Country music star Lee Kernaghan has taken out the first of the 2018 Golden Guitar Awards.
On Tuesday morning, it was announced Kernaghan was the recipient of the Sanity Top Selling Album of the Year Golden Guitar award for his 25th anniversary album.
Kernaghan was nominated for four finalists places and he’ll find out if he’ll take home the other three at the awards ceremony on Saturday, January 27 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre.
As organisers gear up for the 46th annual awards, the performers have been announced for this year’s ceremony.
Hosted by Nashville-via-Australia duo O’Shea the Awards will celebrate the best of Australian country music in 2017 and this year the awards have an overlying theme of ‘Country in the Key of Collaboration’ – a celebration of the diversity and collaborative nature the industry.
In addition to their hosting duties, O’Shea will take the stage for a special performance featuring a choir of students from the CMAA Senior Academy of Country Music.
Seven-time finalists Kasey Chambers and The McClymonts will also be amongst the performers list along with Travis Collins & Amber Lawrence, Shane Nicholson, The Bushwackers featuring John Williamson & The Bush Choir, Judah Kelly, Tania Kernaghan, Fanny Lumsden, Tom Curtain and Luke O’Shea, Aleyce Simmonds, Dean Perrett, Davidson Brothers, Ashleigh Dallas and first-time finalist Brad Butcher.
Toyota Golden Guitar Awards Executive Producer, Peter Ross said he was thrilled to be able to announce such a stellar line-up of artists to perform at the 2018 Awards.
“The artists announced to perform at the 2018 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards will showcase the many different styles and genres of country music being performed and enjoyed today,” Mr. Ross said.
“They are all a testament to the quality and depth of talent we have in Australian country music across a range of genres, with a great mix of established and up-and-coming artists set to entertain all those in attendance.
“This line-up further assures that the stage is set for an incredible showcase in Tamworth on January 27 when we announce the winners on Australian country music’s biggest night.”