Ash Dallas, the country music capital of Australia, has won the award for Female Artist of the Year at the night of country music nights, the 2022 Golden Guitar Awards.
Dallas Runway with Luke O’Shea Long way ’round also won CMT Video of the Year – co-directed by Jay Seeney and Luke O’Shea.
Speaking to ACM on the red carpet, the Tamworth local said they were “a little emotional” to be at the event for its 50th year.
“It’s so nice to celebrate in my beautiful hometown of Tamworth,” Dallas said.
“It’s really special. It’s a huge honor to be nominated.”
While accepting the Video of the Year award, Dallas said his heart almost leapt out of his chest when O’Shea asked him to collaborate.
“This song has brought me immense joy at every step of the creative journey,” she said.
“I want to say a big thank you to everyone who played this song, bypassed it and shared the music video and felt the joy this song brought to me.”
Shane Nicholson topped the ranks, winning four Golden Guitar Awards for Toyota Album of the Year.
His ninth studio album live in color saw him release Alt Country Album of the Year, along with his track You will have your way crowned APRA AMCOS Song of the Year and Apple Music Single of the Year.
His victories were closely followed by record holder Troy Cassar-Daley, who took home three awards, including Male Artist of the Year, making history with 40 Golden Guitar Awards.
Cassar-Daley has surpassed country legends Slim Dusty and Lee Kernaghan with the most Golden Guitars ever won by an individual artist.
his album The world today won gold in the Best Selling Album of the Year category, while his track South with Ian Moss was named Vocal Collaboration of the Year.
And Cassar-Daley celebrated with an incredible live performance by Back to the countrythe first single from his award-winning album.
The always hilarious Beccy Cole has been inducted into the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown, recognizing country music pioneers and industry icons.
She has won 11 Golden Guitar Awards and released 10 studio albums.
The awards recognize recordings released between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 – with 17 handed out overnight.
The Wolfe Brothers won Country Music Capital News Group or Duo of the Year, with their nostalgic album Children on tape winner of Contemporary Country Album of the Year.
They took the stage with a special performance by something good is gonna happen with special guest Amy Sheppard.
Country Music Association of Australia President Dobe Newton congratulated everyone who brought the awards to life.
“Five decades is a truly remarkable time to celebrate and tonight we honored and saluted industry legends and icons,” he said.
“And we celebrated new talent and newcomers, who will no doubt one day leave a fantastic mark on the Australian country music scene.
“Congratulations to all and 50 others! »
Country-folk artists The Weeping Willows also picked up two awards, with their single Black Crow named Bluegrass Recording of the Year, which the duo performed live on stage at the awards show.
their track Southern Gothic was also crowned Coca-Cola Instrumental of the Year, bringing Golden Guitar’s total win count to three.
Toyota 50th Golden Guitar co-host and performer Adam Harvey has won his ninth Golden Guitar Award, with his 15th studio album Highway One Songs named traditional country album of the year.
While singer-songwriter Angus Gill The easy wayco-written with Manfred Vijars, won Bush Ballad of the Year.
Australian country-pop band Darlinghurst have been crowned New Talent of the Year for their track Where are we goingwhile alt-country singer-songwriter Michael Waugh picked Heritage Song of the Year for the title track of his fourth studio album dirty river.
Bush boy Lee Kernaghan was treated to a star-studded tribute to mark the 30and anniversary of the release of his iconic and multi-platinum album, The Outback Club.
The performance featured the Wolfe Brothers, Catherine Britt, Christie Lamb and James Johnston, artists Kernaghan inspired and nurtured throughout her career.
Other performances of the night included Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham, Ashleigh Dallas, Angus Gill and new talent Camille Trail, Cass Hopetoun and Raechel Whitchurch.
NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said Tamworth, the event organizers and the musicians had shown incredible resilience in overcoming the challenges of recent years.
“2022 marks the 50th Golden Guitar Awards at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, a momentous milestone celebrating our finest performers and emerging country music stars,” he said.
“The festival is one of our most unique events, it’s Australia’s biggest music festival and one of the top 10 music festivals in the world.
“The variety of country music and the wealth of talent is staggering.”
And festival-goers can save the date of 2023, with the 51st The dates for the Tamworth Country Music Festival are set for January 13-22.