Whether you realize it or not, people love country music overseas.
The Country Music Association is taking the opportunity to honor industry executives and artists who have made a significant impact on the growth and promotion of Country Music in International markets. Nominees from Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States are recognized in five categories including marketing, media, broadcast and, of course, artists themselves.
CMA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS – NOMINEES:
JO WALKER MEADOR INTERNATIONAL AWARD
This award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual in advocating and supporting Country Music’s marketing development in territories outside the United States.
Nigel Hassler, CAA, U.K.
Susan Heymann, Chugg Entertainment, Australia
Christina Sas, UMG International, Germany
Bob Shennan, BBC Music, U.K.
Chris York, SJM Concerts, U.K.
WESLEY ROSE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This award recognizes outstanding achievements in the media as they relate to Country Music outside of the United States.
David Dawson, NU Country, Australia
Rob Farina, iHeartRadio, Canada
Jan Gradvall, Sweden
Claire Horton, Claire Horton PR, U.K.
Paul Sexton, U.K.
INTERNATIONAL ARTIST ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Formerly the International Touring Artist Award, this award recognizes outstanding achievement by a United States-based artist who has demonstrated the most significant creative growth, development and promotion of the Country Music industry outside of the United States during the eligibility period.
The Cadillac Three
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY BROADCASTER AWARD
This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a radio broadcaster or syndicated radio reporter outside the United States who has made important contributions for the development of Country Music in his/her country.
Stuart Banford, Downtown Radio, Northern Ireland
Casey Clarke, Casey Clarke Productions, Canada
Paul Jackson, NOVA Entertainment, Australia
Baylen Leonard, BBC Radio 2, U.K.
Trevor Smith, Aloha Media, Australia
JEFF WALKER GLOBAL COUNTRY ARTIST AWARD
This award recognizes outstanding achievements by a Country Music artist signed outside of the United States. The artist must have furthered the popularity of Country Music as well as brought attention to the Country Music format in their foreign based territory.
Travis Collins, Australia
Ilse DeLange, The Netherlands
James Barker Band, Canada
Jill Johnson, Sweden
Ward Thomas, U.K.
Winners will be presented with their awards in March as CMA hosts several events in international territories including Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.