The Country Music Awards of Australia recognise, celebrate and honour outstanding achievement in Australian Country Music.
The awards are the major activity of Country Music Australia (CMAA). The Awards presentations are accompanied by a star-studded gala concert featuring outstanding Australian country music and some of our newest rising stars. The Country Music Awards of Australia is the nation’s longest running music awards concert and the pinnacle event of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
THE 44th COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS OF AUSTRALIA 2016
The 44th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, will be staged on Saturday 23rd January 2016 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre (TRECC). The Awards are country music’s night of nights when the winners will take home the coveted Golden Guitar trophies. This is the one event where you’ll see ALL THE MAJOR STARS attending, presenting or performing.
Coming to the awards? Arrive early and check out the stars on their Red Carpet arrival. Please note: The use of any audio or video devices, including mobile phones, to record any portion of the concert is strictly illegal. Such devices are permitted ONLY in the TRECC forecourt and in the foyer. In consideration of the presenters, artists and your fellow audience members, please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off throughout the concert.
THE HISTORY OF THE AWARDS
The Awards were first held in 1973 in Tamworth, one of New South Wales’ major regional centres, around the same time the city began promoting itself as Australia’s Home of Country Music. Since they began the Awards have played the key role in developing and promoting Australian country music. Under the CMAA, they continue to grow and develop as the primary focus for country music in Australia. Originally, the Awards were staged in the historic Tamworth Town Hall with a capacity audience of around 1,000. Over the years, the Awards venue has ranged from school halls to a giant ‘big top’ and converted factory. Since 1999, they have been presented in Country Music Capital’s $6 million Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre (TRECC) in front of a capacity audience of 5,000 fans, artists, industry people and visitors. The CMAA Awards recognise and promote excellence in Australian country music songwriting, performance and recording.
THE GOLDEN GUITAR
Today the famous Golden Guitar trophies, which sparkle on the stage at the Country Music Awards Of Australia, are recognised all over the nation as a symbol of country music and Tamworth. Over forty years ago they were just an idea.
In late 1972, 2TM‘s Mr Hoedown, John Minson and 2TM Station Manager, Max Ellis agreed the trophy would have to be rock solid and truly representative of country music. After deciding on the concept of a bronze guitar, local artist Harry Frost was commissioned to produce a detailed design based on a semi cut-away, dual pick-up, hollow-bodied guitar. It was a recognition of both traditional design, and modern amplified electric guitar.
The finished trophy stands 24cm high (with base) and weighs 1.5kgs. Country Music stalwart, John Minson personally prepared each and every Golden Guitar grinding, smoothing and polishing the rough casts and mounting them on their carefully finished bases.
The Golden Guitar Awards became the foundation of a festival, which has been created around the core event over the past 30 years.
They may be only cast bronze, but when a winning artist steps forward on the Awards stage amid the cheers and adulation, the spotlights and the cameras, the glitter and excitement, the Golden Guitars might as well be real gold.
To read more about the history of the Golden Guitar click HERE