on the Wall (I’m Just Asking)” — Tenille Townes
Here are the winners of the CCMA Music Industry Awards
Bass Player of the Year (TIE)
Drummer of the Year
Fiddle Player of the Year
Guitar Player of the Year presented by PRS Guitars
Keyboard Player of the Year
Specialty Instrument Player of the Year
Steel Guitar Player of the Year
Music Director of the Year (Large Market)
Amanda Kingsland — CKBY FM, Ottawa, ON
Music Director of the Year (Medium or Small Market)
Shilo Bellis — CJXL FM, Moncton, NB
Country Personality(ies) of the Year
Shannon Ella — Pure Country
Radio Station of the Year (Large Market)
CKRY-FM — Calgary, AB
Radio Station of the Year (Medium or Small Market)
CJXL-FM, Moncton, NB
Booking Agency of the Year
Video Director of the Year
Country Club of the Year
King Eddy — Calgary, AB
Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition of the Year
Boots and Hearts Music Festival — Oro-Medonte, ON
Country Music Program or Special of the Year
Canada Together: In Concert — Corus Entertainment
Management Company of the Year
Music Publishing Company of the Year
Warner Chappell Music Canada
Record Company of the Year
Warner Music Canada
Industry Person of the Year presented by MNP
Mike Denney — MDM Recordings Inc.
Creative Director(s) of the Year
Design Team: Brett Kissel, Connor Scheffler
Album: Now Or Never (Artist: Brett Kissel)
Recording Studio of the Year
Noble Street Studios — Toronto, ON
Record Producer(s) of the Year
Retailer of the Year
Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year
Paul Biro — Sakamoto Agency
For more information on the CCMA and the 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD, please visit ccma.org
Hi all. I’m Nanci Dagg. I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and have lived my entire life here. There is nothing I like better than supporting local artists followed by supporting Canadian artists. Although I was a classic rock gal, my go to genre is country. Something about this music that just makes me feel great. I can be found at most country music concerts and shows (from someone’s house to really large venues) taking lots of pictures. Music and photography are two of my passions. Add to this mix, writing about artists, well let’s say, life doesn’t get better than this.