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AWARDS (Click on More to view all articles): CCMA, Country Music TV Canada Honored

Sheila Hamilton, general manager of the Canadian Country Music Association, and Country Music Television Canada received the most prestigious international awards on September 8 during the CCMA President's Reception by CMA Associate Executive Director Tammy Genovese and Jeff Walker, head of the CMA's Global Markets Task Force.

Hamilton, who began working with CCMA in 1977, received the Jo Walker Meador International Award. The Jo Walker Meador International Award was established in 1994 to recognize outstanding achievement by an individual or company in advocating and supporting Country Music's development internationally.

Country Music Television Canada was presented with the Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award. CMT Canada is Canada's only 24-hour music and entertainment network that focuses on Country, folk, Celtic and roots music. Established in 1990, the Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievements in the media, which contribute to the development of Country Music outside the United States.

Brandt to Host Canada Country Awards

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Paul Brandt has a surefire way to conquer his nervousness at Monday night's Canadian Country Music Awards.

The Calgary Sun reports Brandt has ensured he won't be fidgeting in the audience, waiting to see if he wins any of the five awards he's up for: He'll be too busy as host of the event.

Brandt jokes that they didn't even get to finish the question when producers asked him to host — that's how quickly he said yes.

The 30-year-old Brandt is vying for single of the year, album of the year and the fans' choice award, among others.

Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Emerson Drive and Terri Clark will also be listening to hear if their names are called as winners.

Performers will include Kenny Rogers, Diamond Rio and Keith Urban. The awards show will be broadcast live on CBC in Canada and on CMT in the United States.

Also on tap for Monday night, Anne Murray is slated for induction into the Canadian Country Music Association's Hall of Fame. But that's not all she has to celebrate.

Murray's first inspirational recording, "What A Wonderful World," has just been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, her spokesman said.

As well, the Sparrow Label Group is preparing to release her latest collection, "Country Croonin' — 30 Timeless Country Classics," on Oct. 22.

Murray plans to tour the United States this fall and winter to support the album.